That's not to say that West Virginia has cured all its ills, of course, Quite the contrary, the Mountaineers still have a lot of work to do.
For starters, as sharp as they have been from the field (50.2 percent shooting overall and 44.7 percent on 3-pointers), free throw shooting is a concern. The Mountaineers are making just 64.2 percent from the line and against Wisconsin made just six of 14 attempts while the Badgers were making 15 of 17.
"That was the difference,'' Huggins said.
Rebounding can improve (WVU is being outrebounded slightly, even though several opponents have been walk-overs), and inside scoring hasn't been what Huggins would like. And defense is always a concern for Huggins.
Take tonight against Loyola and the high-scoring Cormier, for example.
"We have to be able to guard,'' Huggins said. "We've played against some pretty good players and we have to be able to team guard. When you look at what we have coming down the road, we'd better be able to guard.''
Loyola comes into tonight's game having lost a pretty competitive game to No. 13 Connecticut, 76-66. And playing on the road is nothing new for the Greyhounds, whose only home game this season was a 59-52 win over Fairfield. Loyola has road wins over Binghamton (79-74), Cornell (93-89 in overtime) and Maryland-Baltimore County (89-83 in overtime).
After tonight's game, West Virginia plays at Missouri Thursday night in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. A week from Tuesday brings Gonzaga to the Coliseum before the game with Marshall a week from Saturday.
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