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TCU (9-6) at Baylor (10-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ferrell Center (10,284) -- Waco, Texas. Television: FSN-SW. Home Record: TCU 7-3, Baylor 6-2. Away Record: TCU 1-2, Baylor 2-1. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, Baylor 2-1. Conference Record: TCU 0-2, Baylor 2-0. Series Record: Baylor leads, 81-87
GAME NOTES: The Baylor Bears eye a third straight conference win on Saturday evening, as they welcome the TCU Horned Frogs to Waco for a Big 12 matchup at the Ferrell Center.
After topping Texas in overtime to start its conference slate, Baylor made it two in a row with a dominating effort on Tuesday, as Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, leading four starters in double figures, helping the Bears crush the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 82-48.
Jackson, who shot 3-of-6 behind the 3-point line, added seven assists and five rebounds for the Bears, who won for the fifth time in six games. Cory Jefferson added 17 points and eight boards, Isaiah Austin tacked on 17 points and Brady Heslip tallied 11, while Rico Gathers accounted for seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds off the bench for the visitors.
TCU, meanwhile, has begun its first foray into Big 12 play with back-to-back losses, most recently falling to Oklahoma State, 63-45, on Wednesday.
Garlon Green scored a game-high 20 points for TCU, while Kyan Anderson had 10 points, but the rest of the Frogs combined for just 15 points. TCU had won five in a row before starting conference play.
These two Lone Star State rivals have matched up 168 times previously, with Baylor holding a slight 87-81 edge. However, this will be the first meeting between the two since 2002 when the Horned Frogs prevailed for the fourth straight time against the Bears.
Against the Cowboys on Wednesday, Green reached the 20-point plateau for the third time in the past five games, making 8-of-15 shots from the field. He became the 31st TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points in his career. The Frogs, though, couldn't get out of their own way and finished the contest shooting a mere 36.2 percent from the floor overall while committing a season- high 21 turnovers, although it did make 6-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc.
Baylor hit 8-of-14 shots from beyond the arc in the win over Texas Tech and has made at least one 3-point field goal in 671 consecutive games - the second-longest active streak in the Big 12 (Texas). As a team Baylor is scoring 78.6 ppg and holds a +11.6 edge in scoring margin. A big reason for the Bears' success has been Jackson, who not only leads the team in scoring with 19.8 ppg, but he is also first with 88 assists. Many of those dishes have gone to Austin (14.9 ppg) and Jefferson (14.3 ppg), who have clogged up the lane by capturing 8.5 and 8.6 rpg, respectively.
Jackson is one of the best players in the nation and was rewarded this week by being named as both a Cousy Award finalist, given to the top point guard in the country, as well as one of 25 players to the Wooden Award Midseason list. It's easy to say he will be the difference on Saturday, but the bottom line is that Baylor is just better.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 77, TCU 66
01/12 10:40:45 ET