TCU (6-3) at Tulsa (5-3)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 1:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Donald W. Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Television: FSN, MSG+, ROOT-NW. Home Record: TCU 5-2, Tulsa 3-1. Away Record:
TCU 0-0, Tulsa 1-1. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, Tulsa 1-1. Conference Record: TCU
0-0, Tulsa 0-0. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 21-10.
GAME NOTES: The TCU Horned Frogs try to avoid back-to-back defeats once again
as they tangle with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in non-conference play at the
Reynolds Center on Saturday afternoon.
TCU has won back-to-back games a total of three times already this season, but
after each of those the Frogs have suffered a loss. That was the case earlier
this week when, after defeating both UAB and Southern Utah in consecutive
outings, TCU fell at home to Houston, 54-48.
As for the Golden Hurricane, they put together their best defensive effort of
the young season on Wednesday when they defeated visiting Missouri State
rather easily, 61-42. The victory snapped a two-game slide and was a huge
change from the team's previous outing when it lost to Wichita State on the
road, 86-60, back on Nov. 28.
The Golden Hurricane leads the all-time series between these two teams by a
count of 21-10. Tulsa has won the last two meetings, including a 74-66 final
in Fort Worth a season ago.
TCU scored just 19 points in the first half against the Cougars in the last
game and finished the meeting with only 33.3 percent accuracy from the floor
and a miserable 5-of-13 at the free-throw line in the six-point loss. Kyan
Anderson tried to keep the Frogs in the hunt with his game-high 20 points, but
he converted only 7-of-19 attempts from the floor. Adrick McKinney accounted
for another 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in 35 minutes of action
off the bench. Anderson, who had a stretch of four games in which he scored a
combined 26 points, has tallied at least 20 in each of the last three outings
and now leads the team overall with his 13.9 ppg as the only one in double
figures for the program. Shooting 15-of-39 behind the three-point line,
Anderson is also the only player with more than three three-pointers which
explains why TCU has made a feeble 27.6 percent out on the perimeter over the
course of nine games.
Pat Swilling Jr. and Rashad Ray both scored 11 points off the bench to help
push the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a 19-point win over the Missouri State
Bears in non-conference play at the Reynolds Center on Wednesday night. Also
scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Shaquille Harrison who accounted for
10 points, as well as seven rebounds and four assists as the team snapped a
two-game slide. Defensively, the Golden Hurricane held the visitors to just 15
made field goals, matching their turnover total, and a dismal 1-of-19 behind
the three-point line. James Woodard, who scored just four points as he made 1-
of-5 shots against the Bears, remains the team's top scorer with his 15.3 ppg.
Rashad Smith (14.5 ppg) has only played four games thus far, but has certainly
given the program a lift while in the lineup, even if he has 10 turnovers
without the benefit of a single assist. Outscoring opponents by close to nine
points per game, Tulsa has benefited from foes shooting just 60 percent at the
free-throw line, but that won't last all season.
With Swilling and Ray now prepared to make contributions to the team, Tulsa
will be tough to take down, particularly at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 72, TCU 66
12/08 10:30:44 ET
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