Tonight, the Texas Tech basketball team will be on the road for the third time in its last four games when the Red Raiders travel to Fort Worth to face No. 25 TCU. Coming off of an emotional win at Oklahoma, can the Red Raiders move to 6-1 in Big 12 play and 17-3 overall?
Texas Tech @ TCU broadcast info
Tip: 6 P.M. CST
TV: ESPN2 Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play), Chris Spatola (analyst)
RADIO: DOUBLE T 97.3 FM Geoff Haxton (play-by-play), Chris Level (analyst)
Texas Tech @ TCU game notes
(All game notes courtesy of TexasTech.com)
The Horned Frogs have won three straight in the series after sweeping last season. Tech has won six of the last 10 but will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak at Schollmaier Arena.
Tech leads the all-time series 86-55. In games played in Fort Worth, the series is tied 33-33.
The 16-3 record is the best for the program since starting the 2003-04 season with a 16-3 record (were 16-4 through 20 games). The 1995-96 team was 18-1 for the best start and went 30-2 overall… The James Dickey team was 30-1 before falling to Georgetown in the 1996 Sweet 16 in Atlanta.
The 5-1 Big 12 record is officially the best six-game start in program history in the Big 12 era – but also matches the 1996-97 season which had its games forfeited. Tech was 4-0 to start the 2018-19 Big 12 season but lost three in a row – the team would win its final nine Big 12 games to earn the 2019 Big 12 regular-season championship with a 14-4 conference record (31-7 overall).
Tech is now 2-0 in one-point decisions with the 85-84 win at Oklahoma following its 60-59 win over K-State was its first one-point win of the season. The Red Raiders are 3-0 in games decided by five points or less.
Texas Tech @ TCU prediction
This is an intriguing matchup because TCU is one of the tallest teams in the nation and Texas Tech is not. Will that be a problem for the Red Raiders?
The Frogs will be yet another team to test Tech's ability to rebound. They rank 4th in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding and 6th in defensive rebounding.
Emanuel Miller will be a player that Tech has to contend with. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound wing is averaging 16.8 points and 6 rebounds per game. He's going to be quite the matchup problem for Darrion Williams in this one.
One area where TCU struggles is 3-point shooting. That's because they are averaging only 6.3 made shots from beyond the arc per game, tied with Kansas for last in the conference.
Though TCU's home arena isn't all that intimidating of a place to play, they have lost just once at home in Big 12 play, to an Iowa State team that's rocketing up the top-25 rankings. Plus, the Frogs will do everything to try to keep the Red Raider faithful out of the building.
Ultimately, I'm leaning toward the Frogs in this game. Their length gives me pause and the odds are that the Red Raiders are due for a dud on the road at some point. The third road game in the last four games might be the perfect time for that. It's been a quick turnaround since a really physical game at Oklahoma and I don't know if Tech will have the legs to pull out another tough road win.
Prediction: TCU 79 - Texas Tech 73