"We're going to look at how we didn't run any offense, we're going to look at how we didn't transition down the floor and we're going to look at how we didn't rebound the ball," Huggins said.
The changes could come easier, though, because so many of his players have been through this before.
"It's a lot easier because we have more guys back," Huggins said. "Last year was hard because we had stuff going on everywhere and we couldn't fix everything. I think our guys now have got such a better idea of what we want and what is expected of them that we can kind of, I think, maybe start fine-tuning things better because we're not dealing with so much all at once."
There is even experience in disguise for the Mountaineers. One of the four new players is Matt Humphrey, a senior who transferred from Boston College and who has also played at Oregon. A year ago, Humphrey played for the Eagles in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was second on the team in scoring (10.3 points per game) and 3-point baskets (55) while leading the team in minutes per game (30.3) and steals (34).
Humphrey was the first person off the bench Tuesday. After him was Noreen, a 6 foot, 10 inch sophomore who played seven games as a freshman in 2010-11 before taking a medical redshirt and then 23 games last season before another season-ending injury. He played 12 minutes per game and averaged just 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds, but Huggins valued his wherewithal on the floor. He had eight points and seven rebounds in the exhibition.
"The truth of the matter is we were 15-6 and 5-2 (in the Big East) and Kevin Noreen went down," Huggins said. "Everyone probably looked and thought he only got however many points per game and gave us however many minutes, but we could rest (Kevin Jones) and Deniz.
"We couldn't do that at all without him. I know Deniz at the end of the year had a hard time changing ends of the floor. We didn't have subs. If we can stay healthy, I think we have as good a chance as anybody else."
The glaring negative was perimeter shooting. The Mountaineers were just 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half and only Keaton Miles, who was 0-for-7 last season, made one. They finished 1-for-14, though Huggins believes that will be stronger this season than it was last season, when WVU shot an all-time low 29.8 percent.
Freshman Terry Henderson scored more than 3,300 points in high school in Raleigh, N.C., and made 47 percent of his 3-pointers as a senior. Freshman Eron Harris didn't have a senior year quite up to his standards in Indianapolis, but made 37 percent of his 3-point attempts as a junior, when he emerged in the second half of the season.
Huggins said Hinds and Humphrey have shot well in practice and sophomore Aaron Brown was sharp recently before suffering a thumb injury.
"I chalk a lot of it up to shot preparation," said Huggins, who was critical of Hinds and sophomore Gary Browne, the guards who combined for 1-for-11 shooting, one assist and seven turnovers. "I think we'll have to go back and look at the film, but a lot of the ones I looked at, when I looked at their feet, it was terrible. They had no chance to make it. The shot preparation was just awful.
"But one reason shot preparation is awful is because you never know if you're the open guy if they're going to pass you the ball. You should know if you're the open guy they're going to pass you the ball instead of putting their head down and trying to force it through three or four people."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.