MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Bob Huggins didn't take much time Tuesday night to do what he felt was right. His West Virginia team surrendered a 15-point second-half lead, missed two-thirds of the shots and lost to Duquesne to drop to 4-4.
"This is my job to fix it and I will fix it," he said. "It's 100 percent my fault. It's my job. I'm the one who's supposed to coach them. I'm the one who recruited them. I've got to get them better."
It all sounded so tidy and simple, but the truth is there's only so much Huggins can do to rescue the Mountaineers from their very real and very frustrating offensive problems. And on top of that, there's only one way out of this scoring funk.
WVU must shoot and score.
Until that happens, opponents are going to give the Mountaineers outside shots and take away the inside opportunities.
"When they don't chase you, there's nothing else you can do," Huggins said. "I'm sitting there looking at my play card trying to figure out how to get guys out of the lane. If you're not going to make (shots), they're just going to stand in there."
WVU is shooting just 26.4 percent from 3-point range, which is actually worse than the 29.8 percent from last season that ranked as the worst rate in school history, and ranks No. 326 out of 345 Division I teams.
The inaccuracy isn't limited from the 3-point line, though. WVU is shooting just 39 percent overall, which is No. 306 nationally.
Another challenge comes Saturday against No. 3 Michigan in the Winter Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Wolverines (10-0) still play Coach John Beilein's 1-3-1 zone, which pressures shooters from distorting angles.
"We've played it, so I think at least conceptually we have an idea what's supposed to happen," Huggins said.
The Wolverines play plenty of man-to-man and would be no less capable of doing what others have against the Mountaineers.
WVU gets 67.9 percent of their points in the paint or at the free-throw line and the opposition knows it. Duquesne followed a script and simply sagged off the Mountaineers' perimeter players and guarded the paint.
WVU's two low post players combined for eight points, but even worse was that Deniz Kilicli and Aaric Murray took just 12 shots. Kilicli took 19 by himself against a Marshall team that he said had big defenders who "didn't want to guard."
"The last two games, you guys saw it. You watched the game, too," Kilicli said. "They put everyone in the paint. I'm not the only one seeing it, am I?"