MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–With just three games remaining, No. 12 West Virginia University is looking to close out the season on a high-note, starting with a win at TCU on Saturday afternoon.
Last time the two teams met in Morgantown, the Mountaineers (22-6, 10-5 Big 12) came away with an 82-70 victory.
In the win, Daxter Miles Jr. (8.9 points) had one of his best games of the season, dropping 22 points. Junior guard Jevon Carter (12.6 points, 4.7 rebounds) sank three crucial 3s late in the game to help seal the victory.
Carter has been red-hot of late. He is coming off back-to-back 24-point performances. Carter scored 19 points against Kansas State.
The Maywood, Illinois native ranks seventh in the nation in steals (78) and he leads the team in assists with 115.
“We ask him to do a lot and he does a lot,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “He and Nate (Adrian) are really the keys to the press and then we ask him to handle the ball, run offense and then we ask him to score. He’s been terrific.”
Another player performing well at just the right time is Elijah Macon (5.5 points). The junior forward is averaging 13.5 points and 7.0 boards in last two games.
Macon has been an asset both on defense and offense. He has even improved from the charity stripe, which was an area of concern last season.
Esa Ahmad (11.7 points, 4.1 rebounds) missed Monday’s game against Texas and the sophomore’s status is unknown for this weekend.
“We’ve had two days off and he’s been in to get treated and all of that,” Huggins said. “It depends on how he feels. If he’s not 100 percent ready to go it doesn’t do the team any justice. It really just depends on what the medical staff says and how he feels.”
Without Ahmad in the lineup, the Mountaineers will likely start a three guards but it should give Lamont West (6.4 points) more playing time.
The freshman scored a career-best 23 points, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc in WVU’s 77-62 win over the Longhorns.
The Horned Frogs (17-11, 6-9) are winless against the Mountaineers in 10 meetings.
While TCU is a much improved team this year, they have struggled recently, losing four straight and falling in 8 of its last 11 contests.
With the Horned Frogs RPI slipping to 53, TCU will be gunning for WVU. A win would benefit the Horned Frogs’ NCAA Tournament hopes.
Junior forward Vlad Brodziansky leads TCU in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game. He is shooting an impressive 57.7 percent from the floor and ranks second on the team with an average of 5.7 rebounds per game.
Alex Robinson (11.3 points) has led the Horned Frogs in assists 21 times this season and has had at least four assists in all but four games this season. Kenrich Williams (9.9 points, 9.2 rebounds) is second in the conference and 44th in the nation in rebounds.
Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. and is televised on ESPN.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS