TCU (4-2) vs. Harvard (6-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 12:30 a.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska. Television: None. Home Record: TCU 1-1, Harvard 3-0. Away Record: TCU 2-0, Harvard 0-1. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, Harvard 2-0. Conference Record: TCU 0-0, Harvard 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs and Harvard Crimson will duke it out for the championship in the Great Alaska Shootout when they meet at Sullivan Arena on Saturday night.
The Horned Frogs are rolling as they get set for this title tilt. A 72-65 victory over Tulsa on Friday night marked the fourth straight victory for TCU, which has risen from the ashes of an 0-2 start to open the year.
Harvard held off a challenge from Green Bay in the semifinals as the team pulled out a 76-64 victory on Friday night. The win was the second straight for the Crimson and sixth in seven tries this season.
This bout marks the first-ever meeting between the Horned Frogs and Crimson on the hardwood.
TCU jumped out to a halftime lead and then held on down the stretch to take out Tulsa. The Horned Frogs netted 52.2 percent of their shots from the floor in the opening period and finished with just enough of an advantages from 3- point range (15-12) and the free-throw line (17-13) to secure a victory.
Even with a winning record, the Horned Frogs have fought to about even both on the scoreboard and the glass through six games. TCU holds just a +1.3 scoring differential on the campaign despite hitting a solid 45.8 percent of its shots from the field. Additionally, TCU is collecting just as many rebounds (34.2 pg) as its opponents. Amric Fields (16,.3 ppg) has been a nice spark off the bench in the three games he has played. The Horned Frogs' leading scorer was at it again versus Tulsa as he finished with a team-high 17 points. Kyan Anderson (12.2 ppg, 6.3 apg), Jarvis Ray (13.5 ppg) and Brandon Parrish (11.2 ppg) are also key contributors.
Harvard's efforts from the free-throw line pushed them over the edge in the semifinals against Green Bay. The Crimson hit 21-of-25 attempts from the charity stripe, while giving the Phoenix only 11 tries. Harvard also doubled up Green Bay in points off turnovers (24-12).
The Crimson was on point offensively, at least in terms of their season averages, against Green Bay. Harvard is now netting 75.6 points per game, while hitting more than 45 percent of their shots from the field. Wesley Saunders (16.4 ppg) is the leading scorer for the Crimson, a role he filled yet again versus Green Bay. In that contest, Saunders connected on 6-of-12 field goal attempts to finish with 20 points. Laurent Rivard (8.1 ppg) had one of his best nights in terms of scoring, as he tallied 17 points while Siyani Chambers added 12 points and Steve Missi-Moundou nearly finished with a double-double (10 points, nine rebounds).
The Crimson have a battle-tested nucleus led by Saunders. That experience and depth will be the difference in another Crimson win on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 75, TCU 67
11/30 10:36:21 ET