With West Virginia senior forward/center Deniz Kilicli’s earlier comments about how this year’s WVU men’s basketball team consisted of ‘prima donnas’ and ‘guys who didn’t work hard,’ it was safe to assume that some players would react negatively and respond on Twitter.
That’s indeed what happened.
While some players didn’t want to respond to engage in any negative...
We’re starting to get some insight into why the 2012-2013 West Virginia men’s basketball team had a disappointing season.
The Mountaineers were unable to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the NIT and the CBI with a 13-19 record overall and abysmal 6-12 Big 12 Conference mark. West Virginia fell in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to Texas Tech as well.
Deniz Kilicli summarizes his career and West Virginia's 83-74 loss to Iowa State on Senior Day.
West Virginia honored seniors Matt Humphrey, Dominique Rutledge and Deniz Kilicli in a ceremony before Saturday's game against Iowa State.
West Virginia – the team and the state – has been waiting for senior forward Deniz Kilicli to reach his potential. On Saturday, he went a long way toward doing that.
West Virginia got the sort of performance out of Deniz Kilicli that it has sorely needed, and coach Bob Huggins said if teammates had truly looked for him as often as they should have, Kilicli could have scored 40 in the Mountaineers' win.
West Virginia’s inaugural journey through the Big 12 has been a tough endeavor considering injuries, shooting woes, and just adjustments to the new clientele that WVU faces, night in, night out. However, WVU seems to be getting healthy and getting active, especially with big-man Deniz Kilicli in the paint. Lilicli’s play punctuated Monday night’s 60-58 win over Texas as...
The plan was to get up early on Sunday and watch the epic Big 10 battle between Indiana and Michigan with both team allegedly rated in the top three by the people who make such ratings. The plan failed. I did get up early on Sunday (I've lost the ability to sleep in) and was all ready to watch some early morning hoops (family sleeping, sound off - just me communing with the TV...
Deniz Kilicli and Jabarie Hinds scored 14 points apiece to lead West Virginia to a 60-58 win over Texas on Monday night.
West Virginia (11-11, 4-5 Big 12 Conference) swept the season series and sent the Longhorns (10-12, 2-7) to their seventh loss in nine games. West Virginia has won two straight for the first time since late December.
Texas trailed by as many as 11 early in the...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2013
Eron Harris scored a career-high 19 points Wednesday night to help lead West Virginia over TCU 71-50 in their first-ever meeting.
West Virginia's point total was its highest in five Big 12 Conference games.
The two opponents, in their first season in the Big 12, were fighting losing streaks coming in. The Mountaineers (9-9, 2-3) had dropped three straight, while TCU (9-10,...
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January 23, 2013
Gary Browne led three West Virginia players in double-figures to negate Eastern Kentucky's 3-point shooting Sunday as the Mountaineers held off the Colonels 74-67.
Browne, a sophomore, scored a career-high 17 points, matching backcourt-mate Juwan Staten, and Deniz Kilicli added 10. Browne previously scored 15 at Gonzaga on March 15, 2012 in the NCAA tournament.
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December 30, 2012
West Virginia's struggles have a relatively simple cause, according to forward Deniz Kilicli, and there won't be any meaningful improvement until things change. The Mountaineers are simply missing too many open jump shots to be effective in any phase of play.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Deniz Kilicli scored 21 points to claim MVP honors and West Virginia beat Marshall 69-59 in a wild Capital Classic featuring five ejections and five technicals on Wednesday.
Deniz Kilicli scored a season-high 21 points to lead West Virginia to a 69-59 win over Marshall on Wednesday night.
West Virginia (3-3) beat its intrastate rival for the sixth time in the last seven meetings and improved to 30-11 all-time in the series.
The Mountaineers looked lethargic early, went ahead to stay late in the first half and extended the lead to as many as 11 points...
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December 05, 2012
The record may not show it, but West Virginia has gotten better since its season-opener at Gonzaga, according to senior Deniz Kilicli. Thus, the Mountaineers aren't as frustrated as one might imagine with a 1-3 record.
Amath M'Baye scored 19 points and Je'lon Hornbeak had 14 as Oklahoma beat West Virginia 77-70 in the third-place game Sunday night at the Old Spice Classic.
Andrew Fitzgerald added nine points for Oklahoma (4-1)
West Virginia (1-3) got 15 points from Juwan Staten. Gary Browne and Deniz Kilicli had 13 apiece.
Both teams split two games earlier in the classic. Oklahoma beat...
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November 25, 2012
Select members of the WVU men’s basketball team met with the media following their exhibition win Tuesday night 95-53 over Glenville State. The Mountaineers will now turn their focus on the season opener and Gonzaga. Deniz Kilicli led the scoring with 19 points, and Juwan Staten added 16 points and 6 assists. Matt [...]
Jabarie Hinds and Deniz Kilicli offer their views on West Virginia's play in the Gold and Blue Debut -- the season-opening public viewing of the Mountaineer basketball team.
Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series. Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days. Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.
We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order...
The MSN went behind the scene to check out the WVU men’s basketball team during their time this week during Big 12 media days at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Jabarie Hinds, Deniz Kilicli and Bob Huggins was there to represent the Mountaineers. Video via WVUSports.com
In the spirit of the "Dirty Dozen" which Brother Phil has cornered the market with it's time to take the concept to the NCAA Tournament. (I would refer to madness toward a certain month in the spring but OSG would have to cut a big check to CBS. Not very economically fesable.) So let's begin with today's games (Remember, I'm not a professional, I just...
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,...
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March 14, 2012
PITTSBURGH -- West Virginia's Deniz Kilicli and Truck Bryant stifled laughs when asked about Gonzaga's proclaimed intention to play a physical style of basketball in Thursday's NCAA Tournament Round of 64 game. The Mountaineers, they emphasized, deal with that every game in the Big East Conference.
There are 32 games on Thursday and Friday, one of the most exciting 48-hour segments on the sports calendar.
We won’t be able to get individual previews up for every game, but we’ll cherry pick some of the more compelling matchups during the tournament’s “second” round.
In this post, we preview the East Region’s 7-10 matchup between eternal Tournament darlings Gonzaga...
Truck Bryant was defiant. Deniz Kilicli blamed himself. Bob Huggins was at wits' end. Reactions varied widely after West Virginia dropped its seventh game in its last nine outings, a 61-60 decision against No. 10 Marquette on Friday.