WVU basketball: Mountaineers easily dispatch TCU

MORGANTOWN, WV - FEBRUARY 12: Alex Robinson /

The WVU basketball team did not lay down to an inferior opponent this time around. The Mountaineers stood tall and regained some momentum against TCU.

The Mountaineers welcomed Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs to the WVU Coliseum and kicked them back to Texas with a nice 82-66 victory. The win allowed the WVU basketball team to split the season series against TCU.

The Horned Frogs won by nine points in the first win and the Mountaineers seemed to have figured out some things since that game on Jan. 22. With the win, the WVU basketball team improved to 19-7 on the year.

To get to that 20th victory in the next game, West Virginia would have to beat Kansas on the road come Saturday. Though judging by Monday’s performance, the Mountaineers are certainly up to the task.

Four players reached double figures in scoring for the WVU basketball team as Teddy Allen led with 16 points. James Bolden added 14, while Daxter Miles scored 13 and Wesley Harris had 11. Jevon Carter and Sagaba Konate were knocking on the door with nine and eight points, respectively.

For TCU, which dropped to 17-9 on the year, Desmond Bane had 16 points. The Horned Frogs are ninth in the conference despite having a solid overall record. At one point, TCU was ranked in the top 10. That just goes to show how tough the Big 12 is and how each win in this conference is a big one.

The victory was fueled by a strong rebounding advantage as the Mountaineers pulled down 38 compared to 29 by the Horned Frogs. West Virginia scored 20 second-chance points. The biggest contributions came from the bench with 38 points going to the WVU reserves. That depth was key because TCU only had eight bench points.

The depth will be key for the WVU basketball team moving forward. With harder games ahead it will be imperative to have fresh legs ready to go at any time. If Allen is out of Bob Huggins’ doghouse, he will be a main contributor moving forward.

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That next game at Kansas will be nationally televised in primetime with ESPN’s College Gameday showing up to the Jayhawks’ home floor. This will be the second time this season the WVU basketball team has been showcased on the popular program.