Kilicli showed up early for practice Tuesday and spent a great deal of time working around the basket against team managers pounding him with pads.
West Virginia might also return 6-foot-10 Aaric Murray to the floor after Huggins left him at home for the trip to Brooklyn. Huggins said Murray's attitude had been better the past two days and said he would likely dress for the game, but was noncommittal on actually playing him.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign from the Michigan game was the play of freshmen Terry Henderson and Eron Harris. Henderson scored 23 points and Harris 10 and both made some clutch shots. It's one of the few times this season that anyone has made outside shots for the Mountaineers.
Oakland brings to the Coliseum a fairly veteran team that plays only one freshman in the rotation.
Most of the scoring is done by 6-5 junior guard Travis Bader (19.6 points per game), 6-4 junior guard Duke Mondy (13.1) and 6-10, 245-pound sophomore forward Corey Petros (14.9). The Golden Grizzlies have only two players in the rotation who stand over 6-6.
BRIEFLY: West Virginia has played Oakland just once, a 95-71 win in the 2010-11 season opener.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.
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