Texas Christian at West Virginia
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 13, 2016
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
Every game in the Big 12 seems like a big game lately, and even a team at the bottom of the standings like TCU will have a chance to impact the final results. The Horned Frogs will try to pull off the upset and wreak some havoc at the top of the conference when they visit No. 10 West Virginia on Saturday.
The Mountaineers dropped into a three-way tie for first place with Oklahoma and Kansas after a loss at the Jayhawks on Tuesday. “We just didn’t have enough people,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins told reporters of a roster that was missing senior forward Jonathan Holton. “To play the way we play, we need more people. Our philosophy is our 10 is better than their 10. Now we’re down to about eight so we’ve got to get those other guys playing and doing some things.” The Mountaineers are known for their intensity on the defensive end but had some trouble stopping TCU the first time the teams met, when West Virginia surrendered a season-high point total in a 95-87 win. The Horned Frogs upset Texas earlier in the season and are coming off a 63-56 triumph over Oklahoma State.TV:
Noon, ET, ESPNUABOUT TCU (11-13, 2-9 Big 12):
The Horned Frogs got caught in the teeth of the Big 12 schedule with seven straight conference losses – five against ranked teams – before coming alive in the second half against the Cowboys on Monday. "We knew we had to win this game,” junior guard Brandon Parrish told reporters. “We knew we didn't want to give another one up, especially not at home. Being down six at the half, we knew if we had a strong second-half push that we were going to get back in it.” Parrish scored 13 of his 15 points after the break as TCU overcame a six-point deficit.ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (19-5, 8-3):
Holton was reinstated on Thursday from his indefinite suspension for violating team rules after four games and is expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday. Holton had started every game for the team before being suspended and averages 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field. He scored 15 points in the win at TCU on Jan. 4 while Jaysean Paige led the Mountaineers with 20 points in just 15 minutes off the bench.TIP-INS
1. Paige is averaging 14.2 points in 21.4 minutes and has scored in double figures in six straight games.
2. TCU is 8-0 when holding its opponent under 40 percent from the field.
3. The Mountaineers are 7-0 all-time against the Horned Frogs, including an 86-85 overtime win at home last season.PREDICTION:
West Virginia 72, TCU 58
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