Baylor (13-5) at TCU (9-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: Big 12 Network, YES. Home Record: Baylor 9-2, TCU 7-5. Away Record: Baylor 2-2, TCU 1-4. Neutral Record: Baylor 2-1, TCU 1-1. Conference Record: Baylor 4-1, TCU 0-6. Series Record: Baylor leads, 88-81.
GAME NOTES: The Baylor Bears eye a third consecutive win on Saturday, as they stay in state and visit the TCU Horned Frogs in a Big 12 matchup from Daniel- Meyer Coliseum.
Baylor continued its strong play of late on Monday, as Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Bears posted a 64-54 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. A.J. Walton added 13 points for the Bears, as they won for the fifth time in the last six outings.
TCU, meanwhile, fell to 0-6 in the conference on Wednesday, as they dropped a 71-50 decision to West Virginia in a battle of Big 12 newcomers. Kyan Anderson scored 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Horned Frogs, which have now lost six games in a row and eight of their past 11. Connell Crossland contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks, while Adrick McKinney had 10 points, five rebounds, and two blocks.
These two Lone Star State rivals squared off for the first time since 2002 back on January 12, as Baylor snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with a 51-40 triumph. These two have matched up 169 times previously, with Baylor holding a slight 88-81 edge.
TCU's major problem this season has been a lack of scoring punch. The team ranks near the bottom in the country in scoring at a meager 54.6 ppg. That has certainly played a part in negating the team's strong defensive play, as the Horned Frogs rank 12th in scoring defense, allowing just 57.2 ppg. The scoring pool is obviously shallow, with only Anderson and Garlon Green currently averaging double figures at 11.8 and 10.6 ppg, respectively. McKinney is a distant third in the scoring column at a mere 7.9 ppg, but does lead the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Working hard in the paint against Oklahoma State were Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin, with the former posting 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the latter contributing 10 points, 14 rebounds and another five rejections. As a team Baylor is scoring 75.9 ppg and holds a +13.1 edge in scoring margin. A big reason for the Bears' success has been Jackson, who not only leads the team in scoring with 18.6 ppg, but he is also first with 101 assists. Many of those dishes have gone to Austin (14.3 ppg) and Jefferson (13.1 ppg), who have clogged up the lane by capturing 8.9 and 8.6 rpg, respectively.
Despite playing in what should be a hostile environment, Baylor's roll should continue on Saturday. The bottom line is TCU just doesn't have the firepower to stay with the Bears.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 65, TCU 59
01/26 10:43:12 ET