It's also awfully hard to adjust to a team with four seniors in the starting lineup, all of who have been through multiple NCAA tournament runs and a national championship game appearance last season.
"Those guys have four fifth-year seniors who understand and can make adjustments, and they did make adjustments,'' Huggins said. "I think that's been the hard thing. Even though we do have some upperclassmen, Deniz [Kilicli] is really the only one who's played much. It's hard to make the kind of adjustments that we need to make just because of our lack of knowledge and experience.''
In Oklahoma, the Mountaineers will be facing yet another experienced group that starts three seniors and a junior. The teams have played twice already this season - in Orlando, Fla., in a Thanksgiving tournament and then in January at the Coliseum - and the Mountaineers had chances to win both games. The Sooners won 77-70 in Florida and 67-57 in the Big 12 opener.
A particular thorn in WVU's side in that most recent game between the teams was Romero Osby, a 6-foot-8 senior who averages 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds. He had 21 points and nine boards in Morgantown.
"He's a hard matchup, I think, for any so-called four man to guard, because he bounces it so well,'' Huggins said. "He can get it at the rim, and he can make shots obviously. And he's got the physical strength to be able to play in the post and put people on his back. So I think he's a tough matchup."
That game was another example of the Mountaineers doing well until an opponent adjusted. West Virginia led 43-31 in the second half and then was outscored 36-14 the rest of the way. The Sooners clamped down on freshman guard Terry Henderson, who had six 3-pointers.
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