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The previous two meetings between TCU and West Virginia were a combined eight point finishes

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Who: #7 TCU Horned Frogs (19-13, 8-10) vs. #2 West Virginia Mountaineers (27-3, 16-2)
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma City, Okla. - Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1 - 96.7 FM/820 AM/8.7 FM

After pulling off an impressive second half win over conference winless Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Horned Frogs get a legitimate challenge in taking on the Co-Conference Champions, the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second round of the Big 12 Championships.

For the Horned Frogs, they're still on the outside looking in on the NCAA Tournament, but a win over #7 West Virginia could turn the tournament committee's heads just enough to start making some waves.

That has to start in slowing the game down. West Virginia's Zahna Medley talked about after the Texas Tech win that the Horned Frogs just need to fight, and find a way to slow the game down and play at their pace.

"The two games we've had have been down to the last four minutes both times," said TCU coach Jeff Mittie. "We're not sneaking up on them. We'll have to put together as good a game plan as we can."

Mountaineer Coach Mike Carey, who was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, guided the Mountaineers to a 16-2 Big 12 record for a share of the regular-season conference title. WVU enters Saturday’s game on a 10-game win streak and a 27-3 overall record.

Medley and Nicole Ventress both chipped in 18 points in the win over Texas Tech. They'll need that offensive aggressiveness because the Mountaineer defense is stingy. They're the best in the conference defensively in conference play. TCU is the second best. So, don't expect a high scoring game for this one.

Asya Bussie dominates the glass and Bria Holmes can hurt you from the perimeter. This team can be really explosive on offense, and just downright stingy on defense, as said above. TCU will have to have another solid game if they're going to find a way to upset the Mountaineers.

A quick start could help TCU beat West Virginia. If you come out, and you allow the Mountaineers to get an early double-digit lead, we might see a blow out. However, if the Horned Frogs come out, play tough, they might find themselves in a fight.

One thing that does not bode well for the Horned Frogs is the fact that they've never beaten West Virginia. In six attempts, the Horned Frogs are 0-for-6 in those opportunities. They're also 0-2 versus the Mountaineers on neutral site games.

There's always a time for a first time

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