TCU Basketball vs West Virginia: Preview

Things are bad at getting worse for the Horned Frogs, who have won just twice in their last nine games, a stretch that includes bad losses to Texas (twice) and Oklahoma State. The Frogs have endured some bad blowouts too, including by 32 at WVU back in January and by 14 earlier this week in Austin.

Things have gone from bad to worse, and with just five games left in the regular season, TCU is In danger of completely falling off the map and out of any postseason picture. Now they face WVU, a good but inconsistent team that is full of talented but young players. The Eers are just 7-6 in conference play but have remained ranked in the top 25, checking in at no. 17 in the latest poll. A win could right the ship as the Desmond Bane era comes to a close; a loss would make it hard to find another win on the schedule.

FEB. 22 | SCHOLLMAIER ARENA (6,800) | FORT WORTH, TEXAS | 1 PM

GAME INFORMATION

Broadcast: ESPNU

Play-By-Play: Clay Matvick

Analyst: Bryndon Manzer

Online: WatchESPN.com // ESPN App

Radio: KLIF 570 AM // KTCU 88.7 FM XM 385 – (975 online)

Play-By-Play: Brian Estridge

Analyst: John Denton

Online: HFTV // TuneIn

Series: WVU leads 14-2

In Fort Worth: WVU leads 5-2

In Morgantown: WVU leads 7-0

Neutral: WVU leads 1-0

First Meeting: WVU won 71-50 (1/23/13) in Morgantown

Last Meeting: WVU won 81-49 (1/14/20) in Morgantown

Winning Streak: WVU, 2

Dixon vs. WVU: 14-12 (2-5 at TCU)

NOTES

  • TCU (14-12, 5-8) will play its sixth game against a ranked opponent when it hosts No. 17 West Virginia (19-7, 7-6) Saturday at 1 p.m.
  • The Frogs are 12-4 at home this season. TCU has won 15 of its last 22 Big 12 home games and is 4-2 this season after going 5-4 last season. TCU is 19-14 in Big 12 home games overall under Jamie Dixon.
  • Jamie Dixon has 410 career wins, the sixth most of any head coach through 17 seasons.
  • TCU leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (8.4) and ranks second in blocks (5.0). The Frogs rank 23rd nationally in blocks per game.
  • TCU’s three returning players from last season are senior Desmond Bane and sophomores RJ Nembhard and Kevin Samuel.
  • Bane, who earned multiple preseason honors, including one of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring (15.9) and leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (41.9) and first in 3-point field goals made (2.7). He’s made a 3-pointer in 16 straight games.
  • Samuel is shooting 64.5 percent from the field and is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the Big 12, and 2.7 blocks per game, which leads the Big 12 and ranks 12th in the nation. Samuel’s 11 double-doubles ranks first in the Big 12. He’s had at least five blocks in a game seven times this season.
  • Bane is top five all-time at TCU in career points (5th), field goals (5th) and 3-pointers (4th). At 1,667 career points, Bane is chasing Dick O’Neal for fourth at 1,723 points.
  • At 148 career blocked shots, Samuel is fifth on TCU’s all-time list. Kurt Thomas is next at 166 blocks.
  • Edric Dennis is nine points away from 1,000 DI career points. Dennis was at Jackson State as a sophomore and UTA as a junior.

LAST TIME OUT

A cold-shooting second half hurt the TCU men’s basketball team in a 70-56 loss at Texas Wednesday at Frank Erwin Center. The Frogs shot 24.1 percent in the second half and went 0-of-10 from 3-point range. Desmond Bane finished with a team-high 13 points, all in the first half, and grabbed nine rebounds. Kevin Samuel had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

West Virginia is 19-7 overall and 7-6 in the Big 12 following a 65-47 win over Oklahoma State Tuesday. The Mountaineers are led in scoring and rebounding by freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe’s 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds. One of the best defensive teams in the country, WVU ranks second nationally in 3-point defense (27.7%), fifth in rebounding margin (+8.7), sixth in rebounding average (41.0) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (37.8%).

SERIES HISTORY

West Virginia leads the all-time series 14-2. TCU’s two wins in the series have come in the last two meetings in Fort Worth. The first was an 82-73 win over the No. 7-ranked Mountaineers on Jan. 22, 2018 and the last was 98-67 on Jan. 15, 2019. The first meeting of the season went to WVU, 81-49, on Jan. 14.

UP NEXT

TCU plays at Iowa State (11-15, 4-9) Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

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Melissa B. Triebwasser

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