NEW YORK - West Virginia's loss in the second round - and its first game - of the Big East Conference tournament was its 11th of the basketball season.
In the previous 10 defeats the Mountaineers averaged 39.2 percent shooting.
Slot that in the national rankings this season and it's right below Arkansas-Pine Bluff and right above Eastern Michigan. When the Mountaineers (20-11) are off, they're awfully off. What they do in losses would qualify as the 323rd-best shooting percentage among 335 Division I teams.
Coach Bob Huggins arrived at his press conference following the 67-61 loss to Marquette on Wednesday night, having just looked at a boxscore.
Take a wild guess what his Mountaineers shot in defeat - 39.2 percent.
"It's been a year-long problem," he said. "We just don't make open shots. I don't know what to tell you. I've said it and said it and said it. We just don't make open shots."
That's true, but not entirely true.
WVU was as hot in the first half as it had been all year and made 14-of-24 shots and 7-of-11 3-point attempts.
The 58.3 percent was better than every half of basketball this season except the first half of the opener against Oakland (66.7) and the second half seven games later against Robert Morris (63.3).
Considering the opponents and the occasion, what the Mountaineers were doing to the Golden Eagles probably made that WVU's best performance thus far.
It preceded the worst.
WVU, which has struggled in many second halves this season and put up shooting numbers that belong to CBI and CIT teams and not NCAA Tournament teams, was actually worse
Wednesday night than ever before - 6-for-22 for a dusty 22.2 percent.
"We don't have people who can drive it to the basket," Huggins said. "That's not the kind of guys we have. We have to depend on making some shots."
Truth be told, the Mountaineers don't have many of those either. But here's the thing: We already knew all of that.
WVU's stay here to defend its 2010 Big East Conference tournament championship was neither long nor lucrative, but it wasn't illuminating, either.