TCU will play its first game in a week when the Horned Frogs host Illinois State on Tuesday night at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena. The Horned Frogs are off to a 5-1 start, with their lone loss coming on the road against Clemson. The Redbirds are 3-4, but they broke their four-game losing skid with a win against Illinois-Springfield on Friday.
Illinois State looking to spring upsetIllinois State opened its season with a win against Belmont, which is still its best win of the season. The Redbirds followed that game up with a victory against Little Rock to get to 2-0 on the year. Then came a four-game losing skid that included losses against UCF, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Grand Canyon. They got back on the winning track with a 76-57 win against Illinois-Springfield on Friday night, despite shooting 3 of 16 from the 3-point line. Illinois State was 15 of 15 from the free-throw line.
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The Redbirds are led by senior guard Zach Copeland, who is scoring 14.9 points per game. He has made the most 3-pointers on the team, hitting 16 of 42 from distance. Sophomore guard Dedric Boyd is the team’s second-leading scorer with 12.6 points per game. He has come off the bench in all seven games and is the most efficient shooter on the squad at 13 of 30 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Rey Idowu is adding 7.3 points per game and leads the team with 4.7 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Ricky Torres is scoring 7.0 points per game and is the best distributor with 3.9 assists per outing.
TCU back for first game in a weekTCU is off to a 5-1 start this season, including wins in its first four games of the year. The Horned Frogs picked up wins over Southwestern, Louisiana, Air Force and UC Irvine to open the season. Their lone loss came in the fifth game—a 62-60 overtime loss on the road against Clemson. TCU led by 15 points, but Clemson erased the deficit and won in overtime. The Horned Frogs bounced back with a 64-47 win against Wyoming last Tuesday. They forced 13 turnovers, while turning the ball over just eight times.
The Horned Frogs are led by senior guard Desmond Bane, who is scoring 18.0 points per game. He is also the team’s second-leading rebounder with 7.3 boards per contest. He has been the most prolific shooter on the squad, hitting 20 of 43 attempts from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard RJ Nembhard is the second-leading scorer with 13.4 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. He is 9 of 27 from distance. Sophomore center Kevin Samuel leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game, including 3.7 on the offensive glass. He is also the only other player in double figures, averaging 10.8 points per game. Senior guard Edric Dennis Jr. is adding 9.5 points per game and Jaire Grayer is scoring 8.8 points per outing.
Illinois State is:
- 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games following three or more consecutive home games
- 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600
- 2-6 ATS in its last eight games following an ATS win
- 1-4 ATS in its last five games following a win
- 1-4 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a losing record