TCU (9-10) at Texas Tech (10-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 1:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: United Spirit Arena (15,000) -- Lubbock, Texas. Television: Big 12 Network, MASN. Home Record: TCU 5-5, Texas Tech 8-4. Away Record: TCU 3-3, Texas Tech 1-6. Neutral Record: TCU 1-2, Texas Tech 1-1. Conference Record: TCU 0-7, Texas Tech 2-6. Series Record: Texas Tech leads, 75-47.
GAME NOTES: Both the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders will try to halt prolonged losing streaks on Saturday afternoon, as the Big 12 Conference rivals square off at United Spirit Arena.
Since starting an impressive 9-3 in its non-conference schedule, TCU has been stuck in a tailspin since entering Big 12 play with seven straight losses. The Horned Frogs' futility continued at home last Saturday against nationally- ranked Kansas in a 91-69 defeat.
Texas Tech has also been stuck in a rut, with its 66-58 loss at Kansas State on Tuesday night marking its third straight. The Red Raiders are now just 10-11 overall this season, including 2-6 in the Big 12, but the good news is that they have defended their home floor well, winning eight of 12 at United Spirit Arena.
The teams met on Jan. 18 in Fort Worth, with Texas Tech coming away with a 60-49 victory. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series, 75-47.
The Horned Frogs were no match for the mighty Jayhawks in their most recent bout, falling behind by 21 points at intermission and never sniffing the lead in the second stanza. They were outshot from the field, 57.4 percent to 43.1 percent, and were led by Brandon Parrish and his 15 points. Amric Fields tallied 13 points and seven rebounds, Kyan Anderson scored 12 points and dished out eight assists and Christian Gore came off the bench to net 11.
TCU has not performed particularly well on either end of the floor this season, as it shoots just 41.4 percent from the field for 66.2 ppg, while allowing 69.8 ppg. It also lives in the red in terms of its rebounding margin (-5.9) and makes just 4.6 3-pointers per game at a 31.5 percent clip. Anderson is the catalyst, shooting 46.4 percent from the field for 14.9 ppg while adding 4.7 apg and 1.5 spg as well. Fields brings 13.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg to the table, while Parrish (10.4 ppg) has drained a team-best 26 3-pointers.
Although the Red Raiders were able to cut their double-digit halftime deficit to just one midway through the second half of their latest contest, they were never able to overtake the lead from Kansas State as they fell in the eight- point decision. They shot just 33.9 percent from the field in the setback, with Jaye Crockett pacing the effort with 15 points. Dusty Hannahs was the only other player to finish in double figures, pouring in 14 points off the bench.
Despite sitting with an under .500 record, Texas Tech has outpaced its opponents this season by shooting an impressive 46.6 percent from the field for 72.6 ppg, while allowing 69.7 ppg on just 43.2 percent shooting. The team's strength comes in the frontcourt, where Crockett (14.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Jordan Tolbert (11.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg) both shoot 55 percent from the field or greater. Robert Turner (10.0 ppg) makes good on less than 40 percent of his field-goal tries, and Hannahs (9.1 ppg) has drained a team-best 34 3- pointers at a 42-percent success rate.
Texas Tech's recent struggles aside, it has performed well at home, especially against inferior competition. Don't expect the Horned Frogs' first league win to come in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Tech 72, TCU 65
02/01 11:57:43 ET