Huggins compares the Knights to No. 22 Kansas State, a team the Mountaineers beat in Wichita a month ago to hand the Wildcats what is still their only loss.
"They play extremely hard,'' Huggins said of Rutgers. "They kind of play like Kansas State. They have good ball pressure, they help on defense and they have a good set of guards.''
Huggins said that Jones' ankle is better, but Kilicli is still having problems with a bad hip. The ankle injury to Jones was another contributing factor when the Mountaineers lost at Seton Hall.
"Anybody who was there saw it,'' Huggins said of the effects of the ankle injury. "He couldn't jump.''
More than anything else, however, Huggins simply wants to see more energy from his team. The Mountaineers gave up almost countless layups and dunks against Seton Hall and that goes back to effort more than anything else.
"Have you ever seen our team give up that many layups?'' he asked. "We have to do a better job.''
After tonight's game, the Mountaineers face another rather daunting task this weekend. On Saturday WVU hosts No. 9 Georgetown in a noon game, and then turns right around for a Monday night trip to No. 8 Connecticut.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.