The Frogs looked completely overwhelmed from the get-go on Saturday as they were steamrolled by No. 10 West Virginia, 73-42.
Before we get to everything that went horribly wrong, I do want to give a shoutout to Chauncey Collins, who had a heck of a game. He desperately tried to keep TCU in it, scoring 20 points in an effort that would be overshadowed by the poor showing from the rest of the team.
14 first-half turnovers for the Frogs meant that they never could get things going, and West Virginia's full-court press completely befuddled the Frogs for the majority of the game. Time and time again, TCU would simply resort to throwing the ball three-quarters of the way down the court, hoping that someone could get under it before a Mountaineer showed up.
Other times, this happened.
TCU basketball, in a nutshell. https://t.co/cU1RlhEPM1— Jamie Plunkett (@TheDSportsRant) February 13, 2016
West Virginia took a 41-22 lead into the second half and things didn't get much better for the Frogs after halftime. More turnovers, more missed shots, more disorganization. To their credit, they never stopped fighting. They never stopped working hard, but they also didn't seem to have much of a plan.
Yes, West Virginia is an incredibly good team. They're ranked No. 10 in the country, and currently projected to be a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament by SB Nation's bracketology expert Chris Dobbertean. Their press is a thing of legend. It reminds me of 40 minutes of hell we saw Arkansas run in the mid-90s under Nolan Richardson. But this game was as much about TCU's failures as it was West Virginia's successes.
After all, TCU had seen this press once already this season, and they scored 87 points.
That wasn't the case Saturday, as the Frogs came crashing back to reality with a disastrous loss. They shot just 15-of-45 from the floor, 3-of-8 from deep, and a bad-even-for-them 9-of-22 from the free throw line. They turned the ball over 26 times.
It was, simply put, a disaster.
Next up, the Frogs come home to host Kansas State on Tuesday.