Coming off a home victory against Wyoming, the men’s basketball team faces a stiff test on the road against the San Diego State Aztecs this Saturday.
The Horned Frogs enter the contest with 9-8 overall record and are 2-1 in the Mountain West after a 62-59 win over Wyoming Tuesday night.
“I’m just looking for consistency,” said TCU head coach Jim Christian. “That’s the one thing that’s been a struggle for us.”
The Aztecs are coming off consecutive losses to UNLV and Wyoming after beating then-No. 14 New Mexico at home 74-64. San Diego State has a 12-5 overall record and are 1-2 in Mountain West play.
“They’re athletic as you can get,” said Christian. “They’re experienced up front. They’re good. It’s a really good test going into their building.”
Senior guard Keion Mitchem said the Aztecs size and home court could pose some problems for the Horned Frogs.
TCU has a 1-5 road record this season while the Aztecs are undefeated at home with an 8-0 record. San Diego State won both games last season against the Horned Frogs.
“We’ve gone to tough places and winning on the road in this league is not the easiest thing to do,” said Christian. “When you go on the road your battling more things. You’re battling crowds. You’re battling the travel. You’ve got to be more focused. You got to have more energy and you’ve got to take the advantage of the opportunities you get on the road.”
The Aztecs won the first meeting last season in San Diego, 67-50. Horned Frog forward Zvonko Buljan scored 14 points in the loss. TCU guards Ronnie Moss and Edvinas Ruzgas both scored 10 points.
In the second meeting last year, the Horned Frogs dropped a heartbreaker in overtime 79-77. Moss was the leading scorer in the game with a then career-high 22 points. Buljan had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ruzgas also scored 11 points in the game.
Moss leads the team in scoring and assists. He averages 14.1 points and 5.8 assists a game.
Buljan is the second leading scorer and the leading rebounder for the Frogs. He averages close to a double-double with 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds a game. Senior guard Edvinas Ruzgas is averaging 13 points a game for TCU.
San Diego State has four players that average double-digit scoring a game. Junior forward Billy White is the leading scorer for the Aztecs. He averages 11.8 points a game.
Men’s Basketball at San Diego State
When: Saturday, Jan. 16
Time: 9 p.m. Central Time
Where: San Diego
The game is scheduled for broadcast on The Mtn.