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How and what to watch for TCU vs. No. 6 West Virginia

West Virginia played in one of the most exciting games of the season earlier this week, and the Mountaineers will take on TCU, which is struggling to get to the finish line.

West Virginia Mountaineers forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. dunks the ball during the second half against the Baylor Bears at WVU Coliseum. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to regroup against the TCU Horned Frogs at home Thursday night following an overtime loss in a high-level college basketball game against the Baylor Bears earlier this week.

West Virginia (17-7, 10-5 Big 12) comes in at third place in the conference with just two more games to go before the Big 12 Tournament gets started. The Mountaineers are coming off a 94-89 loss to Baylor Tuesday night, and three West Virginia players scored at least 18 points including Jared Butler, who led the way with 25. The Mountaineers had won three in a row prior to the loss, and they are led by offense, which ranks No. 11 in adjusted efficiency this season.

TCU (12-11, 5-9 Big 12) has two more games left on their regular season schedule and lost four of their last five games heading into Thursday night. The Horned Frogs lost by 20 points at Texas Tech on Tuesday night, scoring just 49 points. RJ Nembhard leads the team with 16.6 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds and four assists. TCU is ranked outside the top 100 in KenPom as well as adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch TCU vs. West Virginia on Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: West Virginia -13
Point Total: 144
Moneyline: West Virginia (-1115), TCU (+700)

  • TCU is 1-4 straight up in their last five games and 1-5 against the spread in their last six.
  • The total went under in four of TCU’s last five games, while the over cashed in eight of West Virginia’s last 10.
  • West Virginia is 6-2 straight up in their last eight games and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven.

The Best Bet

Tuesday night’s Baylor vs. West Virginia game was one of the most exciting games this college basketball season, but we will see nowhere close to that many points on Thursday night. West Virginia should have no troubles scoring, but TCU really struggles on the offensive end and scored less than 50 points three times this season. In addition, the Horned Frogs play at a slow pace, coming in at No. 270 in the country in possessions per game. Given all that, let’s go with the under.

Pick: Under 144

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