MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Not since the beginning of the 1980 season has West Virginia's men's basketball team lost three of its first four games.
That was the last year Bob Huggins was an assistant coach.
Since leaving Ohio State to be on his own, he has learned to spot trouble and help his teams out of it.
Huggins isn't worried about the fate of these Mountaineers.
"We're not going to lose it," he said. "In 31 years, we've never lost it. You've got to learn from your mistakes. You know, if it was just one guy, you can fix it. It's been a whole bunch of different guys. But we're learning. We did a better job running offense (Monday) than we have all year, but we've got to score points."
WVU, the only Big 12 team with a losing record, is missing many more shots than it makes and struggling to surpass the 70-point mark.
The Mountaineers will need to be better tonight when they host Virginia Military Institute (3-3) at the Coliseum.
The 7 p.m. game will be televised on ROOT Sports.
The Keydets are ranked No. 10 nationally in scoring (85.2 points per game).
"We're going to be all right," Huggins said. "We'll get things straightened out."
The NCAA ranks 346 teams in its statistical categories.
The Mountaineers are No. 203 in points per game, No. 276 in field goal percentage and No. 302 in 3-point shooting percentage in games against Gonzaga (6-0), Marist (2-4), Davidson (3-3) and Oklahoma (4-1).
The strength of schedule ranks No. 57. In WVU's win, it scored 87 points against Marist. In the losses, WVU managed 50, 60 and 70.
Huggins said much of his team's trouble is tied to still learning to play.
"For as much as we think we're maybe a veteran team, we're not," he said. "We're not a veteran team to play the way we want to play."
Huggins wants to push on offense, create numerical advantages and get early shots. If it's not there, he wants the Mountaineers to run his motion offense. VMI wants to play fast and is one of the nation's best at doing it every year, though against lesser competition. The Keydets average 80 possessions and 70 shots per game. WVU is averaging 66 possessions and 60 shots.