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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. TCU Horned Frogs Preview: Season 108 Episode 29 - The One After the Scare

After a scary Monday night in Morgantown, WVU heads to the Metroplex to take on TCU.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Can Kansas just lose?

I was watching the TCU-Kansas game and I was just annoyed at the fact that despite how competitive the Big 12 is year after year, the Jayhawks still manage to coast to a conference title.

WE NEED A LITTLE MORE PARITY IN THE BIG 12!!

I’m beginning to feel like we’re in Gonzaga’s conference.

That’s all the thoughts I have.

Please read Matt Kirchner’s article about Bob Huggins, it’s AMAZING!!

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, February 25th

Tip-Off Time: 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT

Where: Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, TX (capacity: 8,500)

NCAA Basketball: Illinois State at Texas Christian Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

Tickets: General Public SOLD OUT

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN

Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the ESPN app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn Radio app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 81

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 4.5

O/U: 146.5

BIG 12 BRACKETOLOGY

SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
2 BYE Kansas State/Oklahoma Baylor/TCU Kansas/Iowa St./OK State/TX Tech/Texas

NCAA BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 23) 4 Vermont Virginia/UT Arlington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
CBS (Feb. 23) 5 UNC Wilmington Cincinnati/Monmouth Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
NBC (Feb. 23) 4 Vermont Cincinnati/Monmouth Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
SB Nation (Feb. 24) 4 Princeton Virginia/Valparaiso Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
Sports Illustrated (Feb. 20) 3 UT Arlington Northwestern/Arkansas Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Fort Worth, Texas

Series History: WVU leads the series 10-0

Last Time: No. 7 West Virginia 82, TCU 70 on January 7 in Morgantown

SB Nation Blog: Frogs O’ War

Record: 17-11 (6-9 Big 12)

Bracketology:

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 23) 11 Seton Hall then Notre Dame Kentucky/Akron Indianapolis (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
CBS (Feb. 23) 11 Syracuse then Maryland Kentucky/Akron Indianapolis (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
NBC (Feb. 23) 1 (NIT) N/A N/A TCU (1st/2nd/Quarterfinals) New York (Semifinals/Finals)
SB Nation (Feb. 24) 1 (NIT) N/A N/A TCU (1st/2nd/Quarterfinals) New York (Semifinals/Finals)
Sports Illustrated (Feb. 20) 12 Cal then Cincinnati Butler/Princeton Indianapolis (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)

Head Coach: Jamie Dixon (suits, white sneakers and JAZZ HANDS!!)

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Texas Christian Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • TCU playmakers: Vladimir Brodziansky has cooled off lately, but he was still dangerous against WVU back in January. Also keep an eye on JD Miller who has heated up lately for the Frogs.
  • Playing a full 40 minutes. The Mountaineers didn’t quite play a full game on Monday, but I’m just going to chalk that up to being a bit distracted after Huggins’ scare.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

Six. I’m as afraid of TCU as I am of Bender (not Maciej Bender).

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

As improved as TCU has been this season, I don’t see them beating WVU. It will probably be closer than you want it to be though. Hopefully they won’t be looking ahead to Baylor...

West Virginia 74, TCU 67