Texas Tech (9-8) at TCU (9-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,166) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: MASN2, FSN-SW, ROOT-PIT. Home Record: TTU 8-3, TCU 5-3. Away Record: TTU 0-4, TCU 3-2. Neutral Record: TTU 1-1, TCU 1-2. Conference Record: TTU 1-3, TCU 0-4. Series Record: Texas Tech leads, 74-47.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs will try for the fifth time to win their first Big 12 Conference game of the season on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Texas Tech had lost three in a row and five of its previous six games prior to its outstanding home win on Wednesday night over No. 12 Baylor, 82-72. The Red Raiders are now 9-8 this season but have to head back out on the road, where they've lost all four contests.
Similarly to Texas Tech, TCU had a strong run during its non-conference slate of games, opening up 9-3, but since entering Big 12 play it has fallen flat with four consecutive losses. The Horned Frogs' last two setbacks came on the road at nationally-ranked foes Baylor (88-62) and Oklahoma State (82-50).
These Lone Star State foes have become well acquainted over the years, with Texas Tech holding to a 74-47 advantage in the all-time series. The Red Raiders won both matchups during the 2012-13 campaign.
The Red Raiders shocked the nationally-ranked Bears earlier in the week from the opening tip, running out to a commanding 21-point halftime lead before eventually winning by 10. They were efficient all over the court, shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and 21-of-29 from the free-throw line, while outrebounding Baylor, 35-29, and committing just nine turnovers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Jaye Crockett's 19 points. Toddrick Gotcher poured in 17 points, Dejan Kravic tallied 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Robert Turner also scored 14 and Jordan Tolbert netted 11.
On the season, Texas Tech enjoys positive margins in terms of scoring (+4.4), rebounding (+4.1) and turnovers (+0.3) all while outshooting its opponents from the field, 47.9 percent to 43.3 percent. The frontcourt-heavy squad is anchored by Crockett (14.7 ppg, 6.2 ppg) and Tolbert (13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg), who both make field goals at 58-percent efficiency or greater. Turner narrowly misses the double-digit scorer's club with 9.9 ppg but does so on a meager 38.7 percent from the field.
The Horned Frogs went into hostile territory at Oklahoma State in their most recent contest and were thoroughly outmatched in the 32-point setback, shooting a lowly 29.1 percent from the field, while allowing the Cowboys to make 46.7 percent of their shot attempts. Their struggles were even worse from beyond the arc (2-of-14). Karviar Shepherd put up 13 points in the losing effort, while Amric Fields and Michael Williams both contributed 11 points.
TCU has struggled to put up points all season, especially on its recent losing streak, and it shoots just 42.4 percent from the field for 66.9 ppg on the campaign and is only saved by a solid showing on the opposite end of the floor (.414, 68.6 ppg). Kyan Anderson is the offensive spark plug, both in terms of scoring (15.1 ppg on 50.7 percent from the field) and getting his teammates involved (4.8 apg). Fields (13.6 ppg) has been a positive addition to the squad after he missed seven games earlier in the season with an injury. Brandon Parrish (10.6 ppg), Jarvis Reed (10.1 ppg) and Shepherd (7.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) round out an impressive starting five.
Despite Texas Tech's struggles on the road, it is riding high after a signature win earlier in the week and should be able to carry that momentum into Fort Worth in a matchup against the floundering Horned Frogs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Tech 70, TCU 67
01/18 10:28:26 ET