TCU vs St. Bonaventure Preview

TCU vs St. Bonaventure

An underrated matchup is about to take place tonight between the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs and the one-loss St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The teams are playing in the championship game in the Emerald Coast Classic.

Get to know TCU

TCU returns all five starters from their NIT Championship squad from a year ago, but each of those five players have come up big for the team at different times.┬áComing off perhaps the most complete performance of his career, Kenrich Williams┬áposted his 23rd career double-double by halftime and continued to dominate after the break, finishing with season-high marks of 23 points and 17 rebounds as TCU held on for a 69-67 victory over New Mexico – its 10th straight victory dating back to last season. “He (Kenrich) was the guy who played with most poise on the offensive end. He’s the senior. He led with his actions and play … Fortunately, we had Kenrich who outrebounded pretty much everybody,” Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon told reporters.

Jaylen Fisher made his second straight start Friday in place ahead of Alex Robinson, who missed Monday’s win over Omaha with a right foot bone bruise; while Robinson struggled (two points on 0-for-6 from the field), Fisher tallied 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go along with five assists. The Horned Frogs set season highs in rebounds (46) and blocked shots (nine), getting six boards and five blocks in 26 minutes from JD Miller. Desmond Bane continued his torrid start to the season on 5-of-8 shooting Friday; the sophomore guard is 27-of-36 from the field – including 13-of-19 beyond the arc – and has not shot worse than 62.5 percent in any game this season.

Get to know St. Bonaventure

The Bonnies are a potential tournament team on the back of two-time All-Atlantic 10 senior guard Jaylen Adams, but he has missed most of the Bonnies action this preseason and all of the regular season with an injured ankle. Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt is impressed how the team has rebounded without their star…”It was a blue-collar approach. … We are not going to out-talent guys. We have a chance to out-work guys. That’s what we did.”

Adams, who led the team in scoring last season with 20.6 points per game but has yet to play in 2017-18 after spraining an ankle in an exhibition game, is not expected to play in Saturday’s title game. Playing in only his second game with the Bonnies since arriving as a junior college transfer, Courtney Stockard returned from a two-game absence because of groin and hip strains to finish with 14 points and five assists. Matt Mobley (team-high 22.8 points) had an off-night by his standards, fouling out late after scoring a season-low 16 points on 3-of-12 from the field (0-for-5 from long-range) after shooting 50 percent from the floor and beyond the arc in the Bonnies’ two previous victories.

Prediction

The Bonnies continue to show grit without their star, but TCU is a deep, experienced ball club who know how to win these types of games. If Adams were suiting up and playing, I would actually lean towards St. Bonaventure to pull the upset, but without the guy who can score from anywhere at anytime it will be tough to find consistent offense.

TCU 81 St. Bonaventure 74

 

 

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