TCU (9-5) at Oklahoma State (10-3)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 9, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) -- Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Television: Big 12 Network. Home Record: TCU 7-3, OSU 7-1. Away Record: TCU
1-1, OSU 0-2. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, OSU 3-0. Conference Record: TCU 0-1,
OSU 0-1. Series Record: Oklahoma State leads, 17-2.
GAME NOTES: Both the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will try
for their first Big 12 Conference wins of the season, as the two teams duke it
out at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Wednesday night.
TCU closed out its non-conference schedule on a three-game win streak, but it
entered conference play last Saturday against Texas Tech and it was saddled
with a 62-53 home loss. The Horned Frogs have only played two true road games
this season, winning at Rice (65-63) and losing at Tulsa (50-49).
Oklahoma State spent much of the first two months of the season ranked in the
Top-25 thanks to a 10-1 start, which included signature wins over NC State
(76-56), Tennessee (62-45) and South Florida (61-49). Since then however, the
Cowboys have dropped from the national rankings following back-to-back losses
to a pair of quality opponents, falling at home to Gonzaga in a 69-68 final on
New Year's Eve, and dropping a 73-67 decision at Kansas State last Saturday.
The Cowboys have dominated the all-time series with the Horned Frogs, winning
17 of the 19 previous matchups, although this will be the first time they'll
meet as conference foes.
The Horned Frogs found themselves down by seven points at the half against
Texas Tech and could never recover, as they shot just 35.2 percent from the
field (including 1-of-7 from 3-point range) while committing 16 turnovers.
Devonta Abron was able to overcome the struggles of his teammates by shooting
7-of-9 from the floor for 16 points, while adding seven rebounds and four
blocks. Scoring has been a big issue for TCU all season, as it nets a Big 12-
low 57.0 ppg, but luckily it has found plenty of success at the defensive end
where it yields just 55.1 ppg, which ranks first in the conference. Kyan
Anderson leads the way with 12.5 ppg and 3.8 apg, and although the Frogs
connect on less than three 3-pointers per game as a team, more than half of
them have come from Anderson (21-of-57). Garlon Green adds 11.5 ppg, while
Adrick McKinney (7.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Abron (7.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) have been
solid contributors in the frontcourt.
Oklahoma State kept its bout with Kansas State close throughout, but with the
game tied at 64-64 with under three minutes to play, the Wildcats closed out
the proceedings on a 9-3 run to saddle the Cowboys with the six-point loss.
Although they shot a modest 40.8 percent from the field, they were able to put
up a strong effort on the road against a nationally-ranked team by converting
24-of-29 from the free throw line (.828). Marcus Smart was fantastic, netting
a career-high 25 points in a performance that helped him earn Big 12
Conference Rookie of the Week honors. Markel Brown was also strong in the
defeat with 19 points. OSU has played well at both ends of the court this
season, earning the league's third-best scoring margin (plus-13.5) by shooting
44.2 percent from the field and holding foes to just 37.4 percent field goal
efficiency. Brown is the team's top scorer at 14.5 ppg, although Smart is
right on his heels with 14.3 ppg. Smart, a freshman, is one of the more well-
rounded guards in the country, adding 6.1 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.6 spg and 1.1 bpg.
Le'Bryan Nash (13.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Phil Forte (11.0 ppg, 32 3PM) round out
the unit's balanced attack.
TCU plays the kind of stifling defense that can slow down the Cowboys' high-
powered offense, but it may not have the shooting prowess to keep up. At home,
OSU should hit enough clutch baskets to end its losing streak.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 65, TCU 57
01/09 10:33:40 ET
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