NCAA Basketball News
T-C-U (18-14) at Oregon State (20-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, March 19, 10:00 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gill Coliseum (10,400) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: HDNet. CBI Record: TCU 1-0, Oregon State 6-2. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational continues tonight, as the TCU Horned Frogs have made the trek to the Pacific Northwest to tangle with the Oregon State Beavers.
The winner will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday to face an opponent to be decided.
TCU earned a home victory against Milwaukee in the first round, 83-73, bringing its all-time postseason tournament record to 15-13. The Horned Frogs have been solid this year, going 18-14 overall and 7-7 in a Mountain West Conference that sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament, although they have won just three of 11 bouts on the road.
Oregon State advanced to today's quarterfinals by cruising to an 80-59 win over Western Illinois in its first-round tilt, and in the process it clinched its first 20-win season since 1990. The Beavers have now won six CBI games in the tournament's short history, which includes the 2009 title.
Oregon State won the only previous meeting between these two teams back on Dec. 26, 1987.
TCU put on a shooting clinic in its 10-point victory over Milwaukee, draining 50 percent of its field goal attempts, including 10-of-21 from three-point range, and it threw in a 19-of-24 night from the foul line for good measure. The Horned Frogs spread the floor incredibly well with six players scoring in double figures, led by Amric Fields and Craig Williams with 15 points apiece. The balanced attack is no rare feat for TCU, as six different players average at least 8.0 ppg. Hank Thorns has been the team's most effective player this year, scoring 13.5 ppg and dishing out a team-high 4.7 apg. J.R. Cadot adds 11.2 ppg on 50.2 percent shooting and he also rips down 7.0 rpg. Although the offense has been very effective for TCU (71.9 ppg), the club has been let down on more than one occasion by a defense that permits nearly the same amount of points (71.2 ppg).
Oregon State was the top scoring team in the Pac-12 this year and one of the best in the nation, pouring in 79.0 ppg, and it continued that output in its first-round win over Western Illinois. Although OSU committed an alarming number of turnovers (23), it was able to make up for it by connecting on an outstanding 65.2 percent of its field goal attempts. Jared Cunningham had yet another impressive outing for the Beavers, going 9-of-14 from the field for 22 points, while also tallying eight boards, five assists and three steals. On a team full of potent scorers, Cunningham is the catalyst, netting 17.8 ppg, second-best in the Pac-12. He also comes up with a league-high 2.6 spg. Devon Collier is a dangerous player in the paint, netting 13.2 ppg on 61.3 percent field goal efficiency, and Ahmad Starks puts up 12.3 ppg on the strength of 78 three-pointers. Much like TCU, Oregon State's defense has been its Achilles' heel this season, resulting in a league-worst 72.5 ppg allowed.
With these two teams possessing great scoring power and sub-standard defenses, this is bound to be a shootout. But with Oregon State manning its home floor, expect the Beavers to outlast the Horned Frogs and advance to the semifinals.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 87, TCU 83
03/19 10:36:27 ET