Head coach Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers head on the road to Fort Worth, Texas this Saturday to take on the Horned Frogs of TCU.
This will be both teams first big 12 conference game of the season and the two will battle it out for only the third time in the programs history.
The Horned Frogs (9-3 overall) recently ended their non-conference play Sunday with a 12-point win over Texas Southern. Kyan Anderson had 21 points for TCU and the Horned Frogs took control with a 17-2 run sparked by a Brandon Parish 3 pointer late in the first half.
TCU is led by head coach Trent Johnson, who is starting his second year in Fort Worth and is a veteran program builder after working with previous college teams Stanford and Nevada. Johnson is 6-8 in all time conference openers.
The Tigers of Texas Southern kept fighting and brought the lead to just three points in the second half. A 10-4 closing spurt by TCU secured the victory.
Amric Fields contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win, after missing all but three games last season with an ACL injury. Fields continues to deliver with double digit scoring but still says he's struggling.
In their only meeting in Fort Worth last February the Mountaineers escaped with a 63-50 win and hope to have the same success Saturday.
WVU (8-5 overall) comes into the conference showdown on a hot streak winning two of their last three games, beating the William and Mary Tribe 82-45 in their last outing.
Terry Henderson was the leading scorer for the Mountaineers with a season high 19 points, which helped WVU break out to a big lead early. WVU shot 49 percent from the floor (30 of 61) in their final non-conference game.
Eron Harris leads scoring on the season averaging 18.3 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor. Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, freshman Nathan Adrian, scored 16 points in the William and Mary win and the Mountaineer team hit eight shots from behind the arc.
The Horned Frogs, despite their name, are not to be taken lightly. "They create offense off of their defense," says Bob Huggins. "And they have two big men who can score, which they didn't have last year."
Junior point guard Juwan Staten uses scouting to prepare for big 12-conference play. "Controlling Kyan Anderson is the key to stopping TCU. He is a good guard and sets up their tempo and we need to limit his touches," says Staten. "We need to go out and play at a 100% for a full 40 minutes."
West Virginia will hope to keep the win streak alive this Saturday as tip off is set for 3:00PM CT at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and will be broadcasted live on the Big 12 Network.