He is not alone and the constant tactic bothers the perimeter players, too.
"It's tough catching the ball and seeing somebody play off of you because your first instinct is to shoot the ball," freshman Terry Henderson said.
The Mountaineers might have to get used to it. Duquesne's defense came one game after the Mountaineers made 10 of 24 3-pointers against Virginia Tech's sunken defense. Huggins said Henderson shot "as well as anybody can shoot the ball" in Monday's practice and that Jabarie Hinds had been working his way out of his rut by spending more time in the practice facility than anybody other than Kevin Noreen, who's renowned for his constant presence there.
The Mountaineers were hoping it all might discourage the defensive trend that dates back to last season, but the Dukes were not duped.
"The other guys watch film, too, and they're going to keep putting everyone under the basket," Kilicli said. "If you lose, they're going to keep doing it all year."
Unless something changes, which is all the Mountaineers can hope for until it happens.
"Those guys can make all those shots," Kilicli said. "They worked on it all summer. I saw it myself. Before the season, I told all you guys we were going to be able to make shots. Apparently we can't now."
In eight games, WVU's most prolific 3-point shooters are Henderson, Hinds and Matt Humphrey. Each has six 3s. The best percentages belong to Murray and Noreen, a pair of 6-foot-10 players. Murray is 3-for-6 and Noreen 2-for-3. The best percentage for a guard is Eron Harris' 33.3 percent.
The opposition is giving them space and daring them to shoot so that the defense can better guard the paint. WVU's perimeter shooting is such a weakness that the other teams have all but ignored it to take away the only other option inside.
Defenses are surrounding Kilicli and the crowd makes it hard for his teammates to not only pass it to him, but also to drive toward the basket.
"This season has been a struggle for me to score because there's been three people, four people on me all the time," said Kilicli, who averages 9.9 points and shoots 41 percent (30-for-73) from the floor. "It's tough. You can't turn. You get the ball with your back turned and you've got to turn one way or the other, but you've got a guy here and a guy there."
If he gets the ball, the defense collapses, which makes it hard to make a move or to pass the ball back to the perimeter. He has teammates open there, but if they get the ball and a good shot, a basket is not yet guaranteed with this group.
"We've just got to continue to shoot the ball," Huggins. "They're going to start going in and then we'll get some confidence and we'll be fine. I think everybody goes through this at some point during the season. It's just very rare that you go through it at the beginning of the season like this."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.