MORGANTOWN - Cam Thoroughman is a self-proclaimed stats geek. If it involves basketball and it has a number attached to it, chances are good that he can speak knowledgeably about it.
You want to know where West Virginia stands in the RPI, or what the Mountaineers' strength of schedule rating is right now? It's a good bet Thoroughman has looked at it within the last few hours.
How about a shooting percentage for an opponent, or what team leads the Big East in assist-to-turnover ratio? Check with Cam.
So, naturally, it stands to reason that when Thoroughman, for the first time in his five years as a member of WVU's basketball team, scored in double figures Wednesday night in a 56-44 win over Seton Hall, he knew that he had at last broken that invisible barrier.
And he did. Not that he cared.
"Oh, yeah, I knew. I'm one of those stat people that looks at all that stuff,'' Thoroughman said after his 10-point performance against the Pirates. "But it doesn't mean anything at all.''
Well, it may not mean much to Thoroughman personally, but for the Mountaineers it's yet another piece to a puzzle that coach Bob Huggins continues to try to put together while going through the Big East schedule with just eight scholarship players.
Yes, suspended leading scorer Casey Mitchell could return at any time. That remains up to the coach. But in the meantime Huggins is looking for everything he can possibly find to generate points on a team that has few real offensive weapons.
And if it is Thoroughman hitting open jump shots when teams like Seton Hall ignore him defensively, so be it.
"I've been telling him to shoot it. I mean, he's wide open,'' Huggins said. "When they stand a guy in front of the goal and don't guard him at 10 feet, he's got to shoot it in. And he's capable of shooting it in.''
A lot of teams have been leaving Thoroughman open. The same goes for sophomore center Deniz Kilicli. Both are guarded around the basket, but when they venture away from the middle defenders often don't follow them.