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Mountaineers Head to Fort Worth for Matchup with TCU Horned Frogs

FORT WORTH TX.- Coming off a win over the Texas Longhorns in Austin, the Mountaineers will now travel three hours north to Fort Worth, to take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs Tuesday night. 

A part of their three-game tour through Texas, the trip to Fort Worth will likely be the only matchup between the two schools this season due to COVID-19 cancellations.

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon has been at the helm of the Horned Frogs since 2016, and is 95-66 all time coaching his alma mater.

With a strong non-conference start, the Horned Frogs (11-9, 4-7) have been able to remain above .500 on the season, but have struggled against the top-dog gauntlets of the Big 12, and have fallen in all five of their AP Top 25 matchups this season.

TCU is led by junior guard RJ Nembhard (16.8 PPG, 41.8% FG%), who has been a steady contributor for the Frogs during his last two seasons. Nembhard is a former four star recruit from right outside Fort Worth in Keller, Texas.

To complement Nembhard, the Frogs have also received consistent production from true freshman Mike Miles (14.5 PPG), who has given quality minutes for head coach Jamie Dixon’s squad in Miles’ first year on campus. 

Miles was a top guard coming out of the Dallas, Texas area last year and has had an immediate help on the depth situation with his immediate impact as an underclassman.

Horned Frog center Kevin Samuel has given steady minutes for Dixon as well. The native of Antigua and Barbuda averages 9.1 PPG on 61% shooting with 8.5 RPG.

The Horned Frogs’ two best performances this season both came against Oklahoma State, where they ground out two narrow victories over the Cowboys, including the game in Stillwater where the Frogs shot 54.5% from the field. 

The Mountaineers hold a commanding lead in the all-time series 14-3, despite falling in overtime last season in Fort Worth. With a blockbuster matchup against the Baylor Bears just days away, this is an important game for the Mountaineers not to look past. 

With the victory over Texas, West Virginia has climbed in the AP poll to #10, and now sits 2.5 games back of first place Baylor in the Big 12, in sole possession of fourth place.

Bob Huggins is seeking career win #897 in Fort Worth.

The game will tip-off at 7:00 from Schollmaier Arena, and will be televised on ESPN2.

Cover photo via TCU Athletics

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