The habit of falling behind and then rallying - West Virginia did the latter in Norman by shooting nearly 70 percent in the second half - is annoying to everyone, but particularly Kilicli. He's played as consistently well as anyone on the roster over the last few weeks and has little to show for it.
"I'm tired of this. I'm tired of getting 12, 15 [points] down and try to get back up again. It's hard to come back,'' Kilicli said. "I mean, how many times does a team come back [to win a game] in a year anyways? Maybe once or twice. And we try to do that every game.
"When you dig that big a hole, you can't make a mistake, OK? You have to play perfect after that, and we try to do that every game. Nobody's perfect, so when you mess up one play it costs us the whole game.
"I feel like we just don't have that thing, but I don't know what that is,'' Kilicli continued. "Some people call it toughness. Some people call it having heart. Whatever, we just don't have that.''
Coach Bob Huggins, himself involved in the first five-game losing streak of his Division I coaching career and the worst skid since he lost five in a row during his first season at NAIA Walsh College, understands Kilicli's frustration.
"If you're a senior and you have the most losses since when,'' Huggins asked, "it's kind of your legacy, isn't it?''
Still, there remained just a ray of hope from the Turkish center, even if he knows how silly the thought might be.
"Yeah, we have a chance. We can go [make it to] the NCAA tournament,'' Kilicli said. "But if we keep doing this our season will end [next week].''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.