"It's not always your five best guys," he said. "It's the five guys who play the best together. Sometimes that varies as to how people play you. Casey Mitchell, when he was a junior, played a whole lot more against zone than he did against man.
"It depends on matchups, it depends on how people try to play, it depends on what we think we can do that's advantageous."
WVU's trouble is in seeing through its shortcomings to find those advantages. In just the past two games, Duquesne sunk its defense to guard Kilicli and dared the Mountaineers to get offense from the perimeter, while Kilicli couldn't score when he got the ball in a crowd. Michigan played with less bias, but WVU's offense was more effective without Kilicli.
Point guard Juwan Staten had five assists and no turnovers and Henderson and Harris combined for five 3-pointers, which got the Mountaineers thinking.
"Right now the dribble drive and kick-out is our best weapon," Harris said. "We've got guys who can shoot it and we've got a guard who can drive it. I don't know if our post game is there yet, but we've got a lot of time to work on it.
"At this point, I really can't even say what's our best weapon (because) we've got so much to work on, but we can always have two guys on the floor who can shoot and that can be a good weapon for us with the point guard we have."
Huggins, who is quick to note his team has played home just twice in 10 games, sees a benefit and figured things will settle. WVU plays its next four games at home and six games before classes resume with the start of the spring semester.
"I think eventually the healthy thing is going to be that it is competitive and probably more competitive than it's ever been before," he said. "We had guys before that were a good bit better and we don't now. We have a whole bunch of guys that it depends on the day which ones play better."
Oakland averages 71 points per game with three players getting the bulk of the points. Travis Bader, a 6-5 guard, averages 19.8 points and shoots 39 percent from 3-point range. Corey Petros is a 6-10 center averaging 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and shooting 59 percent from the floor. Duke Monday, a 6-4 guard who led the Big East in steals in 2011 at Providence, averages 13.1 points and 4.3 assists per game.
The Golden Grizzlies also have former WVU forward Tommie McCune on the roster, but he's sitting out this season as a transfer.
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