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

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders hope to build on their win against Baylor by traveling to Ft. Worth to take on the Horned Frogs.

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THE INFORMATION

Game Details
TEAMS Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-7, 0-4)
WHERE Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Ft. Worth, Texas
WHEN 5:00 pm Saturday January 18th
CONSUME Radio - TTSN | TV - FSSW: Lubbock — Suddenlink (220), AT&T U-Verse (753), Direct TV (676), Dish (416)

THE CHARACTERS

Starters
Texas Tech TCU
Robert Turner (6-3/180) PG Kyan Anderson (5-11/175)
Toddrick Gotcher (6-4/195) SG Jarvis Ray (6-6/195)
Jaye Crockett (6-7/210) SF Brandon Parish (6-6/185)
Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225) PF Amric Fields (6-9/220)
Dejan Kravic (7-0/235) C Karviar Shepherd (6-10/225)

THE ANALYSIS

Key Matchup | Fields vs. Tolbert: I think Fields is TCU’s best player, although he doesn’t put up the best stats and isn’t the leading scorer. I think Fields hasn’t been as good because he was injured for the early part of the season, but Fields is the glue that makes the Horned Frogs go. Tolbert is coming off a fantastic defensive game against Baylor’s Cory Jefferson and Texas Tech could use that again in holding Fields.

Take Aim: Anderson is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points a game and 4.8 assists a game and he shoots above 50% from the field, which is pretty impressive for a guard and Turner will have his hands full. Ray and Parish both average double-figures, about 10 points a game, and both about 4 boards a game. Ray shoots at a much better percentage, 48%, compared to Parish who isn’t a good shooter at all.

KenPom says that TCU is a pretty bad team. A very bad offensive team, 269th in AdjO and okay defensively, only 169th. Overall, TCU is 203rd. For comparison purposes, Texas Tech is 90th overall and 35th in AdjO and 194th in AdjD. Texas Tech is very much trending up offensively, which is a bit surprising, but after that Baylor performance where Texas Tech made just about every basket, 57% from the basket.

Game Day Links:

The official site has your official preview (via TexasTech).

HC Tubby Smith wants to build on the win against Baylor (via LAJ):

"We’ve built on losses, so it was a good win for us," Smith said after the victory on Wednesday. "But it was a win long overdue. Hopefully this will get the players to appreciate the things we’ve been talking about. So, yes, this is a big win for our program at this time, but I expect a lot more."

HC Trent Johnson talks about how his team needs to improve (via FWST):

"We need to shoot the ball better, we need to rebound better, we need to defend better," said Johnson, who dismissed any notion that his players are pressing. "That’s the only thing we can control: our effort and staying positive."