TCU (7-4) at Rice (3-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 22, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tudor Fieldhouse (5,208) -- Houston, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: TCU 6-2, Rice 3-3. Away Record: TCU 0-1, Rice 0-1. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, Rice 0-3. Conference Record:TCU 0-0, Rice 0-0. Series Record: Rice leads, 87-86
GAME NOTES: The Rice Owls try to string back-to-back wins together for the first time this season, as they welcome the TCU Horned Frogs to Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
Rice snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, as Tamir Jackson scored a game-high 22 points and the Owls sank their free throws down the stretch to defeat Chicago State, 63-60, in overtime.
Austin Ramljak also scored in double figures with 10 points, while Seth Gearhart added nine points. The latter also blocked a pair of shots and was one of three Owls to collect four rebounds on the night.
Max Guercy added eight points, four rebounds and three assists, while Julian DeBose dished out four of Rice's 11 assists. The sophomore added five points and a pair of steals.
TCU, meanwhile, halted a two-game losing streak of its own on Tuesday, as Garlon Green scored 20 points to lead the Horned Frogs to one of their most complete performances of the season, a 68-57 victory over Southern at Daniel- Meyer Coliseum.
These teams are certainly no stranger to one another, as Rice holds a slight edge in the all-time matchup, 87-86. The Horned Frogs, though, have won two of the last three meetings.
It was a complete effort for TCU against Southern, as the team shot an even 50 percent from the floor overall (24-of-48) and beyond the arc (4-of-8). The Frogs also worked the ball inside resulting in several trips to the foul line, where they made 16-of-23 attempts. Senior forward Adrick McKinney continued his breakout season with another strong performance featuring 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. It was the fifth straight game that he led the Frogs on the glass and he has now pulled down nine or more boards in three straight contests. McKinney's effort helped TCU win the rebounding battle (33-29) for the first time in four games, while also taking care of the ball. The Frogs turned the ball over just 10 times, its lowest figure of the season.
Despite the win over Chicago State, the Owls were once again dominated on the glass, 47-23. That's been a common theme this season as Rice is averaging 10.4 rebounds less per game than its opponents, including its contests versus Division II opposition. Jackson has done a nice job trying to guide the team to wins. The 6-3 senior is leading the team with 17.3 points and 7.3 boards per game. However, Jackson is shooting only 38.9 percent from the field and turning the ball over 3.1 times per contest.
TCU should have no trouble in this Lone Star State showdown and will pick up its first road win of the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 72, Rice 65
12/22 10:45:14 ET