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Preview: Oklahoma State at TCU

The Cowboys look to regroup in Fort Worth.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Baylor Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys struggled to get anything going at home against Kansas State. They look to turn it around against the other purple team in the Big 12 as they head to Fort Worth.


Who: TCU (15-6, 3-5 Big 12)

Where: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena - Fort Worth, Texas

When: Wednesday Feb. 5, 2019 - 8:00 p.m. CST

TV: ESPNU

Web Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network / TuneIn

Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com


Injury Report:

Oklahoma State:

Trey Reeves: Out for season (Foot)

Duncan Demuth: Questionable (Back)

TCU:

Alex Robinson: Probable (Wrist)


Projected Starters:

Oklahoma State:

TCU:

G Alex Robinson (Sr), G Desmond Bane (Jr), F Kouat Noi (So), F JD Miller (Sr), C Kevin Samuel (Fr)


The Opponent:

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Baylor Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

TCU (KenPom No. 37) comes into this game on a short two game road slide after beating Florida (KenPom No. 36) in the Big 12 - SEC challenge. After a strong non-conference record against a weaker non-conference schedule, TCU has struggled some in conference. After dropping their two most recent games, TCU falls to 3-5 and seventh in the conference.

Coach Jamie Dixon is in his third year as head coach of his alma mater in what has been a remarkable turnaround for a TCU squad that was living at the bottom of the Big 12 standings before his arrival. The Horned Frogs are looking to return the tournament for a second year after breaking a 20-year drought last season. The Frogs are led by forward Kouat Noi (14.9 ppg) and guards Desmond Bane (14.4 ppg) annd Alex Robinson (12.8 ppg).


Statistics:

ESPN

Three Things to Watch For:

  1. Bullets left in the chamber:

The Cowboys may be down to six (6!!) scholarship players available with Duncan Demuth questionable. This is not the recipe for success. Who will be available on Wednesday night in Fort Worth and will they have enough firepower down the stretch to keep the game close?

2. Efficiency:

TCU is a well balanced team with the 52nd ranked defensive efficiency and 33rd offensive efficiency. TCU will look down to wear down the beleaguered Cowboys squad and the Cowboys will need to shoot much better than they did against Kansas State to have a shot.

3. On the road again:

Oklahoma State is coming off a stretch where they played four of five at home. They now play three of their next four on the road, starting in Fort Worth.