Southern Utah (1-4) at TCU (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 29, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: FS-SW. Home Record: SUU 1-0, TCU 4-1. Away Record: SUU 0-2, TCU 0-0. Neutral Record: SUU 0-2, TCU 1-1. Conference Record: SUU 0-0, TCU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah is set to take place at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth on Thursday.
Playing away from home for the fifth time in six games, the Thunderbirds have yet to win one contest outside of Cedar City. The squad began 2012-13 with four straight defeats to Gonzaga, Green Bay, Cal State Fullerton and Nevada, but finally last week the team landed in the win column with a 68-58 victory over Carroll College in the home opener at Centrum Arena giving head coach Nick Robinson his first career victory in the process.
As for the Horned Frogs, they've been far more successful in the early stages of the campaign with five wins in seven opportunities. Already the team has had a pair of two-game win streaks and is seeking a third tonight following a 76-73 victory over UAB as part of the South Padre Island Invitational over the weekend.
At home against Carroll College, the Thunderbirds were able to get 14 players into the game, spreading the wealth as the squad won by double digits. Damon Heuir was the top scorer for the hosts with his 16 points, although he did miss all five of his three-point tries, the team converting just 4-of-19 shots on the perimeter. Wade Collie accounted for 10 points and three steals, while Jaren Jeffery pulled down 11 rebounds to help the program record a 40-27 advantage on the glass. Jackson Stevenett, who missed last game as he rested an injury, is slated to be back in the starting lineup on Thursday which is a critical move for SUU since he is the leading scorer with 16.3 ppg and has also been an integral piece on the glass with close to six rebounds per outing. Heuir is in for another 11.4 ppg and is tops with 13 assists, but he is also one of countless players who have more turnovers than dishes, with the team averaging close to 22 miscues per outing.
Kyan Anderson was the key piece to the TCU offense against the Blazers on South Padre Island last week, scoring a career-high 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the floor and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line in the narrow three-point victory. Garlon Green was the only other player in double figures for the Horned Frogs with his 14 points as he nailed all but one of his seven field goal chances. The point total for Anderson is not only the most by a TCU player since January 2009, it is also the most scored by any player in the Big 12 so far this season. However, even with that huge effort, Anderson is now scoring a mere 12.0 ppg for a program that is generating only 55.3 ppg as they shoot 27.0 percent behind the three-point line and a disappointing 60.3 percent at the charity stripe. Luckily, the defense has managed to slow down opponents by limiting them to only 37.5 percent from the field, and 52.7 ppg.
As long as the TCU can find some open shots and the defense again controls the action against Southern Utah, expect the Frogs to jump into the win column once more.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 56, Southern Utah 57
11/29 10:37:25 ET