CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This is a national letter of intent signing period.
For West Virginia hoops coach Bob Huggins, though, it's also been a sighing period.
From my perch in the McCarthey Athletic Center on the campus of Gonzaga, there was little positive to see from the Mountaineer basketball team.
To be frank, there was nothing.
Deniz Kilicli was 2 of 6 shooting with five turnovers.
Matt Humphrey was 2 of 8, 1 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Juwan Staten was 0 of 6 and had but one assist.
Jabarie Hinds was 4 of 10 and 1 of 6 shooting treys.
Aaric Murray had 14 points but was not dominating, gathering four rebounds and fouling four times.
Those were WVU's starters.
Kilicli and Kevin Noreen fouled out. WVU had 20 turnovers. The Mountaineers shot 27.3 percent from the floor. And in the exhibition win over Glenville and the 85-50 loss to Gonzaga, West Virginia is a combined 4 for 40 in 3-point shooting. For the math challenged, that's 10 percent.
But I figured, hey, maybe Huggins saw something positive after watching game film. So I called and asked what he saw.
His response: "We weren't very good."
WVU has a few days to work. The next game isn't until noon Nov. 22, Thanksgiving day, against Marist in the Old Spice Shootout in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
But Huggins was asked to break down what the film showed. He said Gonzaga forward Elias Harris, who had 11 points and seven rebounds, simply wasn't a good matchup for his team. He continued.
"We didn't run offense," Huggins said. "We didn't do anything. Our guys just kind of milled around. They didn't screen. They didn't use screens. They didn't pass the ball.
"It looked like we had three guys out there that had never played [for WVU] before. And we did."
Defensively, WVU played man-to-man and a 2-3 zone against the Zags.
"We had spots where we played pretty well," Huggins said, "then we had spots where four guys were playing pretty well and one guy not. Or three guys playing pretty well and two guys not.