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Game Preview: TCU (9-9) vs. West Virginia (8-9)

The TCU Horned Frogs take on the West Virginia Mountaineers Wednesday night, as the Frogs look to capture their first Big 12 Conference win this season.

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Time: 6:30 p.m. central


West Virginia is having similar success to TCU in their first season as a member of the Big 12. Both teams finished 7-6 in football, and both are having bad basketball seasons. Okay, our is worse, much worse, but still.

The Mountaineers are currently 1-3 in Big 12 play, with their lone win coming in overtime against an equally abysmal Texas team.

West Virginia is not a great shooting team, they shoot at a 39.1% clip, but what they do well is rebound. They're averaging over 38 rebounds per game, including 15 offensive boards per game. That's ridiculous, and it's that kind of rebounding that has killed the Frogs all year.

I expect this to be a low scoring game, because of the Frogs knack for defense and the Mountaineers poor shooting skills. However, as it always does, rebounding will be the key (I'm getting tired of sounding like a broken record).

Frankly, I think the Mountaineers have the better size inside, and as long as Adrick McKinney is the only one trying on the boards, this team isn't going anywhere. And even McKinney had an awful shooting night against Iowa State on Saturday.

It's frustrating to see sparks of great play from Kyan Anderson and Garlon Green just to watch them follow it up with boneheaded mistakes.

Not to mention, Devonta Abron has got to get his free throw shooting together. It's like hack-a-Shaq down there when he gets the ball.

Which leads me to the key to beating West Virginia: Get the ball inside and score around the rim.

You have to get good shots, good shots increase in likeliness the closer you get to the basket, thus, get to the rim. Also, REBOUND. The Frogs have been out rebounded in three of their five conference games this season, with the two closest games (Texas Tech and Baylor) being the exceptions.

Things aren't going to get much better from here folks, but if the Frogs have a chance to win a conference game, it's certainly this one.

Go Frogs.