Preview: Future Rivalry - Tech vs. TCU

The Red Raiders look to extend their winning streak against an old Southwest Conference foe and future Big 12 opponent tonight in TCU.

Consistency has been the major issue for Billy Gillispie's squad this season, and tonight's meeting with TCU (6-2) will put that to the test as the teams tip-off at 6 p.m. in Fort Worth. 

Texas Tech (4-3) came out in its last game and had contributions from almost every player in the box score, not just one or two, like it has been for the majority of the season.

The Red Raiders notched their fourth win of the season, and first in a true road game, taking down Texas A&M Corpus Christi 61-54 on Thursday.

That kind of play will have to continue tonight against a TCU squad that is looking to continue its best start since the 2000-2001 season, if the Red Raiders want to walk away with a win.

Jaye Crockett stepped up for Tech in its last game scoring 12 points and going 6-for-12 from the field while also grabbing nine rebounds en route to a career night against the Islanders. 

Now for the Horned Frogs the season has started off well despite two losses that came in back-to-back contests to Norfolk State and Ole Miss.

Since those losses TCU is 3-0 and looking to extend that win streak against the Red Raiders, but the wins have not been blowouts by any means.

TCU's six wins have not come easy as four of their six wins have been by less than five points, and they barely escaped Evansville the last time out on the hardwood, winning 70-68.

Senior guard J.R. Cadot leads the way for the Horned Frogs as he averages 11.8 points per game, second on the team, and 8.0 rebounds per game, which leads the team.

Cadot is used to hitting double digits with his scoring as he has scored double digits in four consecutive games and in the last 17 games has hit double digits in 13 of them.

Both teams are different since the last time they met, especially the Red Raiders, and tonight will be a good preview of the future of basketball in the Big 12 Conference since TCU will be a member next season.


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