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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: TCU Horned Frogs (14-3, 3-2)

Will the Red Raiders rebound against the Horned Frogs in Lubbock?

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Texas Tech is coming off of an ugly loss to Oklahoma (7-9) and will look to bounce back against TCU at home. The Red Raiders find themselves in a very crucial game early in Big 13 play. If they win they go back to .500 in the conference, if they lose they fall to 2-4. TCU is looking like a brand new team this season and much of the credit is in thanks to new head coach Jamie Dixon. Who wins this one in Lubbock, the Red Raiders or the new-and-improved Horned Frogs?

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TCU Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 12.6 F Vladimir Brodziansky
Rebounds/Game 10.0 G Kenrich Williams
Assist/Game 5.4 G Alex Robinson
3pt Made/3pt % 23/65, 35.4% G Jaylen Fisher
Free Throw % 56/72, 77.8% F Vladimir Brodziansky

Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams lead the way for the Horned Frogs. Brodziansky averages a team bet 12.6 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds. Williams is almost averaging a double-double per game with 9.5 points and 10 rebounds. That's a fantastic stat line, it's not every day you see a guard average 10 rebounds a game. The Red Raiders big men will have to try to limit the Horned Frogs from snagging very crucial rebounds.

Last 5 Games

12/30 #3 Kansas L 86-80
1/3 Oklahoma W 60-57
1/7 #7 West Virginia L 82-70
1/11 Texas W 64-61
1/14 Iowa State W 84-77

What a difference a year makes. The Horned Frogs have beaten Washington twice, Oklahoma, Texas for the first time in Austin in over 30 years, and Iowa State. TCU's only losses on the year are to SMU, Kansas and West Virginia. The Horned Frogs are currently ranked 26th in the nation, if you count that, as they sit right on the outside of the AP top 25. Spirits are high in Ft Worth, but the Red Raiders will try to bring them back down to reality as Texas Tech defends a 11-0 home record.

Prediction

Texas Tech 78 - TCU 72

The Red Raiders are 11-0 at home and look like a different team when they play at the United Supermarkets Arena. The current line favors Texas Tech by 4.5, so it goes to show you what home court advantage does for you. The key for the Red Raiders in this game is for the big men to play well. If Texas Tech can limit turnovers and out rebound TCU, I expect them to pull out the win.