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WVU begins key road trip today

Games against TCU and Texas pivotal in terms of seeding for Big 12 Conference tourney

MORGANTOWN — With the Big 12 Conference tourney looming, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins knows his team’s next two games are important in terms of postseason seeding.

The 17th-ranked Mountaineers, who snapped a three-game skid with a home win over Oklahoma State on Tuesday, visit TCU at 2 p.m. today and will remain on the road against Texas on Monday.

“You can’t lose three games in a row in any league and not think that you don’t have some making up to do,” Huggins said. “Getting a bye in a tournament is important.”

Currently, WVU (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) is fourth in the league, just ahead of Oklahoma, which is 6-7. TCU and Texas follow with 5-8 marks, making this road trip important for the Mountaineers as the top six teams avoid playing a Wednesday night game in the Big 12 tourney.

“Four games in four days is tough,” Huggins said of the tourney.

Huggins had a new-look with his starting five in Tuesday’s 65-47 win over the Cowboys as Taz Sherman and Miles McBride replaced Jordan McCabe and Derek Culver, who came off the bench to collect 10 rebounds.

The duo joined regular game-starters Oscar Tshiebwe, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Jermaine Haley.

McBride had 11 points in his first start, while Sean McNeil also had 11 off the bench and Tshiebwe pulled down 15 boards.

Seniors Desmond Bane, Jaire Grayer and Edric Dennis Jr. lead the Horned Frogs, who enter the game 14-12 and 5-8 Big 12 and are coming off a 70-56 setback at Texas on Wednesday.

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