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TCU Basketball Preview Series: Houston Baptist

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 continues today with a look at the Houston Baptist Huskies.

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As basketball season approaches, we are taking a daily look at each of TCU's 2015-2016 opponents. Today we preview the Houston Baptist Huskies, who the Frogs will take on in the second game of the year. The contest makes up the on-campus portion of the Cancun Challenge.

Game 2: Houston Baptist Huskies

Game Information

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena - Fort Worth, TX
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus

Know the Foe

Conference: Southland
Location: Houston, Texas
Head Coach: Ron Cottrell

2014-2015 Record: 12-16 (7-11)
Postseason: None
Key Losses: G Marcel Smith, C Ricmonda Vilde
Key Returners: G Anthony Odunsi, F Colter Lasher, G Reveal Chukwujekwu
New Additions: G Nic Thomas, Asa Cantwell, C Isaiah Robinson

Summary

Houston Baptist's biggest advantage heading into the season will be their experience. The team returns 11 players from a year ago, including four of their top five scorers. Head coach Ron Cottrell is also set to begin his 22nd year with the team. Cottrell will have his work cut out for him this season as the Huskies are looking to improve on their eighth place finish in the Southland Conference.

The Huskies rely on a balanced scoring and rebounding attack. A year ago, the team averaged 72.4 points per game despite having just two players averaging in double-digits. The team also excelled on the glass, averaging 37.9 rebounds per game while holding their opponents to less than 25.

Prediction

TCU 80, Houston Baptist 66

TCU should improve to 2-0 on the year after their first two games. Houston Baptist will likely provide somewhat of a challenge for the Frogs on the boards, but TCU's defense looks to be significantly better than the Huskies' offense.

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Opponent Team Previews:
Game 1: Southeastern Louisiana
Game 2: Houston Baptist
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)