|No. 22/22 Baylor (12-3, 2-1) vs. TCU (9-6, 1-2)|
Jan. 13, 2016 | 7:15 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPNEWS and WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
TCU had one of the softest non-conference schedules in the country this season, ranking 345th nationally according to KenPom. In that time, the Frogs racked up losses to such powers as South Dakota State and Rhode Island. After opening Big XII play with losses to Oklahoma State at home and West Virginia on the road, they managed to squeak past Texas at home in a brutal 58-57 game.
As Andrew Felts noted in our Q&A, no single player has totally stepped up to fill Kyan Anderson's place, although sophomore point guard Chauncey Collins seems poised to become the offensive leader with Brandon Parrish and Karviar Shepherd at his side.
TCU sports the 50th defense in adjusted efficiency, in large part because they have forced opponents to turn the ball over 22% of the time. Turnovers have been somewhat problematic for the Bears so far this season. If Lester Medford, Taurean Prince, Al Freeman, and Jake Lindsey can limit their turnovers, that will go a long ways in stymying TCU's offense.
The other way Baylor can control the game is on the glass. Rico Gathers sat out the closing stretch against ISU, so expect him to play with a bit more fire tonight as he proves his importance to this team. Johnathan Motley and Terry Maston should also be looking to continue their run of excellent play against a sizable but fairly young TCU frontline.