“Call It Dreaming”, by Iron & Wine from album Beast Epic
Released August 25, 2017 via Sub-Pop Records
The TCU Horned Frogs played some spirited basketball on Monday night. In beating seventh ranked West Virginia 82-73 in front of a very enthusiastic crowd inside Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas–TCU is still going to be a player for a possible at-large bid.
West Virginia still had all five of their starters in double figures, but only shot 25 of 75 from the floor for the game (33 percent overall). Leading the way for the Mountaineers (16-4 overall, 5-3 in Big 12 play) were Jevon Carter with 16 points, while Sagaba Konate chipped in with 14 points.
For TCU, Alex Robinson led all scorers with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Kouat Noi had 13 points, including three 3-pointers before being ejected because of a flagrant foul with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. Vladimir Brodziansky had 14 points, and Kenrich Williams had 14 rebounds.
The turning point came just before the half. Desmond Bane almost became a one-man wrecking crew as he was a major factor in a 11-2 run to close the half. It could have been a lot worse for the Mountaineers, but ESPN replays showed that Bane’s 3 point shot was wiped off the board after officials determined the ball was still in his hands when the clock hit zero, negating the 35-foot shot and leaving TCU’s lead at two instead of five at 35-33.
However, a 12-1 run that started the second half officially broke the game wide open. Two threes and a heady layup helped balloon the Horned Frogs lead to 47-34 at the first media time out. The result was TCU’s first win over a Top 10 team since upsetting then Number 10 Kansas on February 6, 2013.
Both teams get some time to rejuvenate and relax their bodies a bit since their next games are this coming Saturday during the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Kentucky travels to West Virginia, while TCU will be at one of my favorite gyms to see a basketball game in Vanderbilt. The Commodores are the only SEC team currently with a losing record.
Other games of note on Monday…
Kansas State held off Baylor on the road 90-83, Prairie View kept Mississippi Valley State winless in 20 tries winning at home 93-77, and in the Big Ten–Ohio State remains perfect in conference play edging out Nebraska in Columbus 64-59 while Michigan State had no problem with the “Orange Crush” as Illinois went down in a big heap 87-74 as Miles Bridges poured in a game high 31 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Tuesday will feature Trae Young and Oklahoma hosting Kansas, 7 p.m. on ESPN. Young still leads the nation in scoring, averaging over 30 points per game. His assist average is down a bit at 9.7.
Another key game at the same time will be in the ACC with Clemson traveling east to take on second ranked Virginia. Among the games to watch at 9 p.m. including an interesting game on ESPNU, with Texas A&M traveling to Baton Rouge and taking on the LSU Tigers. Finally, CBSSN has the nightcap at 11 p.m. as Fresno State gets back to playing after their game at the Air Force Academy was cancelled due to the recent government shutdown. The Bulldogs host UNLV.
If any upsets occur on the 29 game slate, I will try my best to chime in.
Please have a good night.