TCU (6-3) at Tulsa (5-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 1:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Donald W. Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: FSN, MSG+, ROOT-NW. Home Record: TCU 5-2, Tulsa 3-1. Away Record: TCU 0-0, Tulsa 1-1. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, Tulsa 1-1. Conference Record: TCU 0-0, Tulsa 0-0. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 21-10.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs try to avoid back-to-back defeats once again as they tangle with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in non-conference play at the Reynolds Center on Saturday afternoon.
TCU has won back-to-back games a total of three times already this season, but after each of those the Frogs have suffered a loss. That was the case earlier this week when, after defeating both UAB and Southern Utah in consecutive outings, TCU fell at home to Houston, 54-48.
As for the Golden Hurricane, they put together their best defensive effort of the young season on Wednesday when they defeated visiting Missouri State rather easily, 61-42. The victory snapped a two-game slide and was a huge change from the team's previous outing when it lost to Wichita State on the road, 86-60, back on Nov. 28.
The Golden Hurricane leads the all-time series between these two teams by a count of 21-10. Tulsa has won the last two meetings, including a 74-66 final in Fort Worth a season ago.
TCU scored just 19 points in the first half against the Cougars in the last game and finished the meeting with only 33.3 percent accuracy from the floor and a miserable 5-of-13 at the free-throw line in the six-point loss. Kyan Anderson tried to keep the Frogs in the hunt with his game-high 20 points, but he converted only 7-of-19 attempts from the floor. Adrick McKinney accounted for another 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in 35 minutes of action off the bench. Anderson, who had a stretch of four games in which he scored a combined 26 points, has tallied at least 20 in each of the last three outings and now leads the team overall with his 13.9 ppg as the only one in double figures for the program. Shooting 15-of-39 behind the three-point line, Anderson is also the only player with more than three three-pointers which explains why TCU has made a feeble 27.6 percent out on the perimeter over the course of nine games.
Pat Swilling Jr. and Rashad Ray both scored 11 points off the bench to help push the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a 19-point win over the Missouri State Bears in non-conference play at the Reynolds Center on Wednesday night. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Shaquille Harrison who accounted for 10 points, as well as seven rebounds and four assists as the team snapped a two-game slide. Defensively, the Golden Hurricane held the visitors to just 15 made field goals, matching their turnover total, and a dismal 1-of-19 behind the three-point line. James Woodard, who scored just four points as he made 1- of-5 shots against the Bears, remains the team's top scorer with his 15.3 ppg. Rashad Smith (14.5 ppg) has only played four games thus far, but has certainly given the program a lift while in the lineup, even if he has 10 turnovers without the benefit of a single assist. Outscoring opponents by close to nine points per game, Tulsa has benefited from foes shooting just 60 percent at the free-throw line, but that won't last all season.
With Swilling and Ray now prepared to make contributions to the team, Tulsa will be tough to take down, particularly at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 72, TCU 66
12/08 10:30:44 ET