"We're shooting step-back 3s off the dribble. We're not going to make those,'' Huggins said. "We don't need to try to manufacture shots that we can't make. We need to manufacture something that we can.''
In part, perhaps you have to chalk that up to youth. Huggins was asked if perhaps his team's out-of-the-system play might say something about the maturity of this team.
"It says a lot about our lack of maturity,'' Huggins said.
Which, again, will improve with time and experience. In fact, it may have improved from beginning to end in just that Thursday night game. Granted, Missouri may have lost a bit of interest leading by 25 points, but West Virginia fought back to within six points in the final minute.
"We're not going to quit,'' Huggins said. "I've only had one team that ever quit.''
And that might illustrate better than anything how much improved - and certainly how much more fun to watch - this team is over last year's 13-19 squad.
"We didn't quit,'' Huggins said. "You know we'd have laid it down last year. There'd have been guys taking just the worst shots in the world and then somebody else would take a worse one than that.
"We just tried to do too many things we can't do.''
And this might not be the last example. West Virginia has 22 games remaining and it's quite likely that not a single one fits into the category of most of the teams the Mountaineers have vanquished to date. It's probably unrealistic to believe that they won't have a few more episodes like the one at Missouri and they might have to fight through them.
"You'd hope not,'' Huggins said. "It's already happened a few times.''
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