On Tuesday night, the West Virginia men’s basketball team lost to No. 3 Baylor in overtime, giving the Bears the Big 12 regular-season title. West Virginia will look to bounce back when they welcome the TCU Horned Frogs to the WVU Coliseum on Thursday night.
Now, the Mountaineers (17-7, 8-3 Big 12) can focus on what awaits them next: TCU (12-11, 5-9 Big 12). This game was originally scheduled for Jan. 16 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
WVU coach Bob Huggins emphasized to his players following the loss on Tuesday that they need to make sure this one loss doesn’t start a streak.
“That’s what I talked about in the locker room. We can’t let one loss turn into three,” Huggins said after the Baylor game. “We can still finish second in the league but we gotta take care of our business. We’ve gotta concentrate on TCU and then after that, we’ve gotta concentrate on Oklahoma State, who’s playing extremely, extremely well.”
The Horned Frogs are a familiar opponent to the Mountaineers, as they just played them last Tuesday (Feb. 23) during their road trip in Texas. West Virginia was able to take care of business, 74-66.
Derek Culver led the Mountaineers in that game, recording a double-double. Culver—a junior forward—scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the win against TCU.
Culver was a player who struggled against Baylor on Tuesday, as he did not hit a field goal.
“They (Baylor) were extremely physical with him. There are not too many people that can move Derek. He just chased the ball too much,” Huggins said.
Culver will look to have a bounce-back game against the Horned Frogs.
Texas Christian is also coming off of a loss on Tuesday, losing to No. 18 Texas Tech, 69-49, in Lubbock, Texas. TCU’s leading scorer R.J. Nembhard finished with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Nembhard—who’s third in scoring in the Big 12—scored 17 points and dished out nine assists against West Virginia last week.
Jamie Dixon’s group will make the long trip from Lubbock, Texas, to Morgantown, West Virginia, to take on the No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers at the WVU Coliseum on Thursday. The game will start at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.