To be fair, West Virginia was dealing with more than just commitment issues Saturday. The Mountaineers played without one of their outside shooting threats, Terry Henderson, who was ill. And again, this is not the most talented or the deepest team around, so the loss of the third-leading scorer is fairly significant.
But even with Henderson out, Huggins wasn't willing to give anyone else a pass. Take freshman Brandon Watkins, for example. He played one minute, benched apparently because he wasn't prepared. That left the Mountaineers with just a seven-player rotation.
"I'm not going to continually tell guys during four days of practice what someone is going to do and then go out there and let him do it,'' Huggins said. "I'm just tired of it. Unfortunately, we only had eight guys today.
"I don't know how you miss as many shots as we miss without getting your butt in the gym. Honest to God, if I missed wide open shots like we miss wide open shots, I would wait until everyone got out of here and I would be back in here shooting the ball."
What West Virginia can still do with what remains of its season is actually considerable. The Mountaineers (15-12, 7-7 Big 12) at least mathematically have a chance to make a run against a difficult schedule and salvage their postseason hopes. That's one of the perks of playing in one of the nation's best conferences - there are always opportunities.
Realistically, though, facing a schedule that still includes road games at No. 17 Iowa State (Wednesday night) and Oklahoma and home games against TCU and No. 8 Kansas is far more likely to produce trouble than a late-season surge for the Mountaineers.
There is still the possibility of doing something good, though, and that's why Huggins spent so much time talking about commitment. His team has a couple of weeks remaining to show that it can be committed.
"We want to sit here and talk about we want to be this or we want to be that,'' Huggins said. "We're going to do this or we're going to do that. We're not going to do anything if we're not committed."
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