The fall semester ended with last week's final exams and the spring semester doesn't start until Jan. 14, meaning WVU will play six times before classes start and have plenty of time between games to fix its problems.
To hear them tell it, the Mountaineers need the time in the gym as much as they need wins in games.
"It's a mixture of guys that have motivation and some guys who lack motivation," freshman Eron Harris said. "Some guys are out of shape. It's a mixture of all those things during a game. We've got to work that out and figure out who really wants it and then get those guys playing together."
WVU played Saturday without starting center Aaric Murray, who was left home basically because Huggins didn't want to take him to the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival. Starting guard Jabarie Hinds extended his shooting and scoring slumps and played eight minutes. Starting forward Deniz Kilicli was 0 for 3 and didn't score in nine minutes. Afterward, Huggins questioned the purpose Kilicli serves on the team when he's not scoring.
Guard Matt Humphrey, who had 10 points in 14 minutes against Duquesne, didn't play against Michigan. Guard Aaron Brown - who's started three games, come off the bench for three games and sat out three games - played just two minutes.
Harris played a career-high 21 minutes and scored 10 points. Fellow freshman guard Terry Henderson played 36 minutes and scored 23 points, both career highs.
Huggins suggested all of that was related to how the players responded to the team's struggles.
"Since I've been here, we have had guys that were very committed to what we're doing," he said. "Joe Alexander worked as hard as anybody. I told you guys all along I was very impressed and very grateful to Darris Nichols and Jamie Smalligan and those guys who bought in - I mean, they bought in from Day One and were committed to doing what I wanted them to do.
"Then we lose Joe and we lose Darris and Jamie and Da'Sean stepped up. Wellington Smith got a whole lot better. They were in the gym. They weren't hanging out on High Street. They weren't hanging out at some girl's house. They were in the gym committed to what we're doing."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.