Lately, Kilicli has begun to make the most of all of his minutes. He's not putting up huge numbers, but he's playing hard and, for the most part, playing well.
If he continues to do that he will continue to play. His 34 minutes on the floor Monday against Texas were a season high.
In fact, since playing just six minutes in a loss at Purdue on Jan. 19 - that was the end of a nine-game stretch when he played just 14.6 minutes per game after averaging 24.4 in the first eight games - Kilicli has averaged 25.4 minutes. He's also averaging 12.2 points in those last five games and is shooting 58 percent. He's not rebounding a lot, but he's had five blocked shots over that span after having just four in the first 17 games.
Most of all, though, Kilicli is giving the effort Huggins wants to see.
"He has a lot of energy right now,'' Huggins said. "He was terrific in practice. He actually dove out of bounds, which you don't see Deniz doing a lot.''
But then TCU somehow knocked off No. 5 Kansas 62-55 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth. It was TCU's first win since joining the Big 12.
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