They're a team that can't score, ranking as one of the worst in the country in both field goal percentage and points scored per game. They struggle to pass the pall on offense and their top scorer barely reaches double figures each night. They've kept games close and a couple of their losses have come in the final seconds. Their season is at an impasse.
The Horned Frogs aren't quite as cheery now that they've entered basketball season.
Does this sound familiar, West Virginia fans?
It should, but I'm not talking about your favorite Mountaineers. I'm describing their Wednesday night opponent, TCU.
The Horned Frogs rank 344th in points per game, 324th in assists per game and 232nd in the country in field goal percentage. Those numbers are eerily reminiscent of WVU's stats.
Heck, even the coaches sound the same.
"As long as I've been doing this, any team I've (coached) is going to play hard and is going to compete," said Trent Johnson, head coach at TCU, doing his best Bob Huggins impersonation. "We're going to do our best within our talent to make you earn your keep. We're gonna rebound it, defend it and we're gonna take care of it."
As the two teams prepare to square off tomorrow night at the WVU Coliseum, though, Johnson remains focused on how his team needs to improve, not on who they are facing.
"Our big thing is, we just got to keep heading in the right direction and trying to compete at a high level," he said.
One thing is clear, though. The Horned Frogs are facing many of the same issues as West Virginia, and their head coach seems equally as perplexed with his team's performance, or lack thereof.
"Somewhere along the line, we got to start making shots at some crucial times," he said. "And not having so many mental breakdowns."
Tip is set for 7:30PM ET Wednesday night and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN apps.
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