No. 23 TCU seems to proceed the nation’s longest profitable streak when it hosts Yale on Saturday at Schollmaier Area in Fort Value, Texas.
The Horned Frogs (7-zero) are winners of 12 consecutive video games, together with a 5-recreation run to the NIT championship final season.
TCU, which is having fun with its highest rating within the AP ballot because it was twenty first in January 1999, is coming off an 87-seventy six victory over Belmont on Wednesday night time. The Horned Frogs led by as many as 18 factors within the second half earlier than Belmont reduce its deficit to seventy seven-70 with 1:50 to go, so TCU coach Jamie Dixon discovered trigger for concern.
“Gosh, we’ve got to protect a bit of bit higher than that,” he stated.
“I assumed our offense was good. We unfold it round, 20 assists. … However the layups harm us. We’ve got to protect the dribble higher. That’s what we talked to our guys about.”
Yale (5-four) is available in having gained two video games this week — seventy six-sixty six over Delaware on Monday and eighty four-sixty seven towards Bryant on Wednesday. The Bulldogs have been picked in a preseason media ballot to complete second within the Ivy League behind Harvard, though Yale truly pulled in additional first-place votes (eight) than Harvard (six).
Yale’s losses embrace at Creighton and Wisconsin to start out the season.
“Having the expertise of going to an enormous area, enjoying an enormous-time workforce like Wisconsin and Creighton, I feel that have goes to be actually good for us going into TCU,” guard Alex Copeland advised The Yale Every day Information.
“We all know how intense we’ve to be, and now that we’ve truly gained some video games … and simply performed in some shut video games, we’re higher ready to do what it takes to win.”
TCU has 5 gamers averaging double-digit factors, led by Vlad Brodziansky at 15.7. The 6-foot-eleven senior from Slovakia had 22 factors towards Belmont, making 5 of 6 three-level photographs. Sophomore guard Desmond Bane is averaging thirteen.6 factors and capturing sixty two.5 % from past the arc (15 of 24).
The opposite prime scorers: senior guard Kenrich Williams (12.four), sophomore guard Jaylen Fisher (10.three) and junior ahead JD Miller (10.three). The versatile Williams has posted three consecutive double-doubles and is averaging 10.1 rebounds.
The Belmont recreation wasn’t the primary time this season, although, that TCU did not put away a workforce within the second half. Dixon went again to speaking about protection and the way Belmont made 19 of 24 photographs from 2-level vary.
“We have now to be a staff that matures,” Dixon stated.
“We’re a very younger workforce. We have now six returning guys that performed. We’ve received to complete video games higher and play forty minutes of nice basketball — which is an impossibility, however we have now to maintain.”
By means of video games of Nov. 30, Yale was seventeenth nationally in assists per recreation (19.1) and seventh in complete three-pointers made (86 of 243. 35.four %).
Whereas the Bulldogs will current some issues for TCU’s protection, these challenges aren’t what they might be. Yale has been enjoying with out gifted sophomore ahead Jordan Bruner (out for season with a meniscus damage) and guard Makai Mason, a former first-workforce All-Ivy performer who missed final season due to damage and continues to be recovering from a preseason stress fracture in his left foot. He probably is out till mid-January.
Yale is led by 6-7 sophomore Miye Oni, who’s averaging 15.6 factors. Ahead Blake Reynolds averages eleven.four factors, and guard Alex Copeland is at eleven.1.
That is the primary assembly between TCU and Yale.
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