TCU heads up to Norman today to take on Oklahoma in their final game of the regular season. The Frogs will be looking for a win in order to solidify their chances of getting into the NIT. For more on the game check out the full preview here. Here are three things to know and watch for in today's matchup.
1 - Winning the Bench Battle
In the first matchup between these two schools, it was the bench for Oklahoma that kept the Sooners in the game for the most part. The bench for the Sooners was responsible for 35 of the team’s 57 points. Of those 35 points, 21 came from McGusty and Darrion Strong-Moore, who have both since worked their way into the starting lineup. In that first game, TCU had 27 of their 60 points come from the bench. Today’s game very well could come down to the which bench outplays the other, which could be TCU’s advantage with the Frogs’ experienced bench.
2 - Controlling the Paint
One of the major matchups to watch today will be Vlad vs. Lattin in the post. Neither really had much of an impact in the first meeting between the teams, but if one can outshine the other today, it could be the difference. Over the past couple of games, Vlad has looked much more comfortable when getting doubled and has continued to show an excellent touch around the rim. While Vlad is more of a skilled big man, Lattin is an explosive athlete that will try to use his strength to cause problems. It’ll be interesting to watch how these styles clash and if either player can be the x-factor.
3 - Brandon Parrish Nearing a School Record
If Parrish gets his name called into the game today and in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament, he will tie Kyan Anderson and Garlon Green for the school record for most career games played. Should TCU advance in the Big 12 Tournament or get chosen for the NIT, he would have a chance to sit atop that list alone. It would be a neat honor for the senior who has become a fan favorite through his passionate style of play and his work off the court with animals.
So, come watch the game and chat with us and let's hope the Frogs come away with the road victory.
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