TCU Ready For Conference Play Saturday

Jan. 1, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open its conference slate Saturday against West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Mountaineers will tip at 3:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on Big 12 Network with Brad Sham (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against WVU can follow it live on FrogVision. The radio broadcast is available by going to the men's basketball schedule and clicking on the listen live icon located on the right side of the page. Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) will be on the airwaves.

The Opponent
West Virginia comes into Saturday's conference showdown boasting an 8-5 record after defeating William & Mary in its last outing, 82-45. The Mountaineers, who have won two out of their last three, hit eight three's against the Tribe to roll to their eighth victory of the season. On the season, Eron Harris leads the way, averaging 18.3 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the floor. Freshman Nathan Adrian is coming off a 16-point performance against William & Mary, which helped him earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Week accolades. 

The Series
The two conference foes will battle for only the third time in program history Saturday. West Virginia leads the all-time series, 2-0, after dropping the Frogs twice last season. In their only meeting in Fort Worth, the Mountaineers escaped with a 63-50 decision last February. 

Conference Openers 
Going into Saturday, TCU is 42-49 all-time in conference openers. In all, the Horned Frogs have lost their last three openers and are only 6-17 since the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996. Last season, the Purple and White fell 62-53 to Texas Tech at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Johnson In Openers 
TCU head coach Trent Johnson is 6-8 all-time in conference openers. (3-2 at Nevada; 1-3 at Stanford; 2-2 at LSU; 0-1 at TCU)

70 Point Success 
When TCU hits 70 or more points in a single-game, good things usually happen as the Frogs are now 7-1 this season when hitting the 70-point mark. The Purple and White are 10-1 under head coach Trent Johnson when doing so. The only loss in the 11 outings came earlier this season when the Frogs were upset by Longwood. 

Fields Does It Again 
In his first home game in over a year and a half, Amric Fields made it a memorable one against Texas Southern. In his first start of the season, the junior, who hadn't played since suffering an injury during the first half against Harvard in November, recorded his first career double-double, scoring a season-high 17 points, while grabbing a career-high 12 boards in a season-high 29 minutes. In the four games this year where Fields has played 20 minutes or more, he is averaging 16.5 points. TCU is 4-0 in those contests. 

Non-Conference Success
TCU posted a 9-3 mark in non-conference play, matching its non-conference win total from a year ago. The Horned Frogs' .750 final non-conference winning percentage marked their best figure since going 11-4 (.733) in 2000. TCU, who is 5-1 at home this season, has now gone 12-3 in non-conference at the DMC under Trent Johnson

TCU Headlines
• TCU is 15-1 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU is 7-0 this season when leading at the half.
• TCU is 4-0 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• The Horned Frogs have won five-straight heading into Saturday.
• TCU has won nine out of its last 10 games.
• TCU went undefeated in the month of December.
• Kyan Anderson posted his third-straight game of 20 or more points in his last outing.
• Anderson has now scored in double-figures in six-straight games.
• Anderson recorded his 10th 20-point game of his career against Texas Southern.
• Anderson posted his 39th game of double-figure scoring versus TSU.
• TCU has now held 10 out of its 12 opponents to under 70 points.
• The Frogs have now held four-straight opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
• Junior Amric Fields started for the first time this season Sunday.
• Fields recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
• Fields tied a season-high with 17 points in his last outing.
• Fields posted a new career-high with 12 rebounds against Texas Southern.
• Fields attempted a career-high 18 shot attempts versus Texas Southern.
• TCU is now 21-10 when Fields scores in double-figures during his career.

He's Heating Up
Junior Kyan Anderson has started to heat up, scoring three-straight games of 27, 25 and 21 points, respectively. With his three-straight outings, the Fort Worth native has now scored 20 or more points 10 times in his career. He has never posted four-straight games of 20 or more points in his career. In the last three games, Anderson is averaging almost 25 points a game, while shooting a blistering 55 percent from the floor. He has had 20 points or more four times in the last six outings, averaging 20.8 points during the stretch.

Climbing The Mountain
TCU has won five-straight games heading into its game against West Virginia. The Horned Frogs won three in-a-row last season to end the month of December. Since 2000, the Purple and White's longest winning streak is six games, which came during the 2008-09 campaign. TCU's longest winning streak in school history is 16 games, which happened during the 1997-98 season.

What's Coming
A quick glance at the national polls show that TCU's schedule is about to get a lot more difficult as seven conference foes are currently ranked or receiving votes in the AP poll. The Big 12 also boasts the No. 1 RPI among all conferences and has posted a 101-25 non-conference mark this season, which include eight victories over top 25 non-conference opponents. 

Common Trends
TCU goes into Saturday having won nine out its last 10 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in eight of the 10 games. The only two games in which the Purple and White haven't shared the rock over 10 times came in their loss to Harvard (8) and at Mississippi State (7). 

TCU has held all but two opponents to 71 points or less, including seven foes to 65 points or fewer. The Horned Frogs have also allowed only Longwood to shoot over 50 percent, holding the last four opponents to below or at 39 percent.

The Difference
In TCU's nine victories this season a trend has become noticeable in that the Frogs have held seven out of the nine opponents to below 39.9 percent from the field. TCU is now 14-2 under head coach Trent Johnson when doing so. Tulsa shot 40 percent, while Mississippi State totaled 42.9 percent from the floor. 

A Quartet Of Scoring
TCU had four players score in double-figures against Texas Southern with Kyan Anderson (21), Amric Fields (17), Brandon Parrish (13) and Karviar Shepherd (10) tallying 61 of the Horned Frogs' 77 points. TCU has now done that feat five times this season. Under Trent Johnson, TCU is 6-1 when having a quartet score in double-figures.

The Return
TCU is in the midst of a six-game homestand at the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and won't return to the road until Saturday, Jan. 11 at Baylor. 

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play at home against K-State on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.




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