Texas Tech will look to break its three-game losing skid on Saturday when it hosts Texas Christian, which is mired in a seven-game losing streak. It has been a frustrating season for both Big 12 squads who have gone a combined 2-13 in the conference and finished 2-13 for January. The two teams met on Jan. 18 with Texas Tech prevailing, 60-49, as TCU shot only 20.4 percent and missed 18 of its first 19 shots from the field.
Texas Tech is coming off a 66-58 loss to Kansas State in which the Red Raiders launched 56 shots, but hit only 33.9 percent from the floor, as their second-half comeback fell short. The Horned Frogs, who have yet to win in 2014, will have had a week to recuperate from a 91-69 hammering at home by No. 11 Kansas last Saturday. It has been an especially rough road lately for TCU, with the Jayhawks marking the fourth ranked opponent at the time that the Horned Frogs had faced in their last six games.
TV: 1:30 p.m. ET, Big 12 Network, ESPN3
ABOUT TEXAS CHRISTIAN (9-10, 0-7 Big 12): Guard Kyan Anderson has been the Horned Frogs' steadiest all-around option, leading the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game, free-throw shooting (83 percent) and assists (4.7). Forward Amric Fields is averaging 13.8 points and has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight outings while freshman forward Brandon Parrish is averaging 10.4 points per game and had a team-high 15 points against Kansas. TCU may be without its leading rebounder in 6-10 center Karviar Shepherd, who injured his hand against Kansas and is averaging 7.4 boards this season.
ABOUT TEXAS TECH (10-11, 2-6): The Red Raiders have shared the scoring load, led by forward Jaye Crockett, who is averaging 14.3 points per game and shooting 55 percent from the floor. Forward Jordan Tolbert, averaging 11.4 points, and guard Robert Turner (10) have also helped out. Texas Tech's strong suit has been at the foul line where it leads the Big 12 shooting 74.7 percent with sophomore Dusty Hannahs shooting an amazing 93.3 percent, hitting 42 of 45 free throws.
1. The Red Raiders have come up short by an average of 6.7 points in their six Big 12 losses.
2. The two Texas rivals meet for the 123rd time with the Red Raiders owning a 75-47 series advantage.
3. TCU has gone 7-1 this season when leading at halftime.
PREDICTION: Texas Tech 73, TCU 65