Preview and Game Thread | TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Spo

The TCU Horned Frogs travel to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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GAME INFORMATION

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TCU Horned Frogs (10-18, 1-14)


Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13)

March 2, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX

TV: Big 12 Network | Radio: Affiliates

Probable Starters

Kyan Anderson (5-11/165)

PG

Josh Gray (6-1/175)

Nate Butler Lind (6-6/205)

SG

Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210)

Connell Crossland (6-7/190)

TG

Jamal Williams, Jr. (6-4/190)

Garlon Green (6-7/215)

PF

Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225)

Adrick McKinney (6-8/250)

C

Dejan Kravic (6-11/240)

SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS

The last time these two teams met, they both had winning records. TCU was 9-4 and Texas Tech was 7-4. Texas Tech won that last game, maybe the first of the Big 12 conference play for these two teams. TCU had not won a game until they had the upset of the year beating Kansas (or until Penn St. beat Michigan?). TCU is on a six game losing streak while Texas Tech has lost nine in a row. So this game means a lot to both teams because they both think this is a real winnable game for each team.

Both teams have had really tough conference goes at it, and they are 1-8 away from TCU. I listened to Chris Walker yesterday and said that TCU is team that is going to out-rebound teams or beat them over the head on the boards. The numbers really don't play that out. TCU does have two big guys in McKinney and Devonta Abron, who comes in a 6-8/255. Much like Texas Tech, TCU does not have a team of good shooters, or at least outside shooters as Anderson Green and Butler Lind all shot under 40% from the floor.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

The biggest key is for this team to start fast. We keep thinking that, but that's a tough thing for a team that keeps facing better opponents. I think we'll be able to see the determination of this team is if and how they can force the issue against TCU.

I could see Walker starting Jaye Crockett this game because of the match-up issues, but I'd love to see Walker force the issues and keep Kravic in the starting lineup. I still get frustrated watching Kravic just put up shots without a care to the rest of the team, but he actually has been shooting at a pretty high rate.

Josh Gray should absolutely dominate the point guard battle and this is a real opportunity for him to redeem himself after going 1-8 against Kansas St. This should be a redemption game for Gray, not a game for Gray to take a ton of shots, but play his game, involve his teammates and get to the basket.

GAME DAY LINKS

Texas Tech Looks For First Sweep Since 2010 As Its Hosts TCU - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Frogs Meet Texas Tech Saturday in Lubbock - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
Texas Tech hosts TCU desperate to end fourth-longest losing streak in school history | Red Raiders
Big 12 basement dwellers TCU and Texas Tech fight to stay out of cellar | Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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