TCU Plays at No. 7 West Virginia Saturday

Jan. 5, 2017

TCU Horned Frogs
(12-2, 1-1)
West Virginia Mountaineers
(12-2, 1-1)

Jan. 7, 2017 | Noon CT | Morgantown, W.V. | WVU Colliseum

FORT WORTH, Texas - Coming off a 60-57 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday, the TCU men's basketball team will be looking for its first win over No. 7/7 West Virginia when the two teams meet in the third conference game of the season on Saturday.  

Start time is set for noon CT inside WVU Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with Drew Fellios (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Color) calling the action live. The game can also be heard on KTCU, FrogVision or via TuneIn Radio.

The Opponent
West Virginia is coming off a 77-76 overtime loss at Texas Tech on Tuesday. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak by the Mountaineers, including a 92-75 win at Oklahoma State in their Big 12 opener. Esa Ahmad leads four Mountaineers in double figures with 12.6 points per game. West Virginia ranks first in the nation in turnovers forced (24.79) and turnover margin (+14.0).

The Series
TCU and West Virginia will be meeting up for the 10th time in program history, all of which have come since the two schools joined the Big 12 conference in 2012-13. TCU's closest margin of defeat came on Jan. 24, 2015, an 86-85 overtime loss in Morgantown. TCU head coach Jamie Dixon is 12-7 all-time against West Virginia, all of which came in his 13 seasons as the head coach at Pittsburgh. Dixon boasts a 7-4 record all-time against WVU head coach Bob Huggins.

TCU will be trying for its first win over an AP Top 25 team since a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015. The Frogs have lost its last 16 games against ranked opponents. A TCU win on Saturday at No. 7 WVU would be the highest ranked team the Frogs have taken down since a 62-55 win over No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 6, 2013. 

At 12-2, TCU has equaled the third-best start in program history, trailing only the 1951-52 (13-1) and 2014-15 (13-1 squads). The program's best record through 15 games belongs to the 1951-52 team, which was 14-1. At 1-1 in the Big 12, the Horned Frogs have their best start in conference play in five seasons in the league. By defeating Arkansas State on Dec. 3, head coach Jamie Dixon became the first first-year head coach in program history to start his career with an 8-0 record. The Horned Frogs are 10-1 at home this year.

hung around for the win
In TCU's 60-57 win over Oklahoma on Jan. 3, the Horned Frogs did not take a lead in the game until a pair of Karviar Shepherd free throws gave them a 56-54 lead with 3:38 remaining in the game. Shepherd was 3-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line, totaling eight points and five rebounds to go with a key blocked shot with 1:34 left. He scored four of TCU's final nine points.

TCU recorded 13 blocked shots in its 60-57 win over Oklahoma on Jan. 3. The total was tied for the third-most in school history and marked its highest since a school-record 16 versus Rice on March 3, 2000. TCU's 5.4 blocks per game ranks third in the Big 12 and 33rd in the NCAA. Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 27th in the nation with 2.4 blocks per game.

Spreading The Wealth
Sophomore Alex Robinson tied a career-high at SMU by dishing out a season-high 10 assists. His 10 assists were the most by a TCU student-athlete since former Frog Hank Thorns dished out 11 at Air Force in 2011. He led the Frogs with 18 points and six assists versus OU on Tuesday. He has dished out at least four assists in 13 consecutive games. Robinson's 5.4 assists per game ranks third in the Big 12.

Building A Bench
TCU has out-scored its opponent off the bench in 12 of the 14 games this season. For the season, TCU's bench has outscored its opponents' bench by a combined score of 483-247 (an average of 34.5 -- 17.6 per game).

Grab The Rock
Junior Kenrich Williams, who recorded his fifth double-double of the season against Kansas with 11 points and 11 rebounds, posted a career-high 18 rebounds in TCU's victory over UNLV. He has now had 10 or more boards in five of the last eight games. His 18 boards were the most since fellow teammate Karviar Shepherd posted 19 a year ago against Delaware State. His 18 rebounds are the most in a single-game in the Big 12 Conference this season and is tied for the 16th highest in the NCAA. 

Croak Notes

  • TCU and Oklahoma will meet for the 10th time on Saturday.
  • Oklahoma is one of four Big 12 teams head coach Jamie Dixon will be facing for the first time in his career.
  • TCU currently ranks No. 44 in turnovers forced in the NCAA and No. 46 in turnover margin.
  • Kenrich Williams leads the Big 12 with 9.8 rebounds per game.
  • Brandon Parrish played in his 111th game last Friday and is a 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team® nominee.
  • Parrish needs to play in only eight more games to move into the top-10 all-time in games played in school history.
  • Parrish has made at least one 3-pointer in six of his last seven games.
  • Karviar Shepherd is No. 6 all-time in career starts at TCU with 95. He played in his 100th game against Arkansas State
  • Shepherd has tallied 594 career rebounds and needs only 106 to become only the 10th player all-time to capture 700 boards.
  • Alex Robinson has recorded 14 games of five or more assists in his career.
  • Robinson,who was named to the all-tournament team in Vegas, has led TCU in assists nine times this season.
  • Williams' 18 boards are the most in the Big 12 Conference this season and tied for the 16th most in the NCAA.
  • Williams ranks No. 21 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.7 average on the season.
  • Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 with 2.4 blocks per game after recording three against OU on Tuesday.
  • Brodziansky recorded a career-high 28 points against Kansas marking his second 20+ scoring outing this season.
  • The junior is one of two players averaging double-digits in scoring with 11.2 this season.




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