Another bad loss to Texas, this one on the road, was a poor start for the Horned Frogs, who return to Schollmaier Arena Saturday looking to upend #17 West Virginia. Wednesday night in Austin, TCU got off to a strong start and led by two at the halftime break, but were doomed by a second stanza that saw them shoot just 24% from the field and go 0-10 from three.
It’s a familiar refrain for Frog fans this season, and the inconsistency on offense away from the friendly confines of their home floor has doomed TCU time and time again. The recipe to break free from bad road habits arrives this weekend in the form of a home game — unfortunately it’s against an opponent who obliterated them the last time the two teams squared off.
Now ranked #17, the Mountaineers shook off a cold start to the season and have gone a respectful 7-6 in Big 12 play — but have struggled as much on the road as TCU has, going just 1-5 away from Morgantown. The Eers had lost three games in a row before beating Oklahoma State 65-47 in Morgantown Tuesday night.
Now two programs trending in very different directions meet at a precipice that could decide their season; TCU is very much on the NIT Bubble at this point, while West Virginia is hoping to do enough to stay in the rankings and in the field of 64. You can watch all of the action live and in person at Schollmaier Arena by purchasing your tickets HERE, where StubHub has plenty of excellent seats available at great prices. Tip off is set for 1:00 PM, and this is one of just three home contests remaining this season.
Don’t forget about the TCU Women, who had an incredible come-from-behind victory Wednesday night in the Little Apple, erasing a 12 point second half deficit on their way to a 54-52 win over Kansas State, earning them a series sweep. Lauren Heard was a star, dropping 25 points and hauling in five rebounds, while also blocking three shots. She was one of just two Frogs in double figures (Kianna Ray had 11), as the teams traded blows in another physical, defensive battle. The Frogs managed to win despite shooting just 2-14 from long range and getting blocked eight times — nine steals certainly helped their cause.
Pebley’s squad is home this weekend as well, hosting Oklahoma State Sunday at 2:00 PM.