Postgame Notes: TCU 68, UCF 53

March 28, 2017

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NIT Semifinal Round
Attendance: 5,210
Final: TCU 68, UCF 53

Team Notes
* TCU (23-15) played in the semifinal round of a postseason tournament for the first time in program history and will face Georgia Tech Thursday in its first postseason championship game.
* TCU’s 23 wins are tied for fifth-best in a season in program history and are its most since going 27-6 in the 1997-98 campaign.
* TCU’s 11-game victory improvement over last season is tied for the second-largest in program history, equaling the 1930-31 team that went 18-4 after the 1929-30 squad was 7-10 (11 games). The TCU record is a 13-game improvement from 1922-23 to 1923-24.
* TCU has recorded four postseason victories in the same year for the first time in program history.
* March 28 marked the latest in a season that TCU played.
* The Horned Frogs faced their largest deficit of the game, 29-19, before going on a 26-5 run over a 9:28 stretch to lead 45-34 with 15:44 to play.
* TCU trailed 31-29 at the half and is now 4-13 when behind at the intermission.
* The Horned Frogs held a 44-35 rebounding edge and are now 21-6 this season when outboarding the opponent.
* Six Horned Frogs combined to score TCU’s opening seven baskets in the game.
* Nine of the 12 Horned Frogs who saw action scored.
* TCU and UCF met for the first time on the hardwood.
* TCU was without starting freshman guard Jaylen Fisher, who suffered a broken left wrist against Fresno State in the NIT’s opening round and is out for the season.

Individual Notes
* TCU’s Jamie Dixon is now 21-13 as a head coach in postseason play.
* Dixon coached his 42nd game in Madison Square Garden and is now 27-15 in the facility.
* Kenrich Williams flirted with his second consecutive triple-double as he had 14 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
* Williams’ team-best 14 rebounds give him 347 on the year, placing sixth on TCU’s single-season list. Next on the chart is H.E. Kirchner in fifth with 348 (1958-59).
* Williams has a double-double in all four postseason games.
* Williams had 14 rebounds for the second straight game.
* Williams recorded his 18th double-double of the season and 20th of his career.
* Williams led TCU in rebounding for a team-best 29th time this season.
* Williams’ seven assists were a career-high. The top three assist totals of his career have come in the last three contests. He had a career-high 10 assists versus Richmond and six against Iowa.
* Vladimir Brodziansky’s 18 points put him in double figures in scoring for a team-best 28th time this season, including nine of the last 10 games. He just missed his eighth 20-point effort of the season.
* Brodziansky’s nine rebounds were his most since grabbing 10 Jan. 21 versus Baylor.
* JD Miller scored nine points for his highest output since totaling 10 Feb. 22 at Kansas.
* Miller scored TCU’s opening basket in each half.
* Desmond Bane made his third consecutive start after not having started a game since Dec. 7 at SMU.
* Brandon Parrish played in his 135th career game, extending his TCU record.
* Alex Robinson’s six assists give him 217 on the year, fourth on TCU’s single-season chart. Next on the list is Hank Thorns in third place with 225 (2010-11).
* Michael Williams had two 3-pointers to give him six points in the game, his highest scoring contest since he also had six points Jan. 18 at Texas Tech.


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