Preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs

The Red Raiders travel to Ft. Worth to take on the Horned Frogs. We’ve got the preview to tonight’s game.

Game Details:

Date: Wednesday, February 25th
Time: 7:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-16, 2-13)
Bad Guys: TCU Horned Frogs (16-11, 3-11)
Location: Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center | Ft. Worth, TX
TV/Stream: FSSW Plus
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App

Starting Lineup

Pts / Reb Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Keenan Evans (6-3/175) 5.6 / 1.3* Kyan Anderson (5-11/175) 13.0 / 4.2*
SHOOTING GUARD Toddrick Gotcher (6-4/200) 7.1 / 2.5 Trey Zeigler (6-5/203) 9.0 / 4.0
SMALL FORWARD Zach Smith (6-8/205) 5.9 / 5.0 Kenrich Williams (6-7/195) 8.6 / 6.5
POWER FORWARD Norense Odiase (6-9/270) 6.7 / 4.7 Chris Washburn (6-7/240) 6.8 / 5.9
CENTER Isaiah Manderson (6-10/240) 4.3 / 2.9 Karviar Shepherd (6-10/225) 6.5 / 5.8

* Assists.

Three Keys to the Game:

1. Scouting the Horned Frogs. The Horned Frogs were in a bad way, real bad way, losing seven in a row, before winning two games against Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Then Kansas happened, where TCU played really well in Lawrence, only losing by 9. That’s actually really impressive. No lie. TCU is actually a pretty good team and more than anything, I’m curious as to how they will be next year with so many seniors on the team. I think TCU is really a borderline NIT team if they want to pay for the hosting and things of that nature, but they have a heck of a way to finish: Texas Tech, @ OU, @ OSU and Iowa State.

2. Stats. TCU is still pretty close to Texas Tech in a lot of statisical categories, but they’ve got Anderson, who is significantly better at point guard. Still, I think that’s the bigest difference between these two teams.

TCU is playing terrifically defensively, a top 20 team on that end of the floor, while they do still struggle offensively, ranking 131st offensively and 53rd overall.  Believe it or not, Texas Tech is actually improving although they are losing games, moving up to 168th overall, 262nd in AdjO and 91st in AdjD.

*AdjO and AdjD via KenPom.

3. Matching Up. Oh, man, Tubby Smith isn’t playing at the end of the year. Smith made significant changes to the starting lineup and he went with that lineup for pretty much the entire Oklahoma game, replacing Robert Turner and DeVaugntah Williams with Evans and Gotcher and then moving Smith to small forward and then going big inside with Odiase at power forward and Manderson at center. Turner and Williams didn’t play much at all, so it will be incredibly interesting to see how this plays out for the rest of the year.


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