TCU (1-2) at Washington State (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 24, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beasley Coliseum (11,671) -- Pullman, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: TCU 1-1, WSU 2-0. Away Record: TCU 0-0, WSU 0-1. Neutral Record: TCU 0-1, WSU 0-0. Conference Record: TCU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs will begin their journey north on Sunday, as they tangle with the Washington State Cougars in a non-conference bout at Beasley Coliseum.
After beginning its season with back-to-back losses to SMU (69-61) and Longwood (82-79), TCU improved to 1-2 last Tuesday with a 71-64 win over Abilene Christian at home. The Horned Frogs are set to play in the Great Alaska Shootout following their matchup in Pullman. TCU has been decent at the offensive end in netting 70.3 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting from the floor, but it has allowed 71.7 ppg on 44.8 percent field goal efficiency. The Horned Frogs will hope to get off to as hot a start as they did on Tuesday, when they prevented the Wildcats from scoring until the 16:21 mark of the first half.
The Cougars are 2-1 after a cold-shooting performance versus Gonzaga on Thursday resulted in a 90-74 loss to the Bulldogs. Washington State returns home where it defeated CSU Bakersfield (62-56) and Lamar (84-64) before playing its first road game. Coach Ken Bone's team actually shot 44.6 percent from the floor and converted 15-of-21 attempts at the charity stripe against Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs knocked down 55.9 percent of their field goal attempts, including 13-of-23 from 3-point range.
The Horned Frogs and Cougars are be meeting on the hardwood for just the third time, and the series is currently tied at 1-1. This is the first meeting since 2003.
TCU received a strong performance from senior Jarvis Ray to get past Abilene Christian. Ray poured in a career-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Freshman Brandon Parrish also set a new personal best with 15 points to mark his third consecutive game in double figures. Christian Gore also got into the mix with 14 points, which was primarily due to his 12-of-14 showing at the charity stripe. Ray is scoring a team-high 14 ppg despite playing only 24 minutes per outing. Parrish is second in the scoring column at 13.7 ppg, while Kyan Anderson adds 10.4 points and six assists per outing.
Rookie guard Ike Iroregbu has improved each game of his career for WSU. Iroregbu scored eight points in his collegiate debut, then tallied 13 versus Lamar. The 6-foot-2 freshman pumped in a career-high 20 points, which he accompanied with six rebounds and four assists versus the Zags. DaVonte Lacy netted 14 points and D.J. Shelton scored 10. Lacy is still the undisputed number one option for the Cougars, who are averaging 73.3 ppg. Lacy has contributed a team-high 21 ppg and drained a nine attempts from beyond the arc. He is the only WSU player to start all three games this season.
Although it appears the Cougars are not much more than a two-man team at the moment, Iroregbu and Lacy certainly make for a very dangerous duo. WSU should be able to take down TCU, which has struggled against mid-major programs it should be taking care of with relative ease. The Horned Frogs will need Anderson and Gore to become the leaders offensively since they are much too efficient to remain in supporting roles.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington State 72, TCU 64
11/24 10:31:03 ET