Written By: Kelsie VanderWijst BlueGoldSports staff writer
Morgantown, W.Va. – On Saturday, the West Virginia University basketball team opened their Big 12 Conference play against the TCU Horned Frogs. Without their senior point guard Juwan Staten, the Mountaineers pulled out a 78-67 victory. Now the team is focused on their match-up tonight against (10-4) Texas Tech (Tip is 7PM EST, ESPNU). The Red Raiders are coming off of a 70-61 loss to Texas.
When these two teams met last season (2013-2014) the Mountaineers came out on top by narrow margins: 89-86 in OT in Lubbock, Texas and 87-81 in Morgantown, WV. The biggest question for WVU is if Juwan Staten will be well enough to return tonight after being forced to set out with flu-like symptoms against TCU.
Players to watch:
WVU~ Gary Browne lead the Mountaineers to victory in the second half after quickly picking up three quick fouls against TCU. Look for Browne to continue with this momentum after his 16 point performance Sunday night. Browne is only averaging 5.8 ppg this season but has shown he can step up and play the leading role.
Texas Tech~ The Red Raiders will be looking to Devaugntah Williams, their leading scorer. If this game goes as in the past, it will be a high scoring affair. Williams will be looking to put his last game against Texas behind him. The junior guard is the only Red Raider player to average double digits in scoring this season.
Even though the Mountaineers got past TCU without Staten, the team probably would not have had their previous overtime win without Staten’s 25 points last season.
The Mountaineers are looking to head into their first home Big 12 game against Iowa State Cyclones at 14-1 which would be the best start for any Mountaineer basketball teams in 33 years.
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