|Points Per Game||84.9||80.8|
|Field Goal %||50.0||42.8|
|Rebounds Per Game||37.2||39.0|
|Assists Per Game||19.6||15.4|
|Blocks Per Game||3.5||5.0|
|Steals Per Game||6.8||8.7|
Tip-Off: 9:00 pm est
Location: Morgantown, WV. WVU Coliseum
The West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7 7-5) are looking for revenge against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs (17-8 5-7) in another Big Monday prime time game.
The Mountaineers played one of their worst games of the year the last time these two met and as a result, TCU got their first win against West Virginia.
West Virginia was outplayed in the first meeting. They were outrebounded (46-40), shot 33.3% (25-75) from the field and looked to have no interest in playing defense. This was during that stretch where they lost five out of six and was playing with no energy on either side of the court.
West Virginia looks to have turned things around in the last few games, despite the questionable loss to Oklahoma State at home on Saturday.
Senior forward Vladimir Brodziansky (6’11” 230-lbs) didn’t have one of his best shooting performances going 3-12 from the field but ended up with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting. Eight of his 14 points came from the free throw line (8-9). He ended the game with a season high five blocks, because of how soft West Virginia was playing in the paint. Vladimir is their go to player on offense. He is crafty in the paint and can step outside to hit the three.
Senior guard Kenrich Williams (6’7” 210-lbs) had a game high 14 rebounds in the first game against the Mountaineers. He also had nine points and six assists. Williams is their most versatile player. He is nearly averaging a double-double on the season with 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard Desmond Bane (6’5” 215-lbs) went 5-9 from the field and 2-3 from three for 15 points in the first matchup. He is shooting 50% (48-96) from three-point range on the season.
Junior forward JD Miller (6’8” 235-lbs) only had three points in 23 minutes against West Virginia. He hasn’t played well inside the Big XII, only scoring in the double figures twice, but when he does, TCU wins.
Junior guard Alex Robinson (6’1” 175-lbs) made swiss cheese of the Mountaineer defense. He had a game high 17 points and 9 assists. Alex is one of the best guards in finding the open guy on offense averaging 7.2 assist per game in Big XII play.
Coming off the bench:
Freshman forward Kouat Noi (6’7” 210-lbs) was tossed out of the game for shoving Lamont West to the floor. Until that point he was efficient, going 3-5 from behind the arc for 13 points in 15 minutes. He has averaged 13 points and 5.3 rebounds in the last five games.
Junior guard Shawn Olden (6’3” 180-lbs) put up nine points on 3-4 shooting from three against the Mountaineers. He is only averaging 2.1 points a game.
Senior Forward Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed (6’9”235-lbs) played seven minutes in the first meeting and scored two points.
West Virginia must play great off the ball defense. TCU leads the league in assists per game (20.0) and second in scoring offense (83.0) in Big XII play.
The Mountaineers are going to have to play great defense against one of the most efficient offenses in the country. They will need to stay disciplined along the perimeter. The Horned Frogs lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage (42.3%) in Big XII games.
Three Horned Frogs shoot over 40% from behind the arc. Desmond Bane is the biggest threat at 50%, along with Kouat Noi (47.4%) and Kenrich Williams (40,9%). The Mountaineers can’t afford to let the guys lose on the defensive end and they must play great off the ball defense.
West Virginia needs to continue to play aggressive on offense. In the first meeting, the Mountaineers settled for jump shots and didn’t become aggressive on offense till the end of the game, by then it was too late.
Wesley Harris (10), Lamont West (11) Daxter Miles Jr (12) Sagaba Konate (14), and Jevon Carter (16) were all in double figures in the first match-up. They shouldn’t have a problem on offense if they attack the rim and move the ball.
This is a different Mountaineer team then the last time these two met. Its another tough challenge, but I suspect West Virginia will be ready to play and get their revenge.