Two of the hottest scorers in the nation will match wits Sunday when Texas Christian hosts Texas Southern. The Horned Frogs' Kyan Anderson is coming off back-to-back games of 27 and 25 points, respectively. But the Tigers' Aaric Murray almost had that many points in one game, scoring 48 - the most in Division I this year - in Texas Southern's 90-89 victory at Temple on Dec. 18.
Murray, a 6-10 center who transferred from West Virginia, has been consistently good all season, scoring in double figures in 10 of 11 games and leading Texas Southern with 24.5 points per game. Anderson leads TCU in scoring at 16.1 points, though he's been hot lately, averaging 20.8 points and shooting 53.4 percent from the floor over his last five contests. Which team can play the better team defense against a hot hand should determine the winner of this non-conference affair.
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ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN (4-7): Murray's outstanding game against Temple was impressive, but the question is, how does he - and the Tigers - follow it up? Murray, who is at his third Division I college, has always had the talent but struggled to get along with others at his previous stops, so what will Murray's big game do to his attitude and relationship with his coaches and fellow players? If Murray can keep the game in perspective, and not expect his role on the team to change because of it, he and the Tigers will be better for it.
ABOUT TCU (8-3): The Horned Frogs are feeling good about their play this season and the 8-3 mark they take into their non-conference finale against Texas Southern, but also know the Big 12 slate is coming up. The league looks very deep, with every team sporting a winning non-conference record, and Texas Christian went just 2-16 in Big 12 play a year ago. "At this point in time, we all have to be consistent in what we're doing both defensively and offensively so I truly believe this is the time and we just have to continue what we're doing," Anderson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Believing in Coach and what they're saying works. We just have to keep doing what they ask us."
1. The Tigers have had troubles defensively, allowing opponents to shoot 48.9 percent from the field, including 40.3 percent from 3-point range.
2. TCU hopes to get Amric Fields (broken hand) and Hudson Price (illness) back for the game.
3. The Horned Frogs have held all but one opponent to less than 50 percent shooting, including holding their last three foes to below 39 percent.
PREDICTION: TCU 82, Texas Southern 69