It was somewhat of a turnabout for Huggins. He's backed his bunch up to and through the time it won five of seven to juice the Mountaineer fanbase. On Saturday, though, the coach cut loose.
"How do you give up 38 points in the paint and think you guarded someone?" he asked. "How do you let a guy score the same way against you five times and say you guarded someone?"
He went back to commitment.
"Are you committed or did you settle? We've settled, let's face it."
Perhaps. But, realistically, this band of Mountaineers is fortunate to be an NIT contender. Saturday's game against Baylor illustrated why.
"Size has been our downfall all year," said WVU guard Juwan Staten. "We're not big in the paint and the bigs we have are young. It's been our downfall. We have to guard as a team."
Against 7-foot-1 Austin, that doesn't always work. Against sculpted Cory Jefferson, that doesn't always work. And on the defensive end, it can get ugly. As it did Saturday with the blocked shots.
WVU's season, in fact, might have taken a nosedive when Eron Harris, coming off a screen, attempted a 3-point shot at the top of the key late in the game. Austin slapped it - and possibly the Mountaineers' season - away. O'Neal hit a trey right after to put Baylor up by 5.
"It's 14 points I blocked," Austin said. "That's a pretty big difference."
"They've got a big presence in the paint," Harris said. "It's not hard to get in the paint, but it's hard to find a shot once you get there. Once I tried to do a floater and my floater got blocked. I was like, 'wow.'
"But it's something that's going to challenge us for the rest of the season, so ..."
So Huggins' crew will just have to do the best it can until Elijah Macon and Jonathan Holton try to help next season.
And perhaps a possible NIT berth is the best it can do.
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