"That's a great question," he said. "Some days I might say inept. We've kind of taken some pieces of different things and put them together. It's kind of like gumbo. You stir it and mix it up.
"We have some quick hitters in [the offense]. We have times we're looking for very specific things, like multiple ball reversals. The next time we might look for something pretty quick. A lot of it is based on matchups."
Osborne tries to use a sense of humor - but with a nudge.
"I remember growing up," said the coach. "My dad played baseball in western Kentucky. I remember when I played I could go 0 for 5 with eight errors and my mom thought I played great.
"My dad was kind of the opposite. I could have gone 5 for 5 and he would have said I could have done something better. He would tell me I played well, but would say I needed to work on this or that.
"I lean toward my dad. It's funny. I had one kid [Glenville's Tryvan Leech] score 52 points in a game and only take 18 shots. He went 12 of 13 from [the 3-point line]. In the locker room afterward, you could see on our guys' faces, 'Coach is going to have to tell Tryvan he played well. He only missed two shots all night.'
"You could see the guys almost saying, 'C'mon, c'mon, tell him he played well.' They were itching for me to say it. I said, 'I really don't understand how in the world you can go out and go 12 of 13 from the 3 - and miss two free throws. How does that even make sense?'
"I try to do that kind of thing without being demeaning. Then, when you graduate, I'll tell you, 'Man, that was unbelievable.' "
At UC, Osborne is leaning on Marshall transfer Xavier Humphrey, who is averaging 19.6 points. ("I'm constantly on him," said the coach. "He's such a great kid though. I think he enjoys the challenge.")
Note that UC's leading scorer is a transfer. When Downey left for West Alabama, it was partially because, after a legal mess involving three Golden Eagles, the coach was instructed to rely more on high school recruits.
"I don't think any university wants you to take all transfers," Osborne said. "We're all trying to win with the best kids possible. We're looking for the best fits for our school and what our school is about.
"We [at UC] didn't talk about having a certain number of high school kids or an 'X' number of transfers here when I was hired. It was about, hey, find kids that fit here, that fit academically and fit with the mission of the school.
"We're like a lot of places. We want great kids; we want great students; we want great players."
Now the task is piecing all that together - and drawing fans to Eddie King.
"Everybody wants to be a part of a winner," Osborne said. "So we need to get guys who can help us win. But I think - and this is a compliment to West Liberty - you want teams like [the Hilltoppers] which are good and successful, but without troubling reports. Coach [Jim] Crutchfield has managed to do that with good people.
"It's a pretty good blueprint. You don't have to play the same offense or defense or style [as West Liberty], but the blueprint there is pretty good."
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