"The biggest questions and concerns people had when I came back here were, 'Are we going to play a better non-conference schedule?' " Huggins said. "I think we've tried to do that. I think we've tried to bring attractive non-conference teams in. I think what we need to do is probably try to keep those games out of our conference schedule."
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WVU COMMITTED its seventh turnover of the first half with 8:11 to go before halftime Monday and Texas scored for a 17-10 lead. The Mountaineers had no turnovers the rest of the half, made 8 of 10 shots, all three of their 3-point attempts and outscored Texas 22-8 to lead 32-25 at the half.
Deniz Kilicli had a travel on WVU's first possession of the second half and that was the only one for the first 6:52 of the half. The Mountaineers made 4 of 6 shots to start the second half, pushed the lead to as large as 11 points and led 44-37 when things changed.
WVU had four turnovers in 2:10 and took just one shot in five possessions. Two Texas steals led to baskets and the Longhorns soon had a 49-47 lead.
"If you want to win the games like Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, games like that when you're playing against players who are going to make shots even when you're guarding them, you can't have these turnovers," Kilicli said. "When you play against teams like that and when we turn the ball over on offense and we don't get a shot, that hurts us because they will make it."
WVU finished with 16 turnovers, the 13th time in 14 games with at least 10 turnovers.
The exception was an eight-turnover game against Kansas, which was WVU's most promising effort against a top team this season. In the 14 games, WVU has averaged 13.7 turnovers and has had more turnovers than assists nine times.
In those nine games, WVU's shooting percentage is just 39.1 percent and the Mountaineers are 3-6. Two of the wins are the past two games, where they've shot 51.8 percent and have built double-digit leads in each game before slipping and letting both opponents back in the game.
Opponents have averaged 15 points off turnovers the past 14 games. WVU is allowing just 66 points per game in that span.
"If you just throw the ball away, (Big 12 opponents) will get you on the other side," Kilicli said. "We won with 18 turnovers (against Texas Tech) but we shot the ball pretty well. If we're playing like we normally play, if we play our average game, we can't turn the ball over like that because they're going to make shots. That's why we're not in second or third in the league."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.