You are looking live at a wall inside the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, where WVU and TCU tangle at 4 p.m. Could be fun! TCU plays some 2-3 zone. I see you working, Horned Frogs.
You might have suspected this already if you didn’t hear it last night, but …
Jonathan Holton did not travel to Fort Worth with WVU tonight and there are no changes to the roster. So no news there despite some buzz.
— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) January 4, 2014
I’ll get into that a little bit more later in the blog. Your big news right now is that Eron Harris is working through the flu and probably won’t start today.
Oh, speaking of blog, what rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs?
Two things I’m following here today:
1) How does WVU deal with TCU’s size?
WVU hasn’t seen a lot of size and hasn’t dealt well with the size it’s seen (The Moving Screen for Gonzaga, Frank Kaminsky for Wisconsin, even B.J. Hammons for Purdue). I thought Noreen did a pretty good job keeping William & Mary’s players away from the basket, which helped swing that game, even if it was a game that didn’t quite necessitate a swing. Devin Williams and Brandon Watkins are going to have to have big games inside dealing with TCU’s Karviar Shepherd, Amric Fields and Brandon Parrish.
I asked Bob Huggins about this the other day and wondered where his team was in relation to being able to guard big players. He responded that thought tall, the TCU task wasn’t too much because Shepherd and Parrish are freshmen — and I should mention that because of injuries Fields has played eight games these past two seasons.
It takes time to learn to play big both as a player and as a team. That’s not a bad point by Huggins, except that Williams and Watkins are also freshmen.
2) This is Terry Henderson’s kind of game.
I think your obvious X Factor today is Terry Henderson. He had no rebounds against Purdue — and he’s had a zero-point game already this year, too … weird season. With that Purdue game as the impetus, he went inside quite a bit against W&M and had his best game of the season with 19 points (just one 3-pointer) and four rebounds (two were on offense, and he posted up some).
He’d be the guy to start for Harris, if that does indeed happen, and absorb whatever minutes are drained from Harris’ reserve, but he has to help rebound and he has to get close with drives and where he catches the ball because TCU’s guards are kind of small and Henderson is not.
This is something Henderson and Huggins have been talking about, and you saw some of it against W&M. Today is a day when it has to become a thing, right? But if he needs to shoot, well, he he was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and had 17 points here last year and said Thursday he was looking forward to getting back on this court.
He hasn’t forgotten his spots, either.