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Five Things to Know Before WVU vs. TCU

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As West Virginia and TCU look to play each other for the first time this season, let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

COVID Make Up Game

The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs were originally supposed to play on Jan. 3 in Fort Worth, but due to TCU not being able to control their COVID numbers, the program was sent into protocol. A couple of weeks later, the Big 12 Conference announced that the game would be made up on Feb. 21.

Fortunately for WVU, at the time Taz Sherman, Gabe Osabuohien and Kobe Johnson were in protocol as well, meaning that the team would’ve had to play short-handed against TCU. Now, the Mountaineers are fully healthy and ready to go for Monday night.

WVU Still Looking For First Big 12 Road Win

West Virginia has one road win all year, defeating UAB back in December, in Birmingham. To throw salt in the wound, that game wasn’t on UAB’s campus and the Blazer fans were busy watching their football bowl game against BYU. The Mountaineers ended up rallying at the end, stealing the game 65-59.

As of Monday, West Virginia is still looking for their first road win in the Big 12, starting 0-6 on the road. Can WVU finally get that monkey off their back?

Mountaineers on Life Alert

TCU is no easy game anymore. The Horned Frogs are having an improved season under head coach Jamie Dixon, starting the season 16-8. TCU is led by sophomore guard Mike Miles, who averages 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. This is not the time for West Virginia to try and steal a win and the road against a potential NCAA Tournament team.

West Virginia sits at 14-12 and in last place in the Big 12. Oddly enough, the Mountaineers have went 1-10 in their last 11 games and still have a small chance at stealing an NCAA Tournament bid. The magic number for West Virginia to be brought back into tournament talks is 18 wins. Four more to go int he next six guaranteed games for WVU. It starts on Monday night against TCU.

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia and TCU game is -4 TCU. The WVU money line is +155.

The over/under is 133.5.

How to Watch and Listen

You can watch West Virginia take on TCU on Monday, at 8 p.m., on ESPN+. The Big 12 matchup will take place inside the Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, TX.

Mountaineer Sports Network will broadcast the game on the radio, with Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs once again calling WVU games for the entirety of this season.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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