Perhaps, but Noreen's best play didn't involve jumping for a rebound or blocking out. Rather, it was falling to the floor.
Or, more specifically, diving to it.
With just over 14 minutes to play, Wednesday night's game was still up for grabs. West Virginia led just 42-37 and another of its rebounders, freshman Keaton Miles, had just gone to the bench with his third foul.
But after a missed Marshall 3-pointer, Noreen dove to the floor in a scramble for the loose ball and he and freshman Gary Browne called for a timeout to preserve possession. At the time it seemed perhaps a wasted use of a timeout, given that it left the Mountaineers with just two over the final 14 minutes of what is almost always a close game.
Without the ball, though, Marshall might well have scored to close the gap to three or two points. With it, West Virginia had perhaps its most important possession of the game, getting four shots and three offensive rebounds - two of them after Marshall players lost the ball out of bounds - before scoring on a Jabarie Hinds jumper to make it 44-37.
It was part of the 10-0 run that gave WVU the lead for good, and that four-shot possession completely deflated the Herd. It might not have been possible without Noreen diving to the floor for a loose ball.
Marshall coach Tom Herrion certainly noticed.
"Ball is on the floor and they dove and we bent,'' Herrion said of the play. "There is a big difference.''
With another crucial stretch of Big East games coming up - home with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon and then trips to St. John's and No. 1 Syracuse next week before a Big Monday home game with Pitt - West Virginia might have to do it all again. Huggins said he had no idea about the status of Kilicli, who was in a walking boot for Wednesday's game.
"I'm like [evangelist] Ernest Angley. I heal everybody,'' Huggins said. "Everybody who's hurt and can't play, when they play us they play. The only person I really haven't been able to heal is Deniz. I don't know what it is. I don't think Deniz understands how important it is for me to continue my streak.
"But that's what it is. It's a long year. When you get bounced off the floor and you're banging knees and running into people and turning ankles, that happens.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.