Nothing has stuck and WVU mostly tries to match up every game with the opponent. Yet none of the Mountaineers believe their problems are physical, or even personal, in nature.
"I don't know where everybody's head is at," Kilicli said. "That's the big problem. I don't know what you call that, chemistry, or whatever, but before this, I knew exactly what everyone was thinking. It was easy to motivate people. It was easy to motivate guys when they were down. That just doesn't happen anymore."
WVU suffered from that unfamiliarity against the Cowboys. A few WVU players simply deserted OSU guard Phil Forte in the first and second halves. Forte is his team's most dangerous 3-point shooter and the Mountaineers were apparently given specific instructions not to leave Forte to go discourage a separate opponent's drive or pass or to help a teammate in the paint.
Again and again in both halves, though, Mountaineers strayed from Forte, who found space and made three 3-pointers.
"That's the total problem in connection," Kilicli said. "We (were told) don't come help off that guy. Period. The only thing he can do is get the ball and shoot it. He's not a threat to dribble the ball. He's not going to play pick-and-roll or anything. He's going to shoot the ball, so don't come off of him on (the) ball side."
That was just one of a handful of illustrations, though. Huggins thought his team could handle OSU's pressure defense up until foul trouble forced him to make substitutions he thought might mean trouble for WVU.
He was right.
He tried to slow things down when OSU was in a zone defense and use sets or even timeouts to get favorable offense.
He was wrong.
"I think if you look historically at my teams, we've scored at an extremely high rate after timeouts. But I can't get these guys on the right side of the floor," Huggins said. "It's not like they don't know the stuff. I don't know what the explanation is. I don't even know what they're doing.
"When you say, 'Triple stack on this side of the floor,' and you draw it up, 'You're here, you're here and you're here,' and two guys are stacked and one guy is standing out on the wing, I don't know what to do with that."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.