Against the Friars, Kilicli looked like a player who realized none of the defenders could handle him. Kilicli applied all the things he and his coaches worked on in practice since Monday's loss to Pitt.
"Before, I was off balance the whole time," he said. "Look at Syracuse and St. John's and even the Pitt game ... look at my feet. My upper body goes one way and my feet go another way. When I do that, I'd hit just the backboard."
That became the focus of his practices during the six days between games.
"It's not a hard thing to change," Kilicli said. "I'm not saying from now on I'm going to get 30 a game, but it helps a lot."
Kilicli slowed down against the Friars and took his time when he got the ball in the post. He figured things out early and was useful at the most opportune moments for the Mountaineers, who play host to Notre Dame (15-8, 7-3) at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
He had seven points in a 19-7 run when WVU went from down 15 points to down just three. Kilicli added five points in the final 3 minutes, 32 seconds of regulation and then flipped in four more points in overtime.
"I have a couple moves," he said. "People watch film and they know what you're going to do. They know I'm going to go right. It's important I make them think about that, but I didn't shoot it with my right (Sunday). They couldn't guard my left."
Kilicli found success with his sweeping, left-handed hook shot. He worked for open shots with a series of pivots. He drew three fouls while working for scoring chances. He even had four offensive rebounds, his second-best total the seasons. Kilicli had two baskets and one free throw off his offensive rebounds.
"There was a while where I didn't think he'd get that many the rest of the season," Huggins said. "I thought this was as competitive as what Deniz has been."
The Irish have won four in a row, including two games on the road, overall. WVU has won two straight against ND and four out of five in the series. The Mountaineers haven't lost to Notre Dame at home since 2005.
WVU is No. 25 in the RPI and No. 5 in strength of schedule and the mountaineers believe they need to win the remaining four home games to make the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight season.
"We've got a lot of season left," Huggins said. "We're in good shape RPI-wise and strength of schedule-side, but we can't lose touch with some of the people in the middle (of the Big East race).
"I feel good that if it came down to having a similar record to some of those other people that we're going to be all right. We've done what the committee has asked us to do."
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