TCU Hosts No. 25 Kansas State Tuesday Night

Jan. 5, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will continue conference play Tuesday against No. 25 Kansas State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Wildcats will tip at 7:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against K-State 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
No. 25 Kansas State comes into Tuesday looking to improve to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play after defeating previous No. 6 Oklahoma State in its last outing, 74-71. The Wildcats, who have won nine-straight and haven't lost since falling to Georgetown in November, had three players score in double-figures against the Cowboys. Freshman Marcus Foster, who scored 17 against Oklahoma State, has carried the load for K-State this season, averaging 14.4 points per game. Senior Thomas Gipson has also been solid, averaging 11.3 points per game, while grabbing a team-high 6.3 boards a contest. 

The Series
The two conference foes will battle for only the eighth time in program history Tuesday. K-State leads the all-time series, 5-2, after dropping the Frogs twice last season. In their last meeting in Fort Worth, the Purple and White tried to rally late, but came up short, falling at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 67-54.  

Inside The Matchup 
TCU and Kansas State will play in Fort Worth for only the third time in program history Tuesday night. Prior to last season's 67-54 setback, the two conference foes last played in Fort Worth during the 1969-70 campaign. The Wildcats prevailed 75-65 in game that featured former Frog great and All-Southwest Conference selection Doug Boyd who would later go on to be drafted by the Portland Trailblazers. 

Hit The Glass 
TCU has proven this season that if it can win the rebounding battle that it will ultimately claim victory, going 6-1 overall when it out-rebounds the opposition. The only loss during that stretch came when the Purple and White out-rebounded Longwood earlier this season, 31-30, but were upset. When breaking it down, the magic number is 34 as the Purple and White are 8-1 this season when grabbing 34 or more rebounds. The only loss came to SMU in the season-opener. During the Trent Johnson era, the Frogs have claimed 12 victories when out-rebounding their opponent.  

Yes He's Back 
In his first Big 12 game of his career, junior Amric Fields, who suffered a season-ending injury a year ago prior to league play, tallied a season-high 22 points against West Virginia, marking only the third time the Oklahoma City product has eclipsed the 20-point barrier during his four-year career. Consider this, when Fields plays more than 20 minutes in a game this season, he is averaging 17.6 points per game and 6.4 rebounds a contest. The junior is also shooting 56 percent from the field, including 47 percent from behind the arc. TCU is also 4-1 in those contests, with the only loss coming to West Virginia. In two games since returning from injury, Fields is averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and shooting 48.4 percent.

Parrish Coming On 
Freshman Brandon Parrish has started to heat up as of late, scoring a career-high 18 points against West Virginia. In the last three games, Parrish, who is averaging 53 percent from behind the arc during the three outings, has scored 48 of TCU's 216 points, which includes 10 of the Frogs' 20 three-point field goals. In all, the Arlington product has scored in double-digits in five-straight contests. For the season, he has scored in double-figures in 10 of the 13 games. When Parrish scores 15 or more in a single-game, TCU is 3-1 and had won three-straight prior to the WVU contest.  

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.
• TCU saw its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday against West Virginia.
• TCU has won nine out of its last 11 games.
• TCU went undefeated in the month of December.
• TCU tied a season-high with nine three-pointers Saturday against WVU.
• TCU has now held 10 out of its 13 opponents to under 70 points.
• The Frogs have now held four out of their last five opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
• Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in three out of his last four outings.  
• Anderson has now scored in double-figures in seven-straight games.
• Anderson recorded his 10th 20-point game of his career against Texas Southern.
• Anderson posted his 40th game of double-figure scoring versus West Virginia.
• Junior Amric Fields recorded a season-high 22 points against West Virginia.
• TCU is now 21-11 when Fields scores in double-figures during his career.
• Brandon Parrish recorded a new career-high 18 points against the Mountaineers.

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.

Common Trends
TCU goes into Tuesday having won nine out its last 11 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in nine of the 11 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 three 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 four out of the last five opponents to below or at 39 percent. West Virginia shot 40.7 percent Saturday.

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.

Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently ranks second in the Big 12 and 38th nationally in free throw shooting percentage at 73.5 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After 13 games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 249 times, while shooting 59.8 percent (149-of-249) from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 233-of-317 from the charity stripe. Individually, Brandon Parrish has hit eight-straight at the line, while senior Thomas Montigel has sank five in-a-row. 

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play on the road at Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. CT from Waco. 




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