WVU, TCU square off today

FORT WORTH, Texas -West Virginia University’s basketball team has three opportunities today when the Mountaineers meet Texas Christian University at 4 p.m. at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Coach Bob Huggins’ team can go over the .500 mark for the season, square its Big 12 Conference record at 5-5 and equal its biggest winning streak of the year as a victory would mark the third time this season WVU has won three in a row.

Although TCU is in last place in the Big 12 Conference, it is coming off one of the biggest wins in its basketball history. On Wednesday night, the Horned Frogs stunned No. 5 Kansas, 62-55. It was TCU’s first and only Big 12 win of the season and ended an eight-game losing streak. When the game ended, TCU students stormed the court, and why not? Up until that monumental upset, the Frogs’ biggest win was a two-point victory over Rice.

So both teams enter today’s game with some much-needed momentum as West Virginia is coming off back-to-back league wins at Texas Tech last Saturday and a Monday night triumph over Texas at the Coliseum that allowed the Mountaineers to sweep the regular season series with the Longhorns.

WVU now has a chance to do the same to TCU. When the teams met on Jan. 23 in Morgantown, West Virginia cruised to a 71-50 win behind 19 points from Eron Harris, his career high. Deniz Kilicli added 11 points and eight rebounds for WVU.

West Virginia, still searching for the right combination of players, doesn’t possess a single double-digit scorer. Rather, seven Mountaineers average between 7.1 and 9.7 points per game, led by Aaric Murray.

TCU is led by sophomore guard Kyan Anderson, who scores 11 points per contest, and fellow backcourt mate Garlan Green, who averages 10.7 points per game.

Today’s game is one of nine remaining for the Mountaineers, all in the Big 12 Conference. Five are on the road, with four games remaining at the Coliseum in Morgantown, including the season finale against Iowa State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.