Deniz Kilicli was still sitting out an NCAA-mandated suspension when the Mountaineers defeated the Herd a year ago, but he knows the importance that the Thundering Herd and some fans place on it. Almost from the moment the big center came to Mountain State Academy from his native Turkey, people were in his ear about it.
"In high school they taught me, Pitt and Marshall, you don't like them," Kilicli said before West Virginia went through its final practice at the Coliseum before heading to Charleston. "It's an important game for them."
With former Pitt assistant Tom Herrion at the head of the Marshall program, comparisons between the Herd's style of play and that of the Panthers were also a topic of the day. In this interview, Kilicli discusses those and touches on a couple other aspects of WVU's final non-conference game of the regular season.