Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m. ET
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Fran Franschilla, and Holly Rowe)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected TCU Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers (16-3, 5-2) snapped their two-game losing skid on Saturday with a blowout over Texas. During WVU’s win senior Jevon Carter (16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds) scored 22 points and was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Beetle Bolden came off the bench and chipped in 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range. Daxter Miles Jr. (13.1 points) added 15 and Sagaba Konate had 10. Konate is ninth in the country in blocks. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Longhorns 45-29. Sophomore Logan Routt helped contain Mohamed Bamba and grabbed five boards. TCU (14-5, 2-5) has dropped 4-of-5 games and will be without guard Jaylen Fisher, who suffered a knee injury. The Horned Frogs dropped Saturday’s contest to Kansas State 73-68. All five of their Big 12 losses have been close, hard fought ones. Without Fischer TCU has tried to turn up its defense and even trying to do more of a full-court pressure. Senior Vlad Brodziansky scored 15 points. He is averaging 15.4 points and 4.6 rebounds on the season. Fellow senior Kenrich Williams (14.7 points, 9.4 rebounds) is one of the team’s most experienced players. Desmond Bane (11.5 points), JD Miller (10.7 points) and Alex Robinson (7.8 points) round out the starting rotation. TCU is 10-2 at home this season and the Horned Frogs always give WVU trouble. However, the Mountaineers took both games last season. TCU averages 87.5 points while WVU average 81.5 points. Shooting woes have plagued the Mountaineers several times this season, especially in its three losses. But WVU shot 65.5 percent in the second half against Texas.
West Virginia 82 , TCU 79
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS