"Why? Why do you do that? I don't know.''
OK, so perhaps on the flip side it was just a bit of a glitch. That's possible, right? Show me a team that hasn't had a meltdown at some point during the season. There are maybe five of them out there.
"I don't think it's a confidence breaker. It's a bump in the road,'' sophomore guard Jabarie Hinds said. "We got blown out. It's not the end of the world. We've got another game on Saturday. We just have to bounce back.''
"It's not easy, but you have to move on to the next day,'' Harris said. "You try to fix the problems, but it's in the past now.''
True, but there have been too many of these meltdowns to pretend that this one was an aberration. This is a team that still hasn't beaten anyone in the Big 12 worth a nickel, and everyone that's not (WVU is 5-0 against the three teams below it in the standings and 0-6 against those above).
The hope was that beating up on a compacted string of those bottom teams might give the Mountaineers confidence to face the better ones, who make up the rest of the schedule after Saturday's home game with Texas Tech.
Going out and losing by 20 can't help that.
"I don't think it undid it, but it just lets us know that we have to stay focused,'' Harris said. "We have to move on to the next game.''
And what that might bring? Well your guess might be as good as any, including Huggins.
"I don't know,'' Huggins said. "I don't profess to know.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.