If Cassell Coliseum rattled this bunch, what will it do at Missouri or any of the Big 12 arenas?
"It's like your kids," Huggins said. "You try to do the best job of telling your kids what's going to happen, you know? And most of the time they don't listen either.
"You've already been through it. So you try to tell them not to make the same mistakes I made - and they go and make the same mistakes their parents do. I guess that's what it is.
"I've told 'em and told 'em and told 'em and told 'em and told 'em that they can't take plays off. And we continually take plays off. We continually come out of a stance. We continually stand up. We continually don't get back and fortify the 3-point line.
"And on top of that, we missed about 106 layups."
What about those blocked shots, five from Cadarian Raines, who is but 6-foot-9?
"It's the first time we've played against guys who can block shots," shrugged Huggins. "We don't have any, so they don't ever see it in practice."
Huggins admitted to his mistakes, among them inserting guard Terry Henderson, who has been recovering from a shin injury.
"I tried to play Terry, which I shouldn't have," he said. "I put him in a bad spot. You can't be off for a week and a half and come out and think you're going to pick up where you left off. It's not that kind of game."
Henderson shot early and missed in a key spot at the end of the first half. But there was plenty of awful to go around. Highly touted recruit Devin Williams was 1 for 8 shooting. Juwan Staten was 3 of 12. Eron Harris was 4 of 17. The Mountaineers hit 52.9 percent of their 17 free throws in the second half.
"The frustrating thing is, I can't make adjustments," Huggins said. "I can't do it on the fly. It has to be after a timeout. And there are times we don't even do it after a timeout. We're pretty vanilla right now because I can't put stuff in."
Morgantown High product Nathan Adrian began the game playing well, then finished 3 of 8 from the floor. The low point was at the end when he failed to draw iron in crunch time.
"Nate takes a shot with [seven] seconds to go," Huggins said. "We're down by 3. Why? Pass the ball. You didn't have it. It didn't work."
Huggins was exasperated. With good reason.
"I even told them - and Da' wouldn't mind me telling them this - we lost the Oklahoma game in Charleston because Da'Sean Butler took two plays off and his guy scored five points," said the coach. "We had the game won. To his credit, he got better because he listened. That hit home with him.
"We're going to get better and better and better as the season goes along. They're good kids; they're coachable. They just don't understand how hard you have to play for how long.
"I say this all the time: You have to be really dumb to have to lose and learn. Why can't we win and learn?"
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.