Morgantown, WV – One word that seems to come to mind after the devastating loss to the Texas Longhorns is inconsistency; from a performance against Oklahoma with forcing a season-high 22 turnovers and scoring 55 points coming from the bench, to a performance with 24% shooting and 10 fouls in the first 10 minutes. This WVU team knows the importance of keeping their heads up to turn around and win their next game.
The Mountaineers will be facing the TCU Horned Frogs (14-4) for the second time this season, this time at the WVU Coliseum. This 2 p.m. game will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.
TCU is also coming off of a loss to the Longhorns where they trailed the entire game.
The first time these two teams met (on January 3rd), WVU traveled to Fort Worth and came away with the 78-67 win. Senior point guard Juwan Staten missed out on this match-up with an illness, but four year teammate senior Gary Browne filled his shoes by leading the team and scoring a season-high 16 points in the final 11 minutes.
At this point in the season, WVU leads the BIG 12 in steals with 12.7 and offensive rebounding with 17.8, while TCU leads in scoring margin with 14.7 just ahead of the Mountaineers.
WVU keys to win: Accomplish what they’re known to be good at- scoring and press defense. The team will need to shoot a higher percentage from the floor, and it would help to see more points from Staten.
Who will step-up for the Mountaineers to make an impact?
TCU keys to win: They can not let WVU’s full court press affect them. High scoring can also be good for this team: Parrish, Ziegler, and Anderson all scored in double digits in their last match-up. This will force WVU to make their shots.
(Stats courtesy of espn.com)
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