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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 29, 9:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska. Television: None. Home Record: Tulsa 0-2, TCU 1-1. Away Record: Tulsa 0-2, TCU 2-0. Neutral Record: Tulsa 1-0, TCU 0-1. Conference Record: Tulsa 0-0, TCU 0-0. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 21-10.
GAME NOTES: Fresh of their first win during the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will try to get a streak going when they face the TCU Horned Frogs at Sullivan Arena on Friday.
James Woodard nailed a 3-pointer with eight seconds to play that sparked Tulsa to a thrilling, 63-62, victory over Indiana State on Wednesday. The victory put an end to a rough start to the campaign for Tulsa, which fell in each of its first four outings.
TCU also claimed a victory in a tight contest to kick off the event on Wednesday. The Horned Frogs actually won their third straight matchup in the contest, topping host Alaska-Anchorage, 73-70. TCU has begun to pick up some steam with the winning streak, after losing its first two games of the campaign.
The winner of this contest will face Green Bay or Harvard in the Shootout's title game on Saturday. The losers of each contest will be matched up in the third-place battle.
The Golden Hurricane escaped with a 50-49 victory last time these teams faced. The win was the fifth straight in the all-time series for Tulsa, which it leads by a count of 21-10.
Tulsa's matchup with Indiana State featured six ties and nine lead changes but the Golden Hurricane were able to pull out the victory. The win came despite a 38-27 deficit on the boards. James Woodard kept the Golden Hurricane around with a game-high 24 points.
Defense has been Tulsa's biggest weakness this year. The Golden Hurricane are letting up 78.2 points per game on just over 45 percent shooting. Tulsa has managed to keep most games close at least, by netting an even 70 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting from the floor. Rashad Smith (13.8 ppg) is leading the team in scoring but had only four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. Woodard (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) has only scored in double figures during the last two games, with the 24-point effort a season-high. Shaquille Harrison (11.2 ppg, 3.8 apg) is the leader in assists and a solid scorer.
TCU was also mixed up in a back-and-forth affair in its opening contest of the tournament. The game featured eight ties and 12 lead changes. The lead change occurred with nine seconds left when Amric Fields dropped in a layup to push the Horned Frogs to a 71-70 advantage.
Fields (16.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg) is just who the Horned Frogs want with the ball in his hands at crunch time. Fields is the leading scorer for the Horned Frogs, though he has only played in two games this year. Jarvis Ray (14.6 ppg) has been the more consistent scorer. Kyan Anderson (12.8 ppg, 6.2 apg) is more important to TCU's cause for his efforts in distribution. Brandon Parrish (10.4 ppg) provides additional scoring punch. Adding Fields to the regular rotation is a real boost for TCU, which is averaging just 69.6 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting.
With Fields back in the mix the Horned Frogs have a legitimate scoring option, that should be able to carry them past the Golden Hurricane.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 68, Tulsa 64
11/29 10:44:19 ET