WACO, Texas -- All season long, West Virginia has had this one bizarre habit that stands out among its other visible flaws.
The Mountaineers are prone to terrible trouble inbounding the basketball.
Anyone who's watched them play could understand. Those who haven't might not understand the struggle with one of the game's most simple acts.
"It's happened all year long," WVU Coach Bob Huggins said. "You can't drill everything every day. As it is, we go three hours and everybody thinks I'm insane. We go three hours, but you can't drill everything every day. At some point, you have to be a basketball player."
Twice Wednesday night in the Ferrell Center, the Mountaineers committed turnovers on inbound plays under the basket to give Baylor two important field goals in its 80-60 victory.
On WVU's second possession of the game, guard Gary Browne threw the ball over a crowd of players and into the path of Baylor's Pierre Jackson, who scooted the other way for a layup. It was part of three straight turnovers to start the game as the Bears took a 7-0 lead they would never relinquish. The Mountaineers were forced into an uphill battle on the road early, though they would forge five ties in the first half.
"I don't know what they ran when we threw them the ball the first time," Huggins said. "I have no idea. I've never seen that out of bounds play. We've never lined up like that. I've never seen it. I don't know what the hell they were doing."
Much later, and at a much more important stage in the second half, WVU trailed by nine points and Huggins would call a timeout to make sure his team, which was down just four points at the half, didn't get blown away before the surging crowd of 6,573.
When play resumed, Browne, who checked into the game during the timeout, held onto the ball for too long and was called for a five seconds violation, the fourth turnover in just 4:50 of the half.
"If we can't hear the coach, the point guard is supposed to call a play," WVU guard Eron Harris said. "I guess he didn't know what to call and then it was too late. We ended up running around and he couldn't get the ball in."
The Mountaineers were frazzled while the Bears were calculated.
They inbounded the ball quickly to Brady Heslip, who made his second 3-pointer in 10 seconds for a 48-36 lead, largest of the game at that point. WVU never got within single digits the rest of the way and would trail by as many as 24 points.
WVU's three-game winning streak, which matched the longest of the season, came to an end. The Mountaineers fell to 1-9 against teams in the RPI 100. Each of their wins in the streak and all five in conference play are against the teams in the three bottom spots of the conference standings. WVU is one spot above those three in the 10-team conference.