It helps immensely, too, that Deniz Kilicli is also playing well inside.
"I think Deniz has been so much more active,'' Huggins said. "And when Deniz is active, Deniz draws people, which opens up things for other people. You look at his stat line [at TCU] and he goes 4 for 8. But what it doesn't show is how many times he draws people to him because everybody's concerned about him scoring close.''
The most encouraging thing for the future, though, is the way Harris and Henderson are shooting and scoring, especially Harris. When Henderson was making shots earlier in the season it was easy for opponents to counter that and defend him because no one else could shoot.
"The truth of the matter is that before he was just one of the guys running around out there,'' Huggins said. "And now they kind of set their defense to make sure that he doesn't get the looks that he did get.
"If you think about it, the guy they were chasing before was Terry, and then Terry got hurt and I don't think anybody thought Eron could shoot it the way he shoots it.''
On Saturday, Huggins did something he rarely does to counter that.
"We went 2-3 zone because they were coming down and attacking us and I thought everybody was going to foul out there for a while,'' Huggins said. "We went to the 2-3 zone just to try to burn some clock and make it so they couldn't just come down and attack us.''
The problem is that West Virginia doesn't rebound well in that defense. TCU outrebounded the Mountaineers a whopping 16-5 in that first half. The problem was compounded by the fact that WVU wasn't getting any offensive rebounds, either. It was 31 minutes into the game before Kevin Noreen got the team's second and third offensive rebounds on the same possession.
"We haven't played 2-3 zone since the Oklahoma game and we lost the Oklahoma game because they outrebounded us in crucial situations,'' Huggins said. "Am I concerned about it? Yeah, I'm concerned about it.''
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