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December 10, 2012

Huggins looks for improvement to continue

Head Coach Bob Huggins believes his team has made improvement in most areas since the beginning of the season, but at time he still has to be reminded how inexperienced this West Virginia basketball team actually is at this point in the season.

Huggins said he's seen progress in rebounding, defending and running the offense, but there's obviously a ways to go to continue the improvement for the Mountaineers, something that will continue to develop the more the team plays together.

"For my sanity I really hope so," Huggins said.

Huggins was asked if the long-range shooting exploits put on by Kevin Noreen and Aaric Murray could become part of the offense and the veteran coach spoke of a similar situation when he was at Cincinnati when his guards struggled to hit shots.

"They can't miss any more than our guards have," he said.

While knew Murray could hit outside shots, Noreen's outburst was as surprising to him as it was to those inside the Coliseum or watching the game on television.

"Kevin doesn't shoot the ball in practice. It's not like he went out and did something in the game he does in practice," Huggins said.

Now eligible to play in games, center Volodymyr Gerun didn't make it into the game against Virginia Tech and is still in the process of taking it all in without being overwhelmed.

"We're going to get him in some games here where he can start to learn. We're spending a lot more time in practice, but it's a lot to learn in a short period of time," he said.

West Virginia travels to Duquesne Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. tip.


Huggins said that transfer Matt Humphrey hasn't seen the floor recently due to both a shoulder injury and the fact that Keaton Miles and Terry Henderson have both played well when on the floor.

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