There's far more work to be done on defense, where the Mountaineers have untimely lapses and sometimes struggle to stop opponents from driving.
They're better now at making rotations and helping teammates, but it letdowns still happen and it still cost the team on possessions.
They can be an effective zone team that causes trouble with a halfcourt trap, but they have to find the right time to use those defenses. Zones are dependent on personnel and matchups while the pressure defenses, whether a press or a trap, depend on depth.
WVU trailed Marshall for the first 36:19 Saturday, but went to a trap and outscored the Thundering Herd 18-4 the rest of the way.
"We attacked more defensively," Huggins said. "We were so passive defensively before that. I didn't want to go to the halfcourt trap until the under-four timeout because our guys play heavy minutes. I wanted to make sure they had enough juice to finish the game and didn't run out of gas on me.
"They wanted to use it. They said, 'Why not do it? It'll get us going?' I was afraid it'd wear us out."
Given the success and the available time to work on it, it could become something WVU goes to more in the future.
"We're not very good at it yet, but it does change the tempo of the game," Huggins said of his team's pressure defense. "It does one of two things: It makes them play a little faster or it gets them very conservative. But it does take them out of their flow."
That helps because Huggins has been critical of how his players transition from offense to defense and how they defend in transition. He's seen players miss shots or not get the ball and then fail to get back on defense. He's seen players dunk or score and then exult to the crowd while the opponent hurries to the other end. He's seen players take plays off or pick a bad time to loaf.
Those quirks combined to let Gonzaga get going as the Bulldogs made their critical run in the Coliseum last week. Huggins wants to make sure his players know effort and consistency are things the Mountaineers can and must control.
"They're not selfish kids, but it's just a selfish thing when you stand there and you're not running back and all of a sudden it's 5-on-4," Huggins said. "It's a learning experience. It's happened to a whole bunch of guys who've come in here and it takes a while to sink in."
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