West Virginia faces challenge with 7 freshmen

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Some of Bob Huggins' veteran players have been trying to make his job easier in what's shaping up to be a challenging season at West Virginia.

Kevin Jones, Deniz Kilicli (kuh-LITCH-luh) and Truck Bryant have been coaches on the floor to seven freshmen in preseason practices.

Since taking over in 2007, Huggins' starting rotations have been filled with accomplished scorers and playmakers. But he has his work cut out for him this time.

While West Virginia ponders an invitation by the Big 12 to join that league, the Mountaineers have been picked to finish seventh by Big East coaches.

West Virginia opens the regular season Nov. 11 against Oral Roberts.