GAME NOTES: Still in search of their first Big 12 win of the season, the TCU Horned Frogs hit the road to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in conference action at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday.
Trent Johnson's first season at the helm in Fort Worth has been a mixed bag. The Horned Frogs had a solid non-conference run to begin the year, with wins in nine of the their first 13 games, but the team has hit a wall since the start of league play and has lost five straight games, including last weekend's 63-50 setback to Iowa State.
Bob Huggins' Mountaineers have had their share of problems as well and come into this game one game under .500 overall at 8-9. West Virginia has won four of its last six games, but is coming off a 79-52 rout at the hands of Purdue. With 718 career wins, Huggins is just one shy of tying Don Haskins for 19th place on the NCAA Division I all-time list.
This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the hardwood.
TCU's major problem this season has been a lack of scoring punch. The team ranks 342nd out of 345 programs in the country in scoring at a meager 54.8 ppg. That has certainly played a part in negating the team's strong defensive play, as the Horned Frogs rank 12th in scoring defense, allowing just 56.4 ppg. The scoring pool isn't obviously shallow, with only Kyan Anderson and Garlon Green currently averaging double figures at 11.4 and 10.9 ppg, respectively. Adrick McKinney is a distant third in the scoring column at a mere 7.8 ppg.
TCU held Iowa State to its fewest points of the season, but could not capitalize, falling to 0-5 in league play with 13-point loss. It was another stagnant offensive performance for the Horned Frogs, who netted a mere 50 points, on .364 shooting. Green, Charles Hill Jr. and Devonta Abron each netted 10 points in the loss.
Purdue took a big lead into intermission and then went on a 15-4 run to open up the second half to put the Mountaineers away over the weekend. West Virginia certainly didn't help its cause, shooting an ugly .293 from the field overall, including a mere 3-of-18 from behind the arc (.167). Eron Harris was the only Mountaineer to rich double digits in the loss with 10 points.
West Virginia has struggled in terms of shooting the basketball all season long, connecting on just 39.1 percent overall, a number that has dipped to 37.4 percent in conference games. Juwan Staten is the only member of the team currently averaging double figures and that is at just 10.1 ppg. Aaric Murray and Terry Henderson are the closest thing to reliable offensive supporters with 9.6 and 8.5 ppg, respectively. Jabarie Hinds is netting just 7.9 ppg on the year, but has almost doubled that in league play (14.3 ppg).
Neither team is considered an offensive juggernaut, but West Virginia does have the advantage of getting this game at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: West Virginia 63, TCU 55
01/23 10:35:04 ET
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