"Not really," he said. "Obviously, you've got to be a little more patient. But not really. It was pretty much the same."
Losing an exhibition game, however, is not the same for Huggins. He's used to high-level success. In 2010, the Mountaineers were in the Final Four.
Huggins was asked about Jabarie Hinds, the gem of his last recruiting class, who scored 10 points against NKU.
"Jabarie was like all the freshmen," Huggins said. "He started out nervous. None of them understand yet how hard we have to play and for how long. If you fall asleep, you get beat. They were all like that."
Bryant led WVU in scoring with 24 points and Jones added 22.
Hinds and fellow freshman point guard Gary Browne had 10 apiece. No one else, though, had more than four points.
At 9 p.m. Friday, the Mountaineers open for real at home against Oral Roberts.
"They've got their top seven scorers returning from last year," Huggins said. "They're pretty good - this year's version of what Oakland was a year ago."
The Golden Eagles struggled as well, though, in their second exhibition, winning 65-59 over Northeastern State.
But back to WVU.
"The difficult thing is we have a tough schedule," Huggins said.
"It's not like we're playing Prairie View or High Point. We're playing teams that are good. We have one of the hardest schedules of any BCS school."
One web site, TeamRankings.com, has WVU with the nation's second-toughest schedule heading into the season, behind Connecticut.
"We have our work cut out for us," Huggins said.
And the man on the street might have to be patient.
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