Can’t shoot. Can’t score. Plays basketball, which demands shooting and scoring. These things are all well-documented and the documentation is kind of scary. Why, just yesterday, Bob Huggins said on a conference call for the Winter Festival game against Michigan and said “we thought we were going to be better at this time than what we’ve been.”
This isn’t a very complex problem. Teams don’t pay much attention to WVU’s perimeter shooting and regard it as such a weakness that they pack the paint to take away the only other scoring options on drives or passes into the post.
The solution isn’t complex, either, as much as you might hate to hear it.
“This is my job to fix it and I will fix it,” he said. “It’s 100 percent my fault. It’s my job. I’m the one who’s supposed to coach them. I’m the one who recruited them. I’ve got to get them better.”
It all sounded so tidy and simple, but the truth is there’s only so much Huggins can do to rescue the Mountaineers from their very real and very frustrating offensive problems. And on top of that, there’s only one way out of this scoring funk.
WVU must shoot and score.
Until that happens, opponents are going to give the Mountaineers outside shots and take away the inside opportunities.
“When they don’t chase you, there’s nothing else you can do,” Huggins said. “I’m sitting there looking at my play card trying to figure out how to get guys out of the lane. If you’re not going to make (shots), they’re just going to stand in there.”