He was taken out of the lineup on Jan. 5 at Texas after starting 10 of the first 13 games and responded with his second double-double that night and made the game-clinching steal in the final seconds in Austin.
But then just when it seemed he was settled in, he played a combined 31 minutes in games against Iowa State, Purdue and TCU. His response? His third double-double at Oklahoma State and then Monday's performance against Kansas.
Part of Murray's up-and-down nature is that Huggins sometimes gets to him. Huggins can get to anyone because he's not shy about telling you what you're doing wrong. But Murray is learning to deal with that.
"You can't let coach get to you if he's yelling at you. You have to listen to the message and not how he's saying it,'' Murray said. "I was listening to how he said it instead of what he was saying and getting frustrated and worrying about him instead of playing the game. When I stopped worrying about him, everything was fine.''
As for his performance against Kansas, that one might have been his best, even though it didn't start out that way.
"He was miserable,'' Huggins said of Murray's play at the start, when he came off the bench and was on the floor for part of Kansas' early 14-0 run that ultimately proved the difference in the game.
For the last 30 minutes, though, Murray was on the floor most of the time and looked every bit the one-and-done transfer he was thought to be. He scored 17 points, had seven rebounds, blocked two shots, stole the ball twice and made three 3-pointers. And he did it against arguably the best center in the country.
Of course, that might have had something to do with it.
"Everybody was talking about him, about how he's the best center in the draft,'' Murray said of Withey. "I needed to show I can play, too.''
He did. Withey didn't exactly shrink away, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, including one on Murray in the final desperate seconds of the game. But the take-away moment from Murray's performance - at least in regard to battling Withey - will probably be when he picked the 7-footer clean in the backcourt and dribbled half the court and dunked.
If Murray showed those skills - as well as the shooting and rebounding and shot blocking and everything else - consistently, there's little doubt he would be nearing the end of his college career. There is also little doubt that West Virginia would be a lot better than 9-11 right now.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.