Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Horned Frogs head down to Houston to face the Owls, trying to get to 8-4 on the season.
Time/TV: 7:00 pm Central, Not Televised. (Listen to the play by play on 88.7 KTCU)
After snapping a two game losing streak on Tuesday, the Frogs now look to start a winning streak with a win over the Rice Owls.
Rice is 3-7 on the season, with bad losses to the likes of Drexel, Hartford and the NAIA's St. Thomas. They average 59.1 points per game, about four points more than TCU, but they're shooting only 39.1% as a team on the season. They're lead by senior guard Tamir Jackson, who is averaging 17.3 points per game to go with 7.3 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game, all team leading stats.
Paired with Jackson in the backcourt is sophomore Julian DeBose. DeBose is averaging 9.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
The downfall for Rice though is that Jackson and DeBose are combining for over five turnovers per game, which isn't good considering they are the main ball handlers.
Rice is also a poor rebounding team, averaging just 28 boards per game. TCU should dominate the glass in this game with Devonta Abron and Adrick McKinney taking the Rice big men to task.
Look for Conell Crossland to get more minutes tonight, and for the next few months, as he will need to fill the void left by Jarvis Ray. Ray injured his right foot against Southern on Tuesday, and is out for the next 6-8 weeks.
Garlon Green had the hot hand against Southern, and he should be able to continue his scoring ways with ease against Rice.
All in all, I feel like TCU should win this game pretty handily.