FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyers Coliseum (7,201) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: Big 12 Network, MASN. Home Record: WVU 7-3, TCU 8-6. Away Record: WVU 2-5, TCU 1-5. Neutral Record: WVU 0-0, TCU 1-1. Conference Record: WVU 4-5, TCU 1-8. Series Record: West Virginia leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: TCU tries to follow up its best win of the season on Saturday when it hosts the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 matchup at Daniel-Meyers Coliseum.
TCU shocked the basketball world and earned its first-ever win over a top-5 team on Wednesday, as Garlon Green poured in a game-high 20 points in the Horned Frogs' 62-55 win over No. 5 Kansas.
Connell Crossland added eight points and 15 rebounds for the Horned Frogs, who snapped an eight-game slide and earned their first Big 12 win after leaving the Mountain West at the start of the season.
West Virginia, meanwhile, has won two in a row, as Aaric Murray's free throw with 9.3 seconds remaining helped the Mountaineers get past Texas, 60-58, on Monday.
Murray missed all three of his field goal attempts in the outing, but he did lead WVU on the glass with eight rebounds, the most important of those coming at the end of the game.
Trailing by a score of 60-56 with time running out, the Longhorns made things interesting with just 0.7 seconds remaining after Sheldon McClellan was fouled attempting a 3-pointer from the left side. McClellan knocked down the first two attempts to make the score 60-58 and, after a timeout, missed the third shot on purpose, but the ball was rebounded by Murray to secure the win.
This will be only the second meeting between these schools, as West Virginia cruised in the first matchup, 71-50, back on Jan. 23.
Despite getting outshot from the field this season, .403 to .434, the Mountaineers still score more points (66.8 ppg) than their opponents (65.8 ppg) by sporting positive rebounding (+1.8) and turnover (+2.1) margins. Murray (9.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg) is the leading scorer, but Juwan Staten is right behind him at 9.6 ppg, while also accumulating team-highs is assists (62) and steals (27).
TCU's major problem this season has been a lack of scoring punch. The team ranks near the bottom in the country in scoring at a meager 54.5 ppg. That has certainly played a part in negating the team's strong defensive play, as the Horned Frogs rank second in the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 58.3 ppg. The scoring pool is obviously shallow, with only Kyan Anderson and Green currently averaging double figures at 11.0 and 10.7 ppg, respectively. Adrick McKinney is a distant third in the scoring column at a mere 8.4 ppg, but does lead the team with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
It's hard to imagine there will be much left in the tank for TCU after that thrilling win over Kansas, but the home crowd may be enough to get the Horned Frogs their second straight conference win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 74, West Virginia 69
02/09 10:40:17 ET
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