The 6th ranked Baylor Bears look to win their second game in a row, as they host the 17-7 TCU Horned Frogs, who have won their last three games. TCU has been a massive surprise this year under first year coach Jamie Dixon. With a new coach, and the influx of guards Alex Robinson and Jaylen Fisher, the Frogs have built by far the best team in their short Big 12 history. In fact, their 6 wins this year are not only the most they have had in a single season, it is just two short of their combined win total from the first four Big 12 campaigns.
Baylor has dominated this series since TCU joined the Big 12, winning all 10 games by at least 7 points and an average of 18.1 points per game. The Frogs though are not the same team anymore, showing real Big 12 talent with freshman Jaylen Fisher and junior post Vladimir Brodziansky. Fisher, the first 4-star recruit to sign with TCU in its basketball history, starts alongside sophomore transfer Alex Robinson. Both are capable point guards who can run the offense, though Robinson is the better scorer. A former Texas A&M guard, Robinson leads the team with 5.5 assists per game, and scores 11.3 points.
The star though of this team is Brodziansky, a junior from Slovakia who has improved incredibly after his first year with TCU. He is averaging a team leading 14.3 points per game, and getting 5.9 rebounds. A tremendous offensive rebounder, along with wing Kenrich Williams, the Frogs are one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the nation,and showed that in their home loss to Baylor earlier this year with 15 offensive rebounds.
This is a team that does a lot of things well, and outside of a few too many turnovers, they don't have any glaring weaknesses. They could be stronger on the defensive glass, but they are usually trying to push the tempo and get transition points. They aren't a great 3-point shooting team, but make up for that with focusing on paint points and making almost 62% of their shots at the rim.
Defensively, they have continued the trend of the last few years of being a solid team on that end of the court. They have good size at all 5-positions, with Williams at 6-7 being able to play either forward spot alongside JD Miller or Brandon Parrish. They do struggle with depth at the guard position, but have two experienced seniors playing big minutes off the bench in Parrish and center Karviar Shepherd.
The Bears size and depth in the paint proved critical in their early season victory over TCU, with the trio of Johnathan Motley, Jo Lual-Acuil, and TJ Maston combining for 31 points on 13-28 shooting and 16 rebounds.
No. 6/8 Baylor (21-2, 8-3) vs. TCU (17-7, 6-5)
Feb. 11, 2017 | 1:05 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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