"I think that's the result of shot selection and I think creating more live-ball turnovers."
WVU has 35 steals the past four games and has been more potent in transition as a result. Yet the Mountaineers have been more patient, too, when they get into half-court sets.
They've passed up acceptable shots early in possessions to get better shots or to find players in preferred spots.
"We're running offense, making five passes, trying to get the basketball in the hoop," said guard Jabarie Hinds. "We don't want to rush anything. That leads to turnovers and bad misses and fast-break points for them."
WVU's most notable improvement in passing has been its ability to get the ball into the post, where Deniz Kilicli has been increasingly effective. The Mountaineers struggled with it not so long ago, and that led to stalled possessions and forced drives or jumpers late in the shot clock.
Kilicli could be guilty of passivity and defenses adjusted by shifting attention elsewhere. WVU has engaged Kilicli more and more, and usually at the start of the game, to set a standard.
"He's so much more active," Huggins said. "When Deniz is active, he draws people to him and opens things for other people. Look at his stat line (Saturday): Eight points and he goes 4-for-8. What that doesn't tell you is how many times he draws people to him because everyone is so concerned about him scoring close."
None of this has happened against the teams above the Mountaineers, who have a 0-6 record against teams higher in the conference standings with seven games to go against the same teams. WVU plays the Bears twice and plays at Kansas State, Kansas and Oklahoma, which is 2-0 against the Mountaineers.
At home, WVU plays host to lowly Texas Tech. But they also host the league's hottest team in Oklahoma State and an Iowa State team that can match, and thus test, WVU's offensive capabilities.
The question then is not if WVU is better, but can WVU sustain this against better competition?
"We know it's only going to get harder, but we know we've got to stay together and keep working as a team, because that's what's worked," Hinds said. "Every game now is a big game for us and we need every one of them, but we finally came together as a team.
"We're sharing the ball and talking. I think our defense has gotten better and we're more aggressive, all because we started to trust each other."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.