MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- What's a team going to look like when a starter doesn't travel with the team, two other starters earn a prolonged seat on the bench and a coach begins to lose patience with the constant misgivings of a key substitute?
It might look like the future for West Virginia.
Following Saturday night's 81-66 loss to No. 3 Michigan, Coach Bob Huggins said changes he made in WVU's seventh straight loss to a ranked opponent were more about getting through to his players than getting through one night against the Wolverines.
"I thought we put some guys in that competed and I thought we took some guys out that wouldn't," he said.
That line came in the midst of a 10-minute postgame press conference in which Huggins put a lot of the blame on the players for WVU's worst start in 14 seasons.
The Mountaineers haven't been 4-5 since December 1998 and that team finished 10-19.
"Let me tell you what those moves were from," he said. "I'm sick of it. I'm sick of watching guys stand around and watching guys not compete and watching guys miss shot after shot after shot and never come early, never stay late and don't even think about coming in on an off day.
"And they're going to tell me they care? I want some guys who care. We've got a great coaching staff. We'll coach them up."
Huggins was particularly peeved about his team's reaction to Tuesday's loss at Duquesne. The Mountaineers were off the next day, but Huggins said several players for what is one of the NCAA's worst shooting teams didn't show up at the practice facility the next day.
"There's no way we would have lost to Duquesne and Kevin Jones wouldn't have been in the gym all day the next day," Huggins said.
WVU started 12-for-18 against Michigan, but then missed 26 of the final 34 shots of the game.
"I don't want to tell you who was in the gym and who wasn't in the gym," Huggins said. "You can probably figure it out. Look at the minutes played. That'll help."
Guard Matt Humphrey didn't play. Guard Aaron Brown played the final two minutes. Guard Gary Browne played 20 minutes, but Huggins was clearly running out of tolerance for the way Browne continues to ignore instructions and instead pick up fouls defending the ball-handler.
Starting guard Jabarie Hinds played eight minutes and was 2-for-5 from the floor and is now shooting 35.8 percent.