TCU (9-18) at West Virginia (15-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 1:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: WVU Coliseum (14,000) -- Morgantown, West Virginia. Television: ROOT. Home Record: TCU 5-9, WVU 9-5. Away Record: TCU 3-7, WVU 3-7. Neutral Record: TCU 1-2, WVU 3-1. Conference Record: TCU 0-15, WVU 7-8. Series Record: West Virginia leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs will once again try for their first Big 12 conference victory of the season on Saturday afternoon when they head to WVU Coliseum to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.
TCU has found no success in Big 12 action, losing all 15 of its league bouts, most recently falling in blowout fashion at home to Oklahoma State on Monday, 76-54. The Horned Frogs at just 9-18 overall this season, including 3-7 on the road.
Although WVU has had much more success than TCU this season, going 15-13 overall and 7-8 in the league, it has been on the downswing of late with three consecutive losses, including a road setback at nationally-ranked Iowa State on Wednesday night, 83-66. The Mountaineers are happy to return home to WVU Coliseum, where they've gone 9-5.
The teams opened up their respective Big 12 schedules on Jan. 4 in Fort Worth, with the Mountaineers edging the Horned Frogs, 74-69. WVU has won all three matchups in the all-time series.
The Horned Frogs fell flat from the very start in their most recent game, as they trailed Oklahoma State by 15 points at the intermission before eventually suffering the 22-point setback. They shot a modest 41.5 percent from the field on the evening but attempted 21 fewer field goals than the Cowboys and were hindered by losing both the rebounding (35-26) and turnover (15-12) battles. Kyan Anderson shot just 5-of-14 from the floor but still finished with 15 points. Jarvis Ray and Karviar Shepherd netted 11 points apiece, with Shepherd making his performance a double-double with 10 rebounds.
It's no surprise that TCU has struggled so much this season when analyzing its statistical performance, as it shoots just 40.8 percent from the field for 63.9 ppg, while allowing 71.4 ppg on 44.1 percent shooting, and it also owns one of the nation's worst rebounding margins at -8.4. Anderson is in the midst of a strong season, scoring 16.9 ppg with great percentages from the field (.481), 3-point range (.406) and the free-throw line (.847). Armic Fields brings 13.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg to the table, while Shepherd is also a solid presence in the paint with 8.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 1.8 bpg.
The Mountaineers were thoroughly outmatched by Iowa State in their most recent tilt, as they were outshot from the field, 50.8 percent to 35.8 percent, and lost the rebounding battle, 46-38, en route to the 17-point setback. Juwan Staten led the way with 19 points to go with five rebounds and four assists, while Eron Harris and Remi Dibo added 15 and 14 points, respectively.
WVU's offensive performance earlier in the week was not indicative of the type of season it's having, as it shoots 44.2 percent from the field for an impressive 78.5 ppg, knocking down 8.1 3-pointers per game at a 38.4 percent clip, while boasting a stellar +3.5 turnover margin. The squad has a weakness on the defensive end of the floor, however, allowing 73.6 ppg on 44.8 percent shooting. Staten (18.1 ppg) and Harris (18.0 ppg) have been neck-and-neck for the scoring lead all season long, with Staten adding 6.0 rpg and 6.0 apg and Harris shooting 77-of-184 from beyond the arc (.418). Terry Henderson (12.1 ppg) and Devin Williams (8.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg) are also integral parts.
Although WVU has had its share of struggles this season, at home against the Big 12's worst team, it shouldn't have trouble finding its way to victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: West Virginia 82, TCU 68
03/01 10:53:26 ET