"You tell me," he said. "We just beat two out of three ranked teams. We're playing pretty good. Getting the fans are behind us again, that's up to you guys."
Things may change with three home games to go, one of which is Kansas.
A win Saturday at No. 19 Texas (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) should create an interesting set of circumstances for the home game Feb. 22 against a Baylor team WVU has already beaten.
The Mountaineers merely hope their followers see that what's happening now is not what happened before.
"We didn't have enough effort before, and it looked bad," Noreen said. "If you watched the film, it looked bad. We didn't have five guys in unison. We didn't play hard every play, and that was because we lacked a true leader. Juwan was a leader last year, but that was almost de facto, by default. This year, he's really taken it to a new level."
Staten, believe it or not, was a captain last season even though he hadn't played for the team before. Staten ended up getting into it with Huggins one game last season and then sitting out the next one. The Mountaineers lost that game at home to Kansas State when they made a mess of their final possession, one Staten wasn't there to control.
Now Staten is a candidate for the Big 12 Player of the Year. He plays almost every minute. He doesn't commit unnecessary fouls or get in foul trouble. He embraces the big moments and understands when his team needs him to do something.
How often in the past have fans sat and watched a gifted player abandon his talents? How refreshing is it now to see Staten realize his defender can't guard him and that he can easily get to the basket for a layup and two free throws? How fun is it to watch him trust his foul line jumper when it's hitting?
One would naïve to think it doesn't rub off on others. Remi Dibo is learning before about how to both practice and play consistently. Nathan Adrian lunges for steals when his team is up by 30 points. Brandon Watkins gets his teeth knocked out in practice before a meaningless December game and insists on getting back into practice.
It's all new this season and it's what the Mountaineers needed.
"I think these people appreciate hard work, and I think when we're all playing together, we give them something fun to be a part of, something to get behind again," Noreen said. "It's fun to have their support and now I hope we can keep winning them back one by one."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymailwv.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/wvu.