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TCU vs Baylor

Time: 01:30 P.M. EST
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Taking better care of the basketball likely will be Baylor's top priority as it tries to bounce back from a loss in its Big 12 opener.

Looking for a 13th consecutive home victory, the No. 7 Bears try to get back on track and keep TCU from earning its first Big 12 road win Saturday.

Baylor (12-2, 0-1) committed 18 total turnovers while beating Oral Roberts and Savannah State by a combined 56 points in its two games prior to turning the ball over 19 times during Tuesday's 87-72 loss at No. 9 Iowa State.

The Bears, whose season-high 20 turnovers doomed them in a 74-67 loss to then-No. 8 Syracuse in the Maui Invitational title game Nov. 27, are second-to-last in the Big 12 with 13.3 per contest.

"(Taking care of the ball) solves a lot of issues," coach Scott Drew.

Iowa State outscored the Bears 15-0 on fast-break points and recorded 17 points off those turnovers. Baylor also failed to help itself defensively, allowing the Cyclones to hit 54.8 percent of their shots while 6-foot-4 point guard DeAndre Kane scored 30.

The Cyclones overcame their lack of height by packing the paint and double-teaming the Bears' post players. Big men Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson and Taurean Prince combined for 26 points and helped Baylor outrebound Iowa State 40-31, but they also had 12 turnovers.

"We'll be better handling those kind of defensive philosophies the next time," Drew said. "We'll have to work on that and be a lot more efficient, a lot better playing out of the double team."

Though TCU (9-5, 0-2) could employ the same defensive approach, the Horned Frogs don't possess Iowa State's level of talent. The 7-foot-1 Austin overcame six turnovers by totaling 28 points as Baylor won both meetings with TCU last season by a combined 37 points.

Jefferson averages a team-leading 13.7 points but hopes to bounce back after he matched a season low with seven against Iowa State. He scored 15 as the Bears overcame a 40.7-percent shooting performance by holding the Horned Frogs to 33.3 percent in last season's 51-40 home victory.

Baylor has averaged 85.0 points and shot 52.7 percent during its 12-game home streak.

That doesn't bode well for TCU, which was outscored by an average of 19.3 points while posting an 0-9 league road record in its first season in the Big 12 in 2012-13. However, the Horned Frogs have won at Washington State and Mississippi State this season, and look to go 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1937-38.

TCU won five straight and nine of 10 before opening Big 12 play with home losses to West Virginia and No. 25 Kansas State. The Horned Frogs shot 34.7 percent and were outrebounded 37-21 during Tuesday's 65-47 loss to the Wildcats.

"We're soft right now - we're really soft," said forward Amric Fields, who has averaged 17.7 points in three games since missing almost a month with a broken left hand.

"We can play a lot better. We haven't shown that yet, but at heart, we're a really tough team. Just bringing it out at game time, we need to find some way to do that."

TCU has dropped 21 straight road games against ranked opponents since an 83-76 win at then-No. 24 Hawaii on Jan. 19, 1998.

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