TCU men’s basketball last won a conference game on March 9, 2013.
That will stay the same for now.
TCU fell to 13-1 with a 78-67 loss to No. 17 West Virginia and will no longer stand as one of the final four undefeated teams in college basketball.
The Frogs shot 42 percent from the field on 28 of 66 shooting and only managed to hit three out of 11 three-point attempts.
TCU head coach Trent Johnson said the game was decided by the physicality of the Mountaineers team.
“When it got really really tough, we lost our poise.” Johnson said. “We didn’t respond to getting hit in the face.”
Although the Frogs entered the half leading by two, they fell behind in the second half after the Mountaineers pressed for all 40 minutes.
“When you play good teams, good people, you’re going to be forced out of your comfort zone,” Johnson said. “It was good for us that it happened here early.”
The Frogs also struggled at the free throw line, making just 33 percent of their shots in the first half, and 65 percent in the full game.
Senior guard Trey Ziegler said West Virginia set a tempo that was faster than any other opponent the Frogs have faced this year. Ziegler shot 4-6 from the floor.
“We haven’t seen a team that presses as much as them, it was 40 minutes straight,” Ziegler said. “You had to be in shape to play.”
Even with the loss, Ziegler said he thinks tonight showed that TCU can keep up with any other team in the conference.
“We didn’t do the tough things to win. We know if we would have, we could have won this game,” Zieler said. “I think we have a great chance to win some games in this league.”
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins also said the TCU team they faced today is not the same team from a year ago.
“They’re worlds different. It’s what having better players will do,” Huggins said.
TCU will play next on Jan. 7 when they take on Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.