After two disappointing losses on the road, the Horned Frogs hope to redeem themselves at home when they take on Utah Saturday night at 5 p.m. at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. In their last game, the Frogs (10-10, 1-4 MWC) lost to Brigham Young University (18-1, 4-0 MWC) 83-67. The victory was the eighth straight for the Cougars.
Freshmen forward Amric Fields said the Horned Frogs need to work on their transition defense after their loss to BYU.
“I think we had a lot of positives, but BYU is a really good transition team, and I think we could improve in transition defense,” Fields said. “I think we really need to work on that for Utah.” .
Junior guard Ronnie Moss led TCU with 27 points in a losing effort, matching a season high in points on 10 of 17 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the three-point range.
Utah is coming off of two consecutive conference wins. The Utes (9-10,2-3 MWC) defeated New Mexico (13-6,1-3 MWC) Wednesday night, 82-72.
The Utes connected on 10 of their first 14 shots from the field, which helped them achieve their highest single-game offensive output in conference play this season.
Utah sophomore guard Josh Watkins scored a game high 22 points, while freshman forward J.J. O’Brien scored a career high of 18 points. He also lead the game with 10 rebounds.
“I know they are a good team coming off of a big win over New Mexico so their confidence is high, I’m sure they will play really hard against us so we need to come out fighting,” Fields said.
Head basketball coach Jim Christian is ready to be play back at home.
“I’m looking forward to being back home, we play really well at home and it’s still early enough in the conference race they we can get some key wins and build some momentum,” Christian said. “I think we can move our program in the way we want it to go.”
Christian said it’s ultimately up to the team to get the win at home.
“It’s going to be up to our guys to be ready to play and understand we are playing a good Utah team and we that we have to take care of our home court advantage here,” he said.
Who: TCU vs. Utah
When Saturday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m.
Where; Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
TV: The Mtn.
Radio: 88.7 FM (KTCU) and 820 AM (WBAP)
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