Too often, WVU's motion offense stands still. Huggins still says he has too many catchers and not enough pitchers, players who were accustomed to the ball stopping with them to shoot it because they were high school stars.
And if they'd shoot it and make it now, things might be different, but Huggins indicates too many of his rookies are letting the game come to them in the wrong way. He showed no hesitation in blasting them in the media room after he's done it in their team quarters.
"I'm used to... I just told them in there ... maybe I'm too much this way, but I know how much this means to our people, to people in the state of West Virginia," the 30th-year head coach said. "And it's not that you don't lose, but my God, ball's on the floor, dive on it.
"You're not going to get hurt. Listen, if you haven't made a shot in three weeks, maybe you ought to get into the gym. Maybe you ought to get into the gym on your own. We're only allowed to practice so much time, you ought to get in the gym on your own and shoot the ball."
Huggins used last season's blue-collar bunch, a supposed rebuilding season after the losses to DaSean Butler and Devin Ebanks, to illustrate what he expects ... and what he isn't seeing or getting. As usual, his soliloquy was as instructive as it was entertaining, but you wonder if the intended targets will get it
"I love Cam Thoroughman to death," Huggins said of the 2010-11 senior. "We're playing a 6-(foot-)6 - probably not that big - 6-5 center who couldn't shoot. But he did everything else for us, and he knew what he was doing, and I could make adjustments with him. The frustrating thing now is I can't make an adjustment. That's frustrating.
"You know, (Joe) Mazzulla, we all acted like he was John Stockton. He wasn't. He played hard. He competed. He had a great will. Couldn't shoot, but you know what? What I give those guys credit for is you walked in here during the day, those two guys we're shooting free throws.
"And Cam was an awful free throw shooter, but he was in here all of the time, working at it. He wanted to win. Difference? I don't see those freshmen in there all day, and I don't understand it, I don't get it."
He went even deeper into hoops history to make his point.
"When I didn't shoot it well, I was in there shooting the ball, man. And I didn't shoot it. I told them, all this stuff, all these guys, you think you work, the truth is I was the second all-time leading scorer in the history of Ohio whenever I got out of high school. When I came here they said pass the ball, so I passed the ball. I want to win.
"Whatever coach said to do, I did. I mean, we had guys like that. We still do. You come in here and Truck and K.J. are still in here, and they're playing 45 minutes a game, and Deniz has been much better lately, much better in terms of listening, much better in terms of what I ask him to do, much better in terms of coming to practice to get better, much, much, much better, but my God, look at the stats, man? If you shot that bad, would you be jacking 3s?"
What Huggins is saying is when you're still having freshman orientation in mid-February, it doesn't bode well for March.