"I told them after the game that we are this far away from being good," said the coach, almost pinching his fingers together. "We are that far away from somebody who is supposed to switch who doesn't switch. We are that far away from somebody making free throws -- standing up like a man and making free throws at the end of games.
"We are that far from getting rebounds. We didn't do the things we have to do. Our margin for error isn't very great."
Bingo. This WVU team isn't loaded with great athletes. It needs to be smart and efficient. It needs to hit free throws better than at its season percentage rate of 65.4. It needs to make layups. Bryant's penchant for missing layups is uncanny.
And there are other miscues the common fan doesn't see. When Gary Browne made the game's biggest gaffe at the end, throwing the ball away with 12 seconds left, it was huge. Fired it right to Cardinal forward Kyle Kuric in the paint.
But afterward Kevin Jones was taking blame.
"It's very unfortunate when you play your heart out like that and lose," Jones said. "I take blame on that one. I should have gone out and gotten the ball from Gary."
"Sometimes we make the right plays; sometimes we don't. More times we haven't. We've got to learn to win."
It would help a bunch to eliminate the brain cramps. Bryant once found himself face to face with a wall of tall Louisville defenders. And, with a half-inch of separation, he decided to shoot the ball. Let's just say it didn't work out well.
Now, WVU is in a pickle in regard to the NCAA tournament.
"I'd be lying," Jones said, "if I said nobody's panicking. But fear is good for us."
He's not quitting. Nor is Kilicli. But understand the gaffes are taking a toll. On the team's record. On the players.
"I slinged that ball," said Kilicli, going over his technical foul for a second time. "I didn't mean to."
His eyes reddened. With tears welling, he took a moment to gather himself as the post-game interviews concluded. He took a deep breath and blew out an "oh, man," before moving back to the locker room.
Like Kilicli, WVU's team needs to gather itself. It needs to make free throws and layups. And it needs to eliminate bone-headed plays.
For now is not the time to quit.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.