WIldcat Formation: NKOTB Edition PowercatRyan January 11, 2013 Features, Wildcat Formation Please tell me you didn’t follow the link here because you legitimately thought that I was going to write about Joey McIntyre and Mark Wahlberg’s brother! If you did make that mistake, you can go back to your regularly scheduled program. If you came here hoping to learn more about the new kids on the Big 12’s block, TCU and West Virginia, then “You Got It (The Right Stuff)“. It is a very intriguing schedule twist for the Wildcats to travel to the newest members of the Big 12 for back-to-back road games this early in the Big 12. Many Wildcat fans have already been to both locations as the football schedule also sent the team to both of these locations. It gives us a great opportunity to introduce the K-State family to two new basketball members. One is coached by a familiar name who has had great coaching success in his last three stops as a head coach and you may be surprised to find out that the other participates in Division 1 men’s basketball. Let’s start with the one that will be the most familiar, West Virginia. Coached by Bob Huggins, who is in his sixth season, the West Virginia Mountaineers play in WVU Coliseum (capacity of 14,000). They have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past seven seasons, including the Final Four in 2010. Notable basketball alumni include Da’Sean Butler, Bob Huggins and “The Logo” Jerry West. The fist meeting of these two teams on Saturday will serve as the “Rubber Match,” as the all-time series is tied at 1-1. West Virginia won that last meeting last season in Wichita, 85-80 in double overtime. The second consecutive road contest on Wednesday will be in Ft. Worth, Texas to take on Texas Christian University. The Horned Frogs play in Daniel–Meyer Coliseum (capacity of 7,166). They are coached by first year head coach Trent Johnson, who takes over after coaching at LSU and Stanford. If you want to see how much TCU cares about their Men’s basketball team, venture over to their Wikipedia page. TCU made the CBI last season, NIT in 2005 and NCAA Tournament in 1998. TCU leads the all-time series with a 3-2 edge with that last meeting being a 72-71 win by TCU to eliminate KSU from the 1999 NIT. Huggin’s team is sort of an enigma this season. In the first two games of the Big 12, the Mountaineers have lost at home against Oklahoma and went on the road to beat Texas in overtime. TCU on the other hand is no enigma. They are 0-2 in Big 12 play with losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs averaged a total of 49 points per game. KenPom.com has TCU predicted to finish their inaugural season win-less in conference play. So there you have it, a brief introduction to the newest member of the Big 12 conference. Hopefully Bruce Weber and the Boys will be singing “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” on the flights back from Morgantown and Ft. Worth!