After Providence made 14 of its first 16 shots, Huggins tried to do anything he could to stop the bleeding. He said he finally settled on switching to a matchup zone.But not many people remembered seeing the Mountaineers in any kind of a zone during the game's 45 minutes. Huggins had a reason for that."Well, it's really hard for people to figure out,'' Huggins said. "because we don't know what the hell we're doing.''
After having played three of four on the road, West Virginia plays four of its next six at home, including rare back-to-back home games twice.How rare is that? Well, the Mountaineers haven't played consecutive home games since mid-December, when they faced Miami, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Tennessee Tech. The only other time this season WVU has played consecutive home games was three to start the season.On Wednesday, West Virginia hosts Notre Dame in a 9 p.m. game on ESPNU, then has a noon home game Saturday against Louisville.After visits to Pitt and Notre Dame, there is a rare Friday night game (9 p.m. on ESPN) against Marquette at the Coliseum, followed by a home game with DePaul four days later. The Mountaineers wrap up the regular season with a Saturday afternoon game in Tampa, Fla., against South Florida on March 3. The Big East tournament begins the following Tuesday in New York.
BRIEFLY: Huggins' explanation for Kilicli's outstanding game was that the big center has started getting offensive rebounds. He had four against the Friars."There was a time when I didn't think he'd get that in a season,'' Huggins said.n Gary Browne and Aaron Brown started the second half in place of Keaton Miles and Jabarie Hinds. Miles didn't even get off the bench in the second half.Browne, though, had another of his great all-around games, although again under the radar. He finished with nine rebounds, six assists, five points and just one turnover in a career-high 36 minutes.Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1