He's changing that up, too, based on a conversation he had not long ago with former Arizona and USC Coach Kevin O'Neill.
"He talked about three (days) on, one (day) off," Huggins said. "We've always kind of gone pretty much six (straight) days a week. I thought it'd make you tougher, and I think it has, but you wonder if going three-on, one-off makes you fresher.
"Not physically. Those guys recover pretty fast. I think it's mentally, and hopefully we'll be able to concentrate a lot better and stay in things better three-on, one-off. I understand on day five and day six, it gets a little tough toward the end."
Huggins again conceded the style of play and officiating in the Big 12 overwhelmed last year's Mountaineers and he vowed to be more attuned to the ways of their new league. Part of that was done through the additions of junior college forward Remi Dibo, who shot better than 41 percent from 3-point range last season at Casper (Wyo.) College, and freshman forwards Nathan Adrian, Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams.
"I think we really tried to make a conscious effort of trying to recruit guys who can make shots," Huggins said. "Whether they do or not, I don't know, but they're very capable of making shots."
Huggins said junior forward Kevin Noreen and sophomore guards Eron Harris and Terry Henderson will add to the perimeter presence. Harris, Henderson and junior point guards Juwan Staten and Gary Browne will combine to play the three perimeter spots, but Huggins said 6-7 Dibo and 6-9 Adrian, from Morgantown High, could probably play at small forward.
For now, it's a team without much size.
"We don't have centers," Huggins said. "We had a center. It didn't work out very well."
That would be Aaric Murray, the talented but troubled 6-foot-10 transfer from La Salle who was dismissed in July and is now at Texas Southern. Huggins was asked if he could still play with one man in the middle and four players around the perimeter.
"Who am I going to put inside?" he said.
That may well leave the Mountaineers with five players outside and none inside.
"I'd say we don't have much of a choice," he said.
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