Deniz Kilicli wasn't trying to be disrespectful. Honest.
Still, the burly West Virginia center just kind of shook his head when asked if he thought seventh-seeded Gonzaga had the chops to mix it up against the 10th-seeded Mountaineers in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
"I think they're physical in their conference, but we play in the Big East," Kilicli said. "I play guys like (Robert) Sacre and (Elias) Harris 16 times, 17 times you know. So I think they're not going to be as prepared as we are, but they're definitely physical and they want to play physical."
Sacre understands the perception the style of play in the West Coast Conference is a little kinder, a little gentler. He'd love nothing more than to blow it out of the water one rebound at a time against one of the most bruising teams in the country.
"The mentality of basketball in the West Coast is changing, becoming a more physical game," Sacre said. "It's great to see that. You know what? I fe...