MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Whether it's for better or for worse depends on who you are, but Saturday is West Virginia's last home game and your last chance to see a disappointing team perform at the Coliseum this season.
You can't escape the feeling you won't see a few of those guys again. WVU was already certain to wave goodbye to one person. There are three seniors going out the door and four freshmen coming in over the summer. Someone was going to fall victim to the numbers.
But it's not going to be just one player. There's no way to have followed this team up close or from afar, to witness body language, eye rolls, stares and chilly chemistry. Or to hear Coach Bob Huggins vow, repeatedly, that he'll fix things, and not believe some of the younger Mountaineers are near their end on campus. It's become a sidebar to a story about a season gone so wrong in so many ways.
Deniz Kilicli, Dominique Rutledge and Matt Humphrey are seniors, but there's a group of 10 non-seniors for whom nothing is guaranteed a few steps past the 1:30 p.m. game against Iowa State on the Big 12 Network.
Well, almost nothing. Kevin Noreen is a limited player, but Huggins rightly admires Noreen more than anyone else on his roster because he sets an example not nearly enough of his teammates follow. He's safe. It would appear freshmen Terry Henderson and Eron Harris, the leading scorer who was a spare part at the start of the season, are safe.
"Obviously, our two freshmen are going to be good players," Huggins said.
"I can't imagine they'll do what these sophomores did and be significantly worse than they were this year. They'll be significantly better, I think, and they're going to be bigger and stronger and understand how to play a little bit better."
That last part is important. Harris and Henderson can carry backcourt scoring, but to date they've had issues with the other aspects and nuances of the college game, so much so that Huggins couldn't play them together and afford to have two iffy passers or rebounders or help defenders out there together.
That's changed of late. They've both improved, but Huggins has also lost trust, never mind faith, in a sophomore class he's recently grown to single out without vagueness.
So count Noreen, Harris and Henderson and add the incoming freshmen class of forwards Nathan Adrian, Elijah Macon, Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams.
A college team gets 13 scholarships. Seven, we presume, are set.
There remain seven others with uncertain futures at WVU.
This is not to put them on display for Saturday, to say that the sophomore class with Jabarie Hinds, Gary Browne, Aaron Brown and Keaton Miles might disappear, or that transfers Juwan Staten and Aaric Murray have played their way out of favor or that first-year sophomore Volodymyr Gerun might be over this particular experience.
But it's also not saying any different than what the Mountaineers have said. This is not a Big 12 Conference thing. It's not a period of adjustment. It's not what. It's who.