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West Virginia basketball: Deniz Kilicli, Aaric Murray in Bob Huggins' doghouse

The Mountaineers are playing uneven basketball, and coach Bob Huggins has seen enough from a few of his players.

Charles Leclaire-US PRESSWIRE

The West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team hasn't gotten off to a great start by any stretch, leading to some angst on the part of head coach Bob Huggins, according to The Daily Mail.

As it turns out, much of that predictable angst had been levied on center Aaric Murray and forward Deniz Kilicli.

Kilicli has decided to go back to work after facing some adversity from Huggins, shooting a wide arrange of jump shots for more than an hour before practice. Kilicli was benched for a vast majority of the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday in the Mountaineers' latest loss. Per the Daily Mail:

"There are going to be times like that," said the senior forward who is shooting 39.4 percent. "It's just a time period right now where I don't shoot the ball well. The only reason I go in the game is to (score) the ball. It'll get better. In three years here, I've never shot the ball worse than this three- or four-game period. It'll get better, so I work on it."

Murray is also getting a large dose of tough love from Huggins, who expects more out of his center. Murray was actually left in Morgantown when the team traveled to Michigan this past weekend, based on performance.

Both will have a chance to prove themselves worthy of more time against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

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