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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 5:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: South Padre Island Convention Center (2,500) -- South Padre Island, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: TCU 4-1, UAB 3-0. Away Record: TCU 0-0, UAB 0-1. Neutral Record: TCU 0-1, UAB 0-1. Conference Record: TCU 0-0, UAB 0-0. Series Record: UAB leads, 5-3
GAME NOTES: The UAB Blazers will try to avoid consecutive losses for the first time this season, as they take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the third-place game of the 2012 South Padre Invitational.
TCU is also trying to avoid a losing streak as it is coming off a 55-31 setback to Northwestern in the semifinal round. Coach Trent Johnson's club was held to 26.5 percent shooting from the floor by the Wildcats, its lowest mark of the season. Although the Horned Frogs held a 38-33 advantage in the rebounding battle, they allowed NU to knock down six three-pointers and managed zero themselves to break a 443 consecutive game streak with at least one make from beyond the arc. The setback dropped TCU's record to 4-2 and ended its two-game winning streak that consisted off low-scoring triumphs over Prairie View A&M (44-39) and Navy (47-45).
UAB is operating under the supervision of first-year head coach Jerod Haase this season, and he has brought tremendous change to the program just five games into his regime. Haase suffered his second career loss on Friday as his Blazers were unable to keep up with the Illinois State Redbirds and dropped a 77-65 decision in the semifinals. The Blazers came in averaging 77.6 points per game, but they could not reach that total due to 27 turnovers, which the Redbirds converted into 26 points. UAB held its opponent well under its scoring average (88.2 ppg), but it could not catch up on the scoreboard down the stretch.
The Blazers own a 5-3 edge in the all-time series with TCU. This rivalry has been idle since the 2005 season.
The Horned Frogs are lacking a true go-to-guy at the offensive end, which is reflected in their dreadfully-low 51.8 ppg scoring average. Jarvis Ray and Kyan Anderson lead the team by default as they are producing 8.5 and 8.2 ppg, respectively. Ray went into Friday's bout with NU averaging over 10 ppg, but the Wildcats held him scoreless in 27 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Devonta Abron was the lone bright spot with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and a team-best eight rebounds. The rest of the squad managed to convert just 5- of-41 from the field in the troubling loss.
The Blazers received a strong performance from swingman Jordan Swing, as he posted his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Rod Rucker also reached double figures by making 7-of-11 field goal attempts to net 14 points. All nine of the Blazers who saw action committed at least one turnover. Point guard Terence Jones was guilty of six of the miscues and went just 2-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-6 from three-point range. UAB needs its role players to step up in this one as everyone other than Swing and Rucker combined to go 11-of-41 from the field versus Northwestern.
Although the Blazers were careless with the ball versus Illinois State, they showed the ability to produce when on the right spots on the floor. UAB's run- and-gun offense will put up a point total that the Horned Frogs are not equipped to match.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UAB 70, TCU 53
11/24 10:37:48 ET
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