"We don't take every possession seriously," Mazzulla said. "The second possession of the game is as serious as the second-last or last one ... It goes back to concentrating from when they have the ball to when we possess the ball on a rebound."
WVU's loss was the first by a home team in six 2010-11 Big East games, and now the Mountaineers become the only team with three early road dates in a row by following the Marquette date with trips to DePaul and nationally ranked Georgetown (another 11 a.m. EST tip).
"There are a lot of problems," said WVU junior forward Kevin Jones, an All-Big East preseason pick who has respectable numbers to date but needs to get more shots inside to help a struggling attack. "Some are easy ones. It's up to us if we want to fix them.
"We've got to mature really quick because the Big East is not forgiving."
He's right. Entering Thursday night's major college hoops schedule, there were 19 teams unbeaten or with only one loss. Seven of those are in the Big East - and six of those seven are ranked. Nine of the 16 Big East teams are in the RPI top 35.
After Wednesday's loss that stopped the Mountaineers' December win streak at the WVU Coliseum at 34 games, the reality of the reflection seemed to hit Huggins' veteran players.
Mazzulla even said his opinion was that the teammates "don't trust the offense ... don't trust each other."
So? What now, especially for seniors like Mazzulla and Flowers who don't want this Final Four follow-up to unravel?
"We have to trust coach," Mazzulla said. "It starts in practice, behind closed doors. You may have to call some people out. You may have to, not so much personally, but you may have to put off-the-court relationships aside to get the best out of your teammates."
OK, so it's not like the Bradley Center is an exception as a Big East house of horrors for WVU ... although the futility there pre-dates the Mountaineers' entry into the conference with a 75-50 smacking - accompanied by 25.7 percent shooting - in 1993-94.
In Big East play, WVU has never won at Cincinnati (0-3), at Connecticut (0-8, Storrs or Hartford), or at Louisville (0-2 at Freedom Hall, now moving to the KFC Yum! Center), and there are these bad streaks - 10 in a row at Notre Dame, eight in a row at Syracuse and five in a row (and one win in 10 games) at Pitt.
Consider that if WVU falls to a fourth loss Saturday, it would be the most defeats for a Huggins-coached team by Jan. 1 since 1990-91, his second season at Cincinnati that ended 18-12 and in the NIT.
"We have a lot of work to do," the West Virginia coach said. "If not, it's going to be a long year."
So, the Mountaineers know where they are going, to Milwaukee, and onto the road in the Big East - even if they're not quite sure where they're headed in a different fashion.
Neither, Huggins said, does he.
"I'm not clairvoyant."
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