No. 20 Texas, TCU battle with different goals on the horizon

20 Texas and the unseeded but dangerous TCU will certainly have different goals in the balance, both dependent on winning, when they meet on Wednesday at the Big 12 Conference play in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns, who hope to get back on track after losing 61-55 on home soil at the time – no. On Saturday, 11 Texas Tech will try to boost its resume for the top seed in the NCAA Championship.

The Horned Frogs will be in desperation mode, running out of time to accumulate enough good wins to be considered for a place in the tournament. The victory over the Texans in Austin will be a major build-up to the resume for a TCU team that has proven its ability to compete with any of the 12 heavyweights.

The Texas (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) have fallen to rival Texas Tech in both games this season, with the Red Raiders proving to be slightly better than the Longhorns each time.

“We are in control of our destiny here for the long term,” Texas forward Timmy Allen said. “We play with two good teams, we have two other teams at home, so we are just trying to control our ability to control and try to win.”

The Longhorns trailed by 10 points with 3:38 to play on Saturday but rose to within 56-55 with 1:37 remaining. Texas Tech was strong on defense at the end of the game and also hit late five free throws to send the Texans to a second loss in their past three games.

Andrew Jones of Texas topped all scorers with 20 points, while Christian Bishop grabbed 11 rebounds for the Longhorns in the defeat.

“They didn’t hand out the cup in February… they did it in April,” Texas coach Chris Bird said. “We’re disappointed we didn’t play better, and it’s a painful dressing room for us now. But we’ll be back. That’s what the competition at this level looks like.”

The Horned Frogs (17-8, 6-7) heads to Austin after a 77-67 home win over West Virginia on Monday in a game rescheduled from Jan. 3 due to COVID issues.

TCU cut short a three-game losing streak while playing for the second time in three days. The Horned Frogs play four competitions in an eight-day period, with three of those matches against teams ranked in the top 20.

Emmanuel Miller led five TCU players in two doubles against West Virginia, collecting 18 points and collecting eight rebounds. Mike Miles added 15 points, Chuck O’Bannon scored 11, and Damion Poe and Xavier Cork each scored 10 points in the win.

Bo added seven rebounds and seven assists.

“Just a win – everyone loses in this league,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said afterwards. “No one takes a beating. This thing, from top to bottom, is the best it’s been since I’ve been here.”

TCU played without big man Eddie Lampkin, who injured his knee in The Horned Frogs’ loss to the then No. 7 Baylor Saturday is considered day by day.

The Texans tackled the Horned Frogs 73-50 in Fort Worth on January 25 in the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Longhorns have won the past six games in the series.

–Field Media Level

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