"We still think we have a shot at the NCAA tournament,'' Kilicli said. "We've just got to win a lot. We can do that.''
It would help if Kilicli continued to play the way he has in the past two weeks. He's not always scoring a ton - although his 25 points in Saturday's 66-64 win over Texas Tech were a career high - but he's become such a force under the basket that he requires extra attention.
That Kilicli is playing as well as he is of late perhaps is a nod toward his focus. The problem with the Mountaineers this season, though, has been that it's never a sure thing that everyone is going to be focused.
"[Talent is] not the issue with our team. Our team has the talent to win all these games,'' Kilicli said. "It's just a matter of are we going to play the way we're supposed to play?
"I'm going to do what I do. I'm going to try to play my best. The rest of it, I don't know. I don't know who's going to come and play, who's not going to come and play. That's not my problem. I'm just going to do my part of the job the best I can. I don't worry about the rest of it. That's Huggs' job.''
BRIEFLY: Kansas State is fresh off of a 20-point home win over Baylor Saturday night, the same team that beat West Virginia by 20 three days earlier.
When the Mountaineers played Kansas State in Wichita last season, Huggins was actually greeted warmly. And why not? He began the revival of a Kansas State basketball program that was all but irrelevant before he arrived.
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