West Virginia to visit TCU today for a Big 12 matchup

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia faces the unknown today when it ventures to Texas Christian for a Big 12 Conference matchup.

Will the Mountaineers see a Horned Frog team that lost 71-50 in Morgantown earlier this season, or a squad that stunned No. 5 Kansas 62-55 earlier this week?

“I’m sure they’re riding high and one of two things usually happens,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “You either have a letdown or it really energizes you.

“Hopefully it’s the first and not the latter.”

Huggins was impressed with the effort TCU gave against the Jayhawks, who struggled on the offensive end in the first half, scoring only 13 points.

“I’m kind of surprised they beat Kansas,” he said. “But you watch the game and they played really well. Kansas didn’t play as well as Kansas plays, but TCU played really well.”

The Mountaineers (11-11, 4-5 Big 12) enter the contest on a two-game win streak after holding off Texas 60-58 on Monday night. Senior forward Deniz Kilicli is coming off one of his better efforts of the season, scoring 14 points in the win over the Longhorns.

Junior center Aaric Murray leads West Virginia in scoring with 9.7 points per game, while sophomore guard Juwan Staten is averaging 9.6 points.

Freshman Eron Harris, who has been a regular in the starting lineup, had 11 points against Texas.

Sophomore guards Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne also have been in the starting five, along with junior forward Kevin Noreen and Kilicli.

Freshman Terry Henderson, sophomore forward Keaton Miles and senior forward Dom Rutledge also provide bench play.

TCU (10-12, 1-8) is led in scoring by guard Kyan Anderson (11.0) and forward Garlon Green (10.7). Green, who had 20 points in the win over the Jayhawks.

The Horned Frogs, who average just 58.4 points per game, are led in rebounding by Adrick McKinney, who pulls down 7.0 per contest.

Game time is slated for 4 p.m. and the action will be televised on the Big 12 Network (WVFK, Clarksburg).