A year later on the West Coast, West Virginia was even worse shooting the ball, missing all but three of its 26 3-pointers and making just 27 percent of all its shots.
This is a far different team, though. None of WVU's five starters from that NCAA game are still on the roster and only one player who started a year ago in Spokane, Juwan Staten, is starting now. Gary Browne is the only current Mountaineer who played in the game in Pittsburgh and the players who were on the roster last year and remain this season combined for just 12 points in last year's game.
No, this season West Virginia is shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor and is among the Big 12 leaders in 3-point shooting.
Shooting alone, though, won't get it done against Gonzaga, a deep, talented and experienced team. The Zags are actually playing the same backcourt this year that they played when meeting WVU in each of the last two seasons - Gary Bell Jr., Kevin Pangos and David Stockton. Add to that the presence of 6-foot-9 senior forward Sam Dower Jr. and massive 7-1, 296-pound sophomore center Przernek Karnowski and the Zags can play to just about any style.
Again, though, what could help West Virginia - aside from better shooting - is the venue. The Mountaineers haven't drawn well to home games this season yet, but Huggins hopes the presence of a Top 25 opponent will help change that.
"When our students are into it, this is a great place,'' Huggins said of the Coliseum. "When you don't have that, I think you lose a little.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.