"The defense was spinning and didn't know what we were going to run on offense," Kilicli said. "We moved the ball and moved the defense and we caught them looking at the ball."
Kilicli had 14 points on just five shots and four baskets. Senior Kevin Jones scored 24 points and has at least 20 points in three straight games for the first time in his career. He added 14 rebounds and leads the Big East in scoring (20.1), rebounding (11.6) and double-doubles (12).
Senior Truck Bryant had 15 of his 18 points in the first half, when WVU was 17-for-30 (56.7 percent) from the floor, with assists on all but three baskets, and 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Freshman Jabarie Hinds had 11 points, only the second time he's scored in double figures in six Big East play. Both times the opponent was Rutgers. Freshman Keaton Miles was 3-for-4 for six points and added four rebounds and seven assists. He had career-high totals in baskets, points and assists.
"We played a whole different game as a team and we passed it and had good motion and movement," Bryant said. "When that happens and we have more than just me, K.J. and Deniz scoring, we're a pretty good team."
The Mountaineers have won eight in a row against Rutgers and 18 of 25 since they joined the Big East in 1995. That, as much as anything else, explained WVU's improvements Saturday.
"We didn't play UConn, that's one thing," Kilicli said. "We played Rutgers, not UConn. It's easy. It's pretty simple. They don't have two or three players that can play. They have one freshman who kind of plays one day and doesn't want to play on the other."
WVU scored 30 points in the paint against Rutgers and 20 against UConn. The Huskies blocked nine WVU shots. Rutgers blocked two. The Mountaineers turned UConn over 12 times for 19 points. They turned the Scarlet Knights over 19 times for 23 points. WVU had 10 assists on 21 baskets and shot 32.3 percent against UConn. The same players had 22 assists on 27 baskets and shot 46.6 percent against Rutgers.
"Andre Drummond and Alex Oriakhi weren't standing under the basket," Huggins said of the UConn players Rutgers just doesn't have.
WVU expects Marshall, which won last year's game after losing four straight to WVU, to offer more than Rutgers.
The Thundering Herd is No. 2 nationally in rebounding margin (plus-11.6) and the defense has allowed just three opponents to score more than 70 points this season. WVU is 13-1 when it scores 70 or more this season, including both wins against Rutgers.
"Marshall is better than these guys," Kilicli said.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.