And so beginning with a home game against Kansas State, Huggins took one of his bigs out of the starting lineup and replaced him with Remi Dibo. Instead of starting both Devin Williams AND Kevin Noreen, as had been the pattern, he went with Williams OR Noreen the last four games.
What that accomplished was allowing the Mountaineers to spread the floor with another shooter while sacrificing some rebounding.
"We can keep the floor spread better that way,'' Huggins said. "Even against Kansas, Remi was what, 1 for 7 [on 3-pointers]? But they still have to guard him.''
The strategy has worked well because whether it is Dibo or Eron Harris or Terry Henderson or Nathan Adrian, at least one of those floor-spreading shooters has made shots. Dibo was 6 for 8 in Monday's 102-77 rout of No. 11 Iowa State.
It has taken a toll in the rebounding numbers, though. In those last four games the Mountaineers have been outrebounded by an average of five per game after playing teams roughly even during the first 21 games.
The bottom line, though, is that if West Virginia can make up for those missed possessions (one for every missed rebound) by scoring more on the possessions they do have, the strategy works.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.