"The Baylor game was different officiating," he said. "Everyone got fouls - us, and them, too. This game, I thought they were letting us play a little bit."
Kilicli had just two fouls against Texas Tech, his lowest total since he played six minutes in the 27-point loss at Purdue. He started this surge right after that and has only been in real foul trouble once, when he fouled out against Oklahoma State.
Kilicli was in the midst of a promising performance and finished with 12 points, but accelerated his exit with a silly frustration foul in the backcourt after a missed shot. That was the second time he'd fouled out in Big 12 play and the third time this season, but he's stayed clear of danger since then.
He said the Big 12 games aren't officiated differently than Big East games, but he said the officials and the players had to get to know one another. He credits his play of late to greater familiarity as officials know his play and he knows what's permissible.
"I'm consistent with how I post up," he said. "I'm going to do that the whole game. That's how I play. It's not a foul if you keep your hands up. I don't grab people."
Many post players, in the Big 12 and in other leagues, will drop their arms when they post up and hook a defender's legs to get position or pin an opponent's arm on his side to let a teammate throw a pass.
Kilcili said he remembers Coach Bob Huggins telling him that an official was impressed with how aggressively and legally Kilicli posted up and kept his hands visible for teammates as well as officials to see.
He thinks officials have grown to understand, accept and even respect his way, but that it has to do with Kilicli granting them the same treatment.
"In the beginning of the year, there were calls I wasn't even in," he said. "That doesn't happen anymore. I think they appreciate if you work hard and try to do what they say. I always ask them, 'What's going on, man?' They'll tell you before you foul most of the time. 'Look, man, you've got to keep your elbows tucked in.' Then I try to do that.
"Lots of guys act stubborn and don't listen to the refs. I listen to them because they can take you out of the game. I respect them and when I do that I think I get the respect back."
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HUGGINS COACHED Kansas State in the 2006-07 season and led the Wildcats to the NIT. That was the first of what is now seven straight 20-win seasons for the school.
WVU and Kansas State played last season in Wichita, Kan., with WVU winning in two overtimes, but this is the first time Huggins has been back to Bramlage Coliseum.
"In all honesty, if I had a list of 100 things to worry about, that might be No. 112," Huggins said. "The truth of the matter is I've been gone six years now."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.