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How and what to watch for No. 13 West Virginia vs. TCU

WVU is rolling and TCU is limping to the finish line of this Big 12 season.

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West Virginia Mountaineers guard Sean McNeil shoots a three pointer over Oklahoma Sooners guard Elijah Harkless during the second half at WVU Coliseum. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers (15-6, 8-4 Big 12) are traveling down to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Tuesday for their first meeting of the season.

The Horned Frogs (11-9, 4-7 Big 12) have had a Big 12 season that they probably want to forget. They’re coming off a loss to Kansas State, one of the worst teams in major conference college basketball this season. TCU is scoring about 68 points per game and conceding over 70 on average. The little scoring they do get comes from RJ Nembhard and Mike Miles, who are averaging 17 and 15 points per game respectively. Outside of those two, it’s pretty bleak on the scoring front, with only one other player scoring at a clip higher than seven points per game.

It’s quite a different story for West Virginia (15-6, 8-4 Big 12), who has beaten three top-25 teams in their last four games. The one loss in that time came to No. 12 Oklahoma in double overtime. The Mountaineers have won seven of their last 10 games overall. On offense they’re scoring close to 80 points per game, led by Miles McBride and Derek Culver, who are both hitting 15 or more points per game. Culver is also grabbing more than 10 boards per game and McBride leads the time in assists and steals. WVU is ranked as the 67th best defense in the country by KenPom, but make up for that by having the 6th most efficient offensive unit in Division I.

KenPom is giving WVU a 79% chance to come away with a victory in this game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch West Virginia vs. TCU on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: West Virginia -7.5
Point Total: 146.5
Money line: West Virginia vs. TCU

  • WVU has been a safe bet with the point total, the over has hit in all of their last seven games
  • The Mountaineers have also gone 5-0 straight up in their last five road games
  • TCU hasn’t been able to cover, going 4-8 ATS in their last 12.
  • The total has gone over nine of the last 13 times these teams have faced off, though this is the first meeting between them this season.

The Best Bet

The Mountaineers are in excellent form and have beaten three ranked teams in their last five games. Oklahoma only topped West Virginia by a point in its only loss this month. TCU’s double-digit losses to Texas and Oklahoma were on the road, but the Horned Frogs are just 6-5 at home and shouldn’t gain much of an advantage at their home court.

Pick: West Virginia -7.5

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