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Huggins on Improvement, Transfers

It's hard to believe that the West Virginia squad fans saw on Saturday was the same team that had lost earlier this season to Duquesne. While every game is different and home court advantage certainly played a role, head coach Bob Huggins noticed what every fan also saw - that team played a lot harder than they had earlier in the year.

Huggins announced the signing of JUCO guard Tarik Phillip on Wednesday.

"I thought we got better shots," said Huggins on Monday. "I thought we did a better job of getting quality shots. Obviously we didn't get enough of them."

Although his team came up just short in the one-point loss to Top 25 Kansas State, Huggins is seeing improvement with each passing day.

"We're getting better," he said. "On the perimeter, we are playing three sophomores and two freshmen. I think we get better all the time. I think the more and more experience they get, the better we get."

One place Huggins is looking for improvement is from his transfers, particularly center Aaric Murray and guard Juwan Staten.

Murray has come off the bench each of the last two games and played well, after being left behind during an early season road trip to New York.

"I'm not sure what we're doing (with Aaric)," Huggins said when asked if Murray would come off the bench or start. "We very well could bring him off the bench. He's getting better. We got to get him to not take some plays off, but he's getting better every time out."

Staten, the transfer from Dayton was benched for the second half of the Texas game and the entirety of the Kansas State game Saturday. When asked if he would "play or travel" with the team this week, Huggins was careful with his answer.

"Yes, (Juwan) is going to travel," he said. "I think everybody has got to be on the same page. If everybody is not on the same page, you don't have a very good team. He's gonna travel and we got two days of practice before Iowa State. We'll see where everything is and what happens from there."

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