CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There was more whistling than a Kate Upton photo shoot.
The only gawking during Tuesday afternoon's West Virginia-Virginia Tech men's basketball game, however, was during the frequent stoppages in play and 71 free-throw attempts.
It certainly wasn't an eye-pleaser, but the Hokies' 87-82 win over the Mountaineers might be a more frequent sight as coaches, players and officials adjust to the freedom-of-movement movement.
The offseason rule changes - aimed at creating a free-flowing game and, subsequently, more scoring - were on display during WVU's second game of the 2013-14 season. There were 53 fouls called, more than any West Virginia men's hoops game last season.
The Hokies and Mountaineers combined to make 51 free throws on a combined 71 attempts, both more than any game involving WVU last season.
Virginia Tech's 87 points in regulation is also a rarity for Coach Bob Huggins' eyes. Only twice in the past 254 games had a Huggins opponent scored as many points without the benefit of overtime, and both games involved Kansas (once at Kansas State during the 2006-07 season and WVU's 91-65 loss last season at KU).
In fact, in 1,012 career games, a Huggins-coached team has allowed as many or more than the Hokies' 87-point outburst 22 times (overtime games excluded).
That might be a tough new reality for the 60-year-old who received his first head coaching gig in 1980. This is a different game.
"It's the way it's going to get called, I guess," Huggins said after WVU squandered a 17-point lead to lose to a Virginia Tech team picked to finish last in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I understand what they're trying to do. Consistency would help, you know? So everything is called the same."
The adjustment period continues Sunday when West Virginia (1-1) hosts Duquesne (1-1) at 4 p.m. The Dukes average 87.5 points per game.
The spiked scoring numbers will likely decrease as players and referees alike re-train what they've spent a lifetime learning.