Still, there were aspects Huggins wants addressed, namely WVU's isssues with a lack of quality passing, and their penchant to make scoring difficult. Too often, even in warm-ups, the Mountaineers were focused on making the routine look spectacular in the form of fade away jumpers and other off-balance looks. That somewhat rolled over into the game, though West Virginia shot 53.2 percent and assisted on 26 of 41 field goals. To be sure, at least a portion of Huggins' coments were designed to motivate, and part of it was the old reverse psychology approach. But it remains that the Mountaineers hae a handful of things on which to work - which is exactly as expected entering the season-opener a week away.
Among the bright spots was the play of Esa Ahmad, who finished with 11 points and four rebounds as by far the lesser of his statistics. The most promising line was his six assists against one turnover, which came on the back of three assists and one turnover in the scrimmage win over Temple. It's clear Ahmad understands how to play, and should blend well within a roster that could go as many as nine to 10 deep. Huggins, above, discusses all that and more in his typically dry, satirical postgame comments.