"We don't get on each other when we miss shots; we try to encourage each other," said the guard. "Some don't take it that way. That's not the case. We just have to play all 40 minutes and not take plays off."
WVU has committed too many fouls. Already Murray and Kilicli have fouled out of games. That has led to frustration as well.
"You can't touch people," Kilicli said. "I'm working my ass off all summer, then the guy comes in and flops and I get a foul. Then when I flop, it doesn't work. I think that's total bull crap."
Within the Big East, officials allowed more rugged play. The Turk doesn't know what to expect within the Big 12.
"I haven't heard anything and, even if I had, it doesn't matter," he said. "I'm going to play my same game. I'm going to bully people. That's what I do. If they're going to call a mess of fouls because I'm going for rebounds, well, I'm going to keep going.
"For four years, I've heard I don't rebound the ball. [Friday] I had 11 - and I still don't rebound the ball. Whatever."
Get the team vibe? Not good.
Oh, and sometimes it seems WVU loses steam defensively.
"We can be in better shape," Hinds said, "but we also have people coming off the bench that can play."
Perhaps we should stop here and take stock. After three regular-season games, WVU is dealing with poor shooting from the field, 3-point arc and free-throw stripe. It is dealing with poor distribution and handling of the ball and Huggins' coaching style. There are signs of team discord and frustration with officials. There's the question of conditioning. Other than that ...
"We don't have a lot of great players in there," Huggins said. "We've got some guys who can do some things. But individually, we're not very good. Collectively, we can be pretty good. We have to have them buy into 'collectively.'
"We recruited Terry Henderson to be a good shooter. We've had guys who couldn't dribble. We've tried to get guys who can dribble. I don't think anyone wants to give Juwan Staten back. I don't think anyone wants to give Jabarie [Hinds] back. I don't think anyone wants to give Gary Browne back. This is the first time we've had guys not make plays."
If you can't read the exasperation in Huggins' words, read on.
"I tell them all the time, you've got to get the ball in the lane, draw help and pitch it," said the coach. "We've haven't done that. [Opponents are] making us play laterally and there isn't reason for it. All we have to do is split 'em. We don't do it.
"It's not like they haven't been told. It's not like we haven't worked on it. We worked on [Davidson] and ball screens basically the two [practice] hours."
"I don't know. Why do we miss 1-footers? Why do we shoot the ball without looking at the rim? Why, when we have a practice facility, aren't they shooting 1,000 free throws a day if they're shooting 2 for 7? I can only make them do what I'm allowed to make them do."
And see how it goes at 4:30 today.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.