"I guess we are still trying to figure out this new rule," said point guard Juwan Staten, one of six WVU players with three or more personal fouls against the Hokies. "It's just something we're going to have to adjust to.
"It was real difficult because you're taught to chest up. That's something you're taught when you're young. To have to change everything you're taught ... is hard."
The rule changes, however, should benefit a player like Staten. Fouls are being called on defenders who keep a hand or forearm on an offensive player. Defenders cannot use two hands, continually jab at the ball and place a hand on the offensive player, or use an arm bar to impede the progress of an offensive player.
The changes were proposed and approved after college basketball teams combined to average 67.5 points per game last season - the lowest figure since 1981-82, years before the debut of the 3-point line.
Last season, 174 teams averaged 67.5 points per game or more. Through the first week of the 2013-14 season, 261 of 340 Division I teams are at or above that mark.
Regression to the mean should be anticipated. Defenders will get a better feel for what will be called a foul and what will be permitted. Offensive players will know precisely how aggressive they can be. Defenses may flash more zone and force more jump shots, leading to fewer fouls and fewer free throws.
Huggins, long at odds with the men in stripes, can even acquiesce to the fact that the officiating crews need time to adapt.
"They're trying to feel their way through it just like we are," he said. "They've never called a game that way before, either."
In the mean time, the players' learning curve needs to be accelerated, or short benches will get shorter and fans will see their favorite players doing more standing than starring. It'll be all about free throws and not free flow.
"We're going to have to (adjust)," Staten said. "It's not about if we think we can or feel we can, we're just going to have to. If we want to win ballgames ... we're just going to have to."
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