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Huskers head south for the next round in the NIT

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Kansas State vs. Texas Christian William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Christian University Preview

Date: Sunday, March 24th

Time: 8:30pm CST

Location: Fort Worth, TX

TV: ESPNU

Head Coach: Jamie Dixon (3rd Season)

2018-19 Record: 21-13 (7-11 Big 12 Conference)

Preview

The Horned Frogs ended the year tied for 8th place in the Big 12 conference. As the record indicates, it was not a terrible year but it was also not a great year. They ran through a fairly easy non conference slate that had them 11-1 before the conference season started. It was there in conference play that brought the Horned Frogs back to reality. They were an NCAA Tournament team last year but could not repeat.

They’re a fast pace team that likes to run up and down the court and wear the opposing team down. Something that might not bode well for the Huskers if Nebraska get’s dry shooting.

TCU is lead by Desmond Bane. The 6’5” guard has averaged 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. All while shooting a very nice 50% from the field. Bane will be their number one threat against the Huskers but I do like our chances against him. He matches up fairly well against Watson and should be kept in check for the most part. The only worry is if he does get on a hot streak. His play garnered hims All Big 12 Second Team honors.

Next to Bane is guard Alex Robinson. Alex along with Bane make this TCU a problem on the perimeter. This third team All Big 12 honoree is averaging 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and a whopping 7.1 assists per game for the Horned Frogs.

As for threats in the paint, you have Kouat Noi at forward. He has averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds this season. He is 6’7” and just over 200lbs so Kouat is not the biggest threat the Huskers have seen this year but will be athletic enough to pose a threat as the game goes on. He is good but not good enough to give Roby problems unless Roby decided to get into foul trouble early on.

Prediction

TCU is a up tempo team. They like to press and press early. Nebraska, on the other hand, likes to take the game down to their own pace. If TCU gets hot early they could easily wear Nebraska down as the Huskers do not have the bench to keep the legs fresh. If this becomes a track meet, Nebraska will suffer.

However, if Nebraska can slow the pace down it can take control of the game. Teams that get thrown off their rhythm can easily get caught up in trying to get it back. TCU is a decent team but does not have the talent to do so.

With that said, this game could go either way. TCU is one of the top scoring offenses in the Big 12 and Nebraska will have to play tough defense to control. Lucky for Nebraska, defense is something they do well. Offense for Nebraska is hot or miss and will most likely determine who wins this night.

I could be wrong but I see Nebraska taking their end of season momentum into this game and gaining another win closer to the NIT championship.

University of Nebraska 78 Texas Christian University 73