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TCU Basketball Preview Series: Southeastern Louisiana

We are counting down the days to the start of the 2015-2016 TCU Basketball season with daily previews of the Frogs opponents. Our journey starts today with a look at the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

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Basketball season is rapidly approaching!

One month from today the TCU Horned Frogs will take the court to open the 2015-2016 season. Join us over the next 31 days as we preview the opponents, profile the players, and get ready for another season of Horned Frog Basketball. Our extensive season preview begins today with a look at TCU's first opponent of the season, the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

Game 1: Southeastern Louisiana Lions

Game Information

Date: Friday, November 13
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena - Fort Worth, TX
TV: FOX College Sports

Know the Foe

Conference: Southland
Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Head Coach: Jay Ladner

2014-2015 Record: 9-23 (6-12)
Postseason: None
Key Losses: G Cedric Jenkins, C Devonte Upson, F Onochie Ochie
Key Returners: G Zay Jackson, G Joshua Filmore, F Daniel Grieves
New Additions: G Marlain Veal, G Dimi Cook, F James Currington

Summary

After pulling in respectable recruiting class and adding a handful of JuCo transfers, the Lions are looking to build upon their 11th place finish in the Southland Conference under second-year head coach Jay Ladner. The Lions return their top two scorers from a year ago in Zay Jackson and Joshua Filmore. The duo of guards combined to average 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. Jackson figures to be a big piece of SELA's offense in his senior season.

The Lions will look to their young core to step up this season, as the team's only other double-digit scorers are no longer with the program. Cedric Jenkins and Deconte Upson averaged 11.2 and 10.8 points per game respectively a year ago. A big key for Southeastern Louisiana this year will be whether or not the team can increase scoring and rebounding margins. The Lions averaged just 68.3 points per game and was outrebounded by more than 11 boards per game last season.

Prediction

TCU 74, Southeastern Louisiana 58

The Frogs will open the 2015-2016 season as big favorites over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. If all goes according to plan, TCU will christen the newly renovated $80 million Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena with a solid win. The Lions provide a relatively easy opponent for TCU to begin their big rebuild on offense after losing much of their scoring core.

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Opponent Team Previews:
Game 1: Southeastern Louisiana
Game 2: Houston Baptist (10/14)
Game 3: South Dakota State (10/15)
Game 4: Rhode Island (10/16)
Game 5: Maryland /Illinois State (10/18)
Game 6: SMU (10/19)
Game 7: Colgate (10/20)
Game 8: Washington (10/21)
Game 9: Prairie View A&M (10/22)
Game 10: Abilene Christian (10/23)
Game 11: Bradley (10/24)
Game 12: Delaware State (10/25)
Games 13 & 24: Oklahoma State (10/26)
Games 14 & 25: West Virginia (10/27)
Games 15 & 20: Texas (10/28)
Games 16 & 29: Baylor (10/30)
Games 17 & 23: Kansas (10/31)
Games 18 & 28: Texas Tech (11/1)
Games 19 & 27: Iowa State (11/2)
Game 21: Tennessee (11/3)
Games 22 & 31: Oklahoma (11/4)
Games 26 & 30: Kansas State (11/5)