Deniz Kilicli, who has seen his points and productivity drop drastically since he recorded a combined 31 points against Pitt and DePaul in early February, hasn't been a big factor for the Mountaineers in their last eight games. He's scored just 21 points and grabbed only 25 rebounds over that span -- a far cry from the numbers WVU needs from him at the center position.
Whether his recent struggles were a reason or not, Kilicli was in the training room when the locker room was opened for interviews on Wednesday. He wasn't hiding, but he also wasn't the same gregarious Kilicli that he was when his shots were falling and he was recording 20-plus minutes per game.
Kilicli will face a big challenge against Clemson, which figures to again attack the rim with its big men as it did in its NCAA first round win over UAB. West Virginia needs him to be solid defensively and productive on offense if it is to advance in the Big Dance.
In this interview, Kilicli discusses what he learned from watching the Tigers on Tuesday night, and what the Mountaineers will have to do in order to neutralize their attack.