"Every day is a new day," said Huggins, who is coaching six true freshmen, a redshirt freshman and a junior college transfer. "We have good days. We have bad days, which I guess you get with youth.
"They've never gone through having to work this hard and they've always been better than everyone else - that's why they're here. If they weren't better than everyone else, they wouldn't be here. I think it takes a while for guys to figure out how hard you have to play all the time."
It's a necessity tonight because Marshall will challenge WVU's strengths. The Thundering Herd leads the nation in rebounding margin at plus-11.2. Marshall has outrebounded opponents in 16 of 17 games and the exception was when it was even against Jacksonville State.
"This might be the best rebounding team we've ever played against," senior guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant said.
WVU has scored 258 points - 20 percent of the season total - on 254 offensive rebounds. Senior Kevin Jones is second nationally in offensive rebounds per game, fifth in rebounding and third in double-doubles.
Marshall has allowed only 177 offensive rebounds to opponents. Only three players from the other team have had 10 or more rebounds in a game.
"Everyone box out," Jones said. "All five guys have to box out because what I've seen on tape is they send everyone to the glass. We have to secure rebounds. That's what the difference in the game is going to be."
Neither team shoots particularly well. Marshall shoots 43.2 percent, actually worse than the opposition, and has been below its average nine times. WVU shoots 46.5 percent and has been below its average seven times. Yet WVU has often made up for it with 3-pointers and is 8-1 when it makes seven or more in a game. Marshall is No. 36 nationally in 3-point defense and allows just 29.8 percent.
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