The solution, then, is to keep working with Kilicli and Jennings and get them doing the things Huggins needs his big men to do - rebound on both ends, play defense and score when the opportunity presents itself.
"We just have to keep working and we're going to have to get them doing the things they do best and not the things they can't do,'' Huggins said.
There is, of course, potential in both Kilicli and Jennings, and they flash it at times. Kilicli can be almost automatic offense with his baby-hook shots and has had two double-digit rebounding games this season. But while he had 20 boards in two games combined, he has just 10 in the other five.
Jennings also had a 10-rebound game and had six in just 16 minutes in a loss at Miami Saturday.
"There's no reason why they can't be productive if they just try to rebound the basketball,'' Huggins said. "One thing I know is if you don't try to get rebounds you aren't going to get them. But if you try every time you're going to get a few.''
In Robert Morris tonight, the Mountaineers face a team with issues of its own. Perhaps the team's best player, 5-9 guard Karon Abraham, has missed the last four games after being suspended following a DUI arrest.
That has left much of the scoring burden on 6-6, 180-pound forward Russell Johnson, who averages 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. But aside from 6-7, 200-pound sophomore Lijah Thompson, who comes off the bench, Johnson is the tallest player the Colonials use. A freshman, 6-5, 220-pound Yann Charles, is as close to a strongman as RMU plays.
The Colonials have a win over Duquesne on their resume, but lost by 21 at Pitt.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.