Indeed, West Virginia's starting lineup, which has remained constant through the first eight games, is the big lineup. It includes guards Juwan Staten and Eron Harris and a front line of the 6-foot-10 Noreen at center and 6-9 freshmen Devin Williams and Nathan Adrian.
That's not necessarily the lineup that is on the floor the most, of course, so when Terry Henderson and/or Gary Browne enter the game - usually replacing one of the bigs and making it a three-guard lineup - the size is diminished. The only size on the bench comes from 6-7 Remi Dibo, who is primarily a perimeter player, and 6-9 freshman Brandon Watkins, who is still raw.
But whether it's the frontcourt players or the guards, Huggins will continue to stress the importance of rebounding. Both Staten (10) and Harris (7) set career highs in rebounds against Loyola, as did Adrian (nine) and Watkins (six), the latter in just 11 minutes.
As for playing defense, that will also continue to be a work in progress. Through eight games WVU is holding opponents to 40.5-percent shooting overall and 31.6 percent on 3-pointers. Both figures are fairly pedestrian, but they are considerably better than last year's percentages of 44.8 and 38.1, respectively.
Much of any defensive improvement will simply come from experience.
"We still run at guys that can't shoot and sometimes we don't run at guys that can shoot,'' Huggins said. "That has to get better.''
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