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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: FSN+, MASN. Home Record: Tulsa 3-2, TCU 3-1. Away Record: Tulsa 0-3, TCU 3-0. Neutral Record: Tulsa 1-2, TCU 1-2. Conference Record: Tulsa 0-0, TCU 0-0. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 21-10.
GAME NOTES: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane hope to continue their winning ways on Saturday afternoon, as they step into Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to tip it off against the TCU Horned Frogs in non-league play.
Tulsa enters the contest with wins in three of its past four contests. However, the Golden Hurricane had to scratch and claw their way to a 66-65 home win over Division I newcomer Grand Canyon earlier this week. Following this tilt, they'll be idle for eight days until visiting Maryland next Sunday.
TCU has also gained some momentum of late with wins in seven of its last eight outings, including three straight. Most recently, the Horned Frogs cruised to a 98-75 win over Grambling State on Thursday night. Today's contest marks the third leg of the team's season-long, six-game homestand.
Tulsa holds a 21-10 lead in the head-to-head series with TCU, and has won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including a 50-49 decision last December.
Tulsa trailed Grand Canyon by nine points with less than 10 minutes to play in Wednesday's contest. In fact, the Golden Hurricane trailed for the entire second half until sophomore Lew Evans capped the comeback by hitting 3-of-4 free throws in the final 26 seconds. The outcome overshadowed an otherwise uninspiring effort by the Golden Hurricane, who shot just 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 51.6 percent at the foul line. Conversely, Grand Canyon was 10-of-15 from the perimeter (.667) and 19-of-26 at the charity stripe (.731). Shaquille Harrison and Rashad Smith each scored 15 to pace Tulsa in the win, while James Woodard joined them in double figures with 10 points. Each member of that trio is averaging double figures on the season, led by Woodard's 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
TCU also boasts three double-digit scorers in Kyan Anderson (15.2 ppg), Amric Fields (12.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Jarvis Ray (12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg). However, where the Horned Frogs have really struggled is out on the perimeter, where they are shooting just 33.8 percent. Anderson shares team-high honors with only 11 3- pointers (.355). But they did not need the deep ball against Grambling State thanks to Anderson, who scored 17 consecutive points for TCU during one stretch and finished with a season-high 27. The Horned Frogs shot 53.4 percent from the floor (including 9-of-17 from beyond the arc), while Grambling State shot just 32.4 percent.
While Tulsa has been able to string together a few wins of late, the Horned Frogs have simply been playing at a higher level for a longer stretch, and they'll get to play this one in front of the hometown faithful.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 79, Tulsa 69
12/21 11:05:07 ET
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