Who: Texas Tech (11-5, 1-4) vs. TCU (9-8, 1-4)
Where: Fort Worth, Texas, Schollmaier Arena
When: Monday, January 18, 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network
Notable: Only two Horned Frogs—Malique Trent and Michael Williams—have more assists than turnovers. And Williams, although leading TCU in minutes played (30 per game), scores only five points per contest.
Quotable: “This team has solid people on it. They know we’re playing some pretty good teams. They’re doing the things we ask them to do. There are times when you wonder about the turnovers, but otherwise they’re working extremely hard. I don’t think they’ll get down. I think they’ll respond the right way for when we go to Fort Worth to play a tough TCU team.”—Tubby Smith on Texas Tech’s frame of mind following the loss to Baylor
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have no time to lick their wounds following the last-second loss to Baylor on Saturday. As the following Monday rolls around the team travels east to Cowtown to take on a TCU club that is just one game over .500, but is dangerous nonetheless. To wit, in their last outing the Frogs fell by a mere seven points to No. 1 Kansas in the Phog. Any team that hangs with the Jayhawks in Lawrence deserves respect and undivided attention.
Few of the current Horned Frogs will ring a bell for the simple reason that most of them are newcomers.
To date, TCU’s top performer has been Slovakian JUCO transfer Vladimir Brodziansky. He averages 12 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point country.
Guard Malique Trent actually leads TCU in scoring averaging .2 more points per contest than Brodziansky, but he shoots only 39 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three.
Brandon Parrish is the No. 2 3-point marksman in the Big 12, connecting on 52 percent of his 3-point offerings. Interestingly enough, he also shoots a paltry 57 percent from the charity stripe. Go figure.
As a team, TCU is actually being outshot by the opposition 43 to 42 percent. The Frogs are plus-one in rebounding margin, but have also turned the ball over 38 more times than they’ve fashioned assists.
Much like TCU’s Malique Trent, Texas Tech’s Devaugntah Williams leads his team in scoring (14 points per game), but isn’t shooting the ball particularly well, converting only 39 percent of his attempts from the floor and 28 percent from distance. He does, however, shoot 85 percent from the free throw line, and pulls down four rebounds per contest.
Toddrick Gotcher is the glue that holds the Red Raiders together. In addition to averaging 11 points per game, he is an excellent rebounding guard, hauling down five boards per contest, while shooting at a 39-percent clip from beyond the arc, and 85 percent from the line. He also boasts a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.
Zach Smith leads Tech in rebounding with six per game, and also paces the Red Raiders in blocked shots with 20.
Team-wise, Texas Tech shoots 45 percent from the floor while holding opponents to 41 percent. From three-point range, however, the Red Raiders lag the opposition 30 percent to 33.