Still, even if a team can make up a deficit, it's then required to stay in the game and win it to make it all worthwhile. WVU is now 0-7 this season when it trails by 10 or more points in a game. The largest deficit overcome in a win was a seven-point gap against Marshall in December.
"I think sometime we tend to panic a little bit," Staten said. "If we're not really hitting our shots and we find ourselves in a little hole, we think we've got to come down and make a home run play every time. Sometimes we dig ourselves in a little deeper. We need to chip away, take it one possession at a time and make sure we get stops and go from there. I think we go for the home run play too much."
Staten said when WVU does that, it diverts the resources needed to win. With the Big 12's worst field-goal percentage defense, second-worst defensive rebounding average and second-worst rebounding margin, it has to make the most of those other resources to remain competitive when things are going poorly.
"It's just a combination of things," he said. "We need to learn to play through adversity. When things are going great, we tend to get a lot of loose balls, we tend to make a couple more box outs and efforts to get to the ball. When we're faced with adversity, sometimes we don't really respond the way we're supposed to. That's something Coach is on us about and something I, as a leader, have to stay on us about."
The conversation began right after the second double-digit loss to Texas this season.
"I don't think it was effort, I think it was execution," Huggins said. "This group, I think by and large, has given pretty good effort. I think it was the execution. You have to compete harder and not say, 'This isn't our day.' I'm not sure we did that."
That'll also be something the team talks about during its week between games. The Mountaineers (15-11, 7-6 Big 12) just played four ranked teams in a row for the first time in regular-season history and did so in the span of 10 days. They had Sunday off and worked out for about an hour Monday, and they'll get back into a game routine later this week.
WVU has five regular-season games remaining. Four are against NCAA Tournament quality opposition. Three are against ranked teams. Two are on the road.
Baylor, which was 14-9 overall and 4-8 in Big 12 play heading into Monday's game against Oklahoma State, is up first.
"We'll catch our breath and use the whole week to work on whatever we need to work on," Harris said. "We'll watch a lot of film and get in the gym and work on making shots again. But people have off nights. That's not the problem. It's about playing when things get tough, playing through being tired and being able to rebound or stop people when you can't hit a shot."