Baylor (14-9) at TCU (9-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (ET)
ACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,166) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Baylor 9-4, TCU 5-6. Away Record: Baylor 1-4, TCU 3-5. Neutral Record: Baylor 4-1, TCU 1-2. Conference Record: Baylor 2-8, TCU 0-10. Series Record: Baylor leads, 90-81.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs will try once again to get a win in Big 12 Conference play when they take on the Baylor Bears at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday evening.
TCU has battled a fellow Big 12 member 10 times this season and has fallen each time. The Horned Frogs had won five straight games before entering league play, but they have fallen to 9-13 overall since. If they can't get a win here, it is unlikely they'll pick one up in the next four games (at No. 7 Kansas, at Kansas State, vs. No. 11 Iowa State and vs. Oklahoma State).
Baylor has had more success than TCU this season, but not much more. The Bears, who were once ranked as high as seventh in the country, have lost seven of their last eight games, with five of those decisions coming by 10 points or more. In all, they are 14-9 overall, including a 2-8 mark in league play, which is better than only TCU. Baylor battles Kansas State next.
One of the Bears' two league wins came against TCU on Jan. 11, when they rolled to an 88-62 victory. Baylor has won three straight against the Horned Frogs and lead the all-time series, 90-81.
On Saturday, Baylor was run over on the road by Oklahoma, falling in an 88-72 decision. Isaiah Austin scored 21 points in the loss, but the Bears were only able to shot 42.4 percent from the field, while being outscored, 42-27, from 3-point range.
Austin (10.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg) is a well-rounded frontcourt performer, leading the Big 12 in blocks, but he is not the Bears' go-to scoring option most nights. That role belongs to Cory Jefferson (12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg), who shoots 51.3 percent from the floor and also leads the team in rebounds. However, Jefferson only managed eight points on 3-of-9 from the floor in the loss to Oklahoma. Sharp-shooter Brady Heslip (11.3 ppg) and Kenny Chery (10.1 ppg, 4.5 apg) lend support out of the backcourt, but the duo combined for only 12 points, all from Heslip, and zero assists last time out.
TCU got to see how talented Iowa State's Melvin Ejim is up close and personal on Saturday, letting up record-setting 48 points and 18 rebounds to the Iowa State forward in an 84-69 loss. The Horned Frogs were outscored 48-18 in the paint, although Kyan Anderson finished with 27 points and eight assists.
Anderson's health is in question for this contest as he is listed as questionable with a bruised shoulder. The Frogs need him if they are going to win, as he leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg), assists (4.9 apg) and minutes played (34 mpg). Amric Fields (13.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Karviar Shepherd (8.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2 bpg) have the difficult responsibility of dealing with Baylor up front, and they will need to be better scorers if Anderson is not fit to play. Brandon Parrish (10 ppg) may also be needed to perform at a higher level.
With Anderson's status in doubt, it is difficult to believe that home court advantage alone will earn TCU a victory. Even if he is able to play, the Bears still have too much strength down low to be defeated.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 75, TCU 67
02/12 10:45:20 ET