Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of teams in search of their first Big 12 Conference win of the season get together on Saturday afternoon, as the TCU Horned Frogs come calling on the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears.
TCU had run off five straight wins to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule, but the team has lost its first two Big 12 bouts, falling at home to both West Virginia (74-69) and Kansas State (65-47). The loss to the nationally-ranked Wildcats marked the lowest scoring output of the season for the Horned Frogs, who come into this contest at 9-5 overall, which includes a perfect 3-0 mark in true road games.
Baylor is coming off a loss as well, only its second in 14 games this season, as it dropped an 87-72 decision to a ranked Iowa State club in the Big 12 opener this past Tuesday. The Bears had won six in a row prior to that defeat, and their only other loss on the season came against Syracuse back on Nov. 27. Baylor is 8-0 at home this season, and has won 12 straight in Waco overall. The have won 18 of their last 19 meetings against in-state foes since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Baylor owns a 91-81 advantage in the all-time series with TCU, which includes a pair of victories last season.
Poor shooting was the primary culprit in TCU's recent loss to Kansas State, as the team made good on only 34.7 percent of its field goal attempts, which included a woeful 2-of-16 showing from 3-point range. Amric Fields and Kyan Anderson led the Horned Frogs with 14 and 12 points, respectively, and no other player scored more than eight points. While committing half the number of turnovers as their counterpart (18-9), the Frogs were beaten badly on the boards (37-21).
Anderson and Fields rank one-two on TCU's scoring chart for the season, netting 15.9 and 14.9 ppg, respectively, and they are joined in double figures by Brandon Parrish (10.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and Jarvis Ray (10.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg). The team as a whole is putting up just 68.5 ppg, but has done a nice job defensively by limiting the opposition to only 66.3 ppg. The Frogs are outrebounded most nights (-2.7), but they come up with more than 13 turnovers per outing.
Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip each scored 15 points, but those efforts went for naught as Baylor dropped a 15-point decision at Iowa State earlier in the week. Isaiah Austin was solid in logging a double-double consisting of 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Cory Jefferson pulled down 10 caroms for the Bears, who drained 11 3-pointers on the night. The most telling stat for the game was that BU committed nearly twice as many turnovers (19-10), while the Cyclones shot 54.8 percent from the floor, which included a 10-of-25 showing from beyond the arc.
Boasting four double-digit scorers, the Bears are putting up 78.4 ppg in hitting 49.7 percent of their field goal attempts, which includes a stellar 42.7 percent showing from 3-point land, the latter figure ranking in the top- five nationally. Defensively, Baylor yields 66.1 ppg, with opponents hitting only 40 percent of their total shots. Jefferson leads the way with 13.7 ppg, while also spearheading the team's rebounding effort with 8.4 caroms per contest. Kenny Chery (11.2 ppg, 5.2 apg) serves as the club's primary playmaker.