Is TCU facing Texas Tech at wrong time?
With a Big Dance berth hanging in the balance, Texas Tech tackles in-state rival TCU this evening at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The Red Raiders are online sports book Bovada.lv’s 7-point favorites entering the Big 12 tournament’s opening-round nightcap. Third-year coach Tubby Smith clearly has his troops clicking on all cylinders at the right time, as they posted victories in six of the final eight regular-season affairs.
One more triumph should ensure Texas Tech’s first NCAA tourney appearance since the 2006-07 campaign. That means disposing of the Horned Frogs, who captured just two of 18 conference affairs. Despite considerable stat-stuffing from Chauncey Collins (11.8 points per game) and Malique Trent (11.5), Trent Johnson’s program wallows at the bottom of the league in field-goal percentage (40.7), scoring margin (minus-4.4 per contest) and rebounding margin (minus-2.7).
The Red Raiders also buried TCU on two occasions earlier in 2016. With the selection committee paying close attention to tonight’s proceedings, expect another trouncing.
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