In many ways, this team was a victim of circumstances. Sure, there are obvious flaws. Sometimes it's ball-handling, at other times shooting, at still others defensive holes. But it was also a team that faced some pretty tough obstacles through none of their own doing.
"We have a team [that was built] for playing in the Big East and the Big East is a whole lot different style of play than the Big 12,'' Huggins said. "We have some guys that obviously didn't play as well as what they thought they were going to play or we thought they were going to play. The travel's been different and I think that's something that we're going to have to find better solutions to. The officiating's different.
"There's a whole lot of things that going from one league to another league become an adjustment for you.''
The good news is that in beginning play at the Big 12 tournament West Virginia will face a team, Texas Tech, that struggled even more than did the Mountaineers on their way to a 10-19 record.
But even beating Texas Tech for the third time this season is no gimme. That's just the way it is for this West Virginia team. If the Mountaineers play as well as they can play and so do the Red Raiders, WVU wins. It's just that simple.
But how this team is going to play from minute to minute, much less from game to game, is always a mystery.
"We've played well at times. We just haven't been as consistent as what we need to be,'' Huggins said. "I thought we played pretty well in making a run against Iowa State and we played pretty well in spots against Oklahoma. We've just got to be able to put it together.
"I think if we can put it together we're not that far away from being able to beat some pretty good people.''
At the end of a very long winter, this likely will be the last chance for the Mountaineers to prove that.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.