Connell Crossland is in the best offensive stretch of his career.
Jan. 8, 2013
FORT WORTH--TCU hits the road for the first time in Big 12 play Wednesday when it travels to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The Big 12 Network will televise the matchup live from the Cowboys' Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Horned Frogs look to start a new winning streak after having a three-game run snapped during Saturday's home loss to Texas Tech in their conference opener. TCU is 1-1 in true road outings so far this season, winning in its latest attempt Dec. 22 at Rice.
The Frogs will run up against a Cowboys team looking to snap a two-game losing streak following setbacks to No. 10 Gonzaga and No. 25 Kansas State. TCU and OSU will meet for the first time as conference foes, although the two schools do share an extensive history featuring 19 previous matchups. Oklahoma State has won 17 of the games, including the latest meeting during the 2005-06 season in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Big 12 Network will televise Wednesday's contest live on a regional basis on TXA-21 in the DFW area. Those viewers located inside the Big 12 footprint but outside the Metroplex should check local listings or Big12Sports.com for a local carrier in their area. The contest will also be offered on WatchESPN to qualified cable subscribers and on a pay-per-view basis via ESPN Full Court. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (color) will serve as the Big 12 Network broadcast team.
Brian Estridge (pxp) and John Denton (analyst) will handle the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in the DFW Metroplex on both 570 KLIF AM and 88.7 FM KTCU. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU is 23-66 all-time in conference road openers. The squad was 18-55 in the Southwest Conference, 3-2 in the WAC, 1-3 in Conference USA and 1-6 in the Mountain West.
* TCU will look to snap a five-game losing streak in conference road openers.
* Garlon Green needs only 10 points to become the 31st member of TCU's 1,000-point club. He also would be only the 20th Frog with both 1,000 points and 400 rebounds in a career.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 11 in the NCAA in scoring defense (55.1 ppg). The squad is No. 67 in the NCAA in overall field-goal defense (39.5%) and No. 51 in 3-point field goal defense (29.9%).
* TCU's scoring defense average is 17.0 points fewer than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times this season. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine victories. Nine of the squad's 14 games have been decided by seven points or less.
* TCU has outshot 10 of its 14 opponents. The Frogs are 9-1 in such contests.
* TCU is 6-0 when leading at the half and 5-2 when winning the rebounding battle.
* TCU players own two of the top-3 individual scoring performances by Big 12 players this season (Kyan Anderson, 35 vs. UAB; Garlon Green, 31 at Rice)
* TCU also owns the top rebounding game by a Big 12 player (Adrick McKinney, 20 vs. Houston).
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in 3-point percentage (No. 6), steals (No. 6), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 11), 3-pointers (No. 12) and scoring (No. 16).
* Since moving into the three-guard position on Dec. 8, Garlon Green is averaging a team-high 18.2 ppg and shooting 52.6% from 3-point range (10-of-19).
* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the first nine contests.
* Adrick McKinney has led TCU in rebounding six of the last eight games, averaging 9.6 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.
* Four of McKinney's 11 career double-figure scoring games have come in the last six contests.
* Connell Crossland has scored at least eight points in each of the last five games while averaging 8.8 ppg. His 44 total points during the stretch are a career high (previously 27 points).
* Devonta Abron's current individual field-goal percentage of 61.9% would rank No. 3 in TCU single-season history.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State enters Wednesday's game at 10-3 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play following a 73-67 road loss at No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday. The Cowboys have faced two other ranked opponents this season, splitting matchups with No. 6 NC State (W, 76-56) and No. 10 Gonzaga (L, 69-68). The squad's other setback came at Virginia Tech (81-71). OSU was ranked earlier this season, peaking at No. 15 in the AP Top 25 on Nov. 26.
Fifth-year head coach Travis Ford returned four starters from last season's team that posted a 15-18 overall record and finished seventh in the Big 12 with a 7-11 league mark. OSU's starting lineup this season features just one senior and one junior alongside two freshmen and a sophomore.
Four Cowboys average double figures in points, including junior guard Markel Brown, who paces the team at 14.5 ppg. Freshman guard Marcus Smart, the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, averages 14.3 ppg while leading the squad in assists (4.9 apg) and the conference in steals (2.6 spg). Preseason All-Big 12 selection Le'Bryan Nash, a sophomore guard, averages 13.8 ppg. Senior center Phillip Jurick is the squad's top rebounder (6.9 rpg).
As a team, OSU is putting up 71.4 ppg and owns the third-best scoring margin in the Big 12 (+13.5 ppg). The squad ranks No. 8 nationally and first in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (76.9%) and No. 24 in the NCAA in blocked shots (5.3 bpg).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Oklahoma State will be meeting for the 20th time in the all-time series. OSU owns a 17-2 series lead and has won each of the last six matchups since a 92-61 Frog victory in the 1986 All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City. TCU will be looking for only its second victory in Stillwater, where the Cowboys have won six of seven meetings. The Frogs' only win at OSU came in 1925 by a 37-16 count.
TCU vs. Oklahoma State - Last 10 Meetings
Date W/L Score Site
Feb. 21, 1947 L 26-70 Stillwater
Mar. 13, 1953 L 54-71 Manhattan
Dec. 20, 1969 L 59-69 Fort Worth
Dec. 26, 1986 W 92-61 Oklahoma City
Dec. 22, 1992 L 47-65 Fort Worth
Dec. 9, 1993 L 67-89 Stillwater
Dec. 30, 1997 L 81-82 Fort Worth
Nov. 28, 1998 L 74-79 Stillwater
Nov. 21, 2001 L 77-95 Las Vegas
Nov. 25, 2005 L 58-66 Las Vegas
LAST TIME WE MET: OSU 66, TCU 58
Nile Murry scored a game-high 18 points during a hard-fought 66-58 TCU setback to Oklahoma State in the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational on Nov. 25, 2005.
After two brief TCU leads early in the first half, the last at 9-8 with 16:28 left, the Cowboys went on an 11-0 run and never trailed again. Oklahoma State built a 31-18 advantage, its largest of the game, with 6:16 until halftime.
The Frogs cut the Cowboys' edge to only one point on two different occasions in the second half, the last at 45-44 with 12:47 left in the game, but OSU slowly pulled away down the stretch.
Murry totaled 15 of his 18 points in the first half to pace the Frogs. Judson Stubbs (11), Brent Hackett (10) and Blake Adams (10) also had double-digit scoring performances.
Torre Johnson, who led Oklahoma State with a team-high 15 points, went 7-of-10 from the field and pulled down four rebounds off the bench. Marcus Dove added nine points and six rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT: TEXAS TECH 62, TCU 53
TCU staged a late comeback attempt but fell short Saturday, dropping a 62-53 decision to Texas Tech in its inaugural Big 12 game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The setback snapped the Horned Frogs' season-high three-game winning streak.
TCU trailed the Red Raiders by 16 points with just over five minutes remaining before rallying. The squad scored 12 of the game's next 13 points to climb to within five inside the final minute but was unable to get any closer. Tech closed the game out at the free-throw line, going 2-for-2 on successive trips inside the final 35 seconds to hold off the Frogs.
Devonta Abron led TCU with a game-high 16 points, while he added seven rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Abron paired with Adrick McKinney to give the Frogs a physical presence inside against the Red Raiders. TCU posted a 35-30 rebounding edge, its second-largest of the season, while pulling down a season-best 17 offensive boards.
McKinney added eight points and seven rebounds. Connell Crossland also went to work on the glass, grabbing a game-high nine boards to go along with eight points. Garlon Green totaled nine points, although Tech was able to hold TCU's top two scorers on the season, Green and sophomore guard Kyan Anderson, to only 3-of-22 shooting from the floor overall.
TCU-TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES
* TCU fell to 42-49 all-time in conference season openers. The squad has dropped its last three openers.
* TCU was outshot from the floor for only the fourth time this season. The squad is now 0-4 in such contests.
* TCU fell to 5-2 when outrebounding the opponent.
* TCU utilized its sixth different starting lineup this season with Kyan Anderson, Nate Butler Lind, Garlon Green, Adrick McKinney and Devonta Abron. Saturday marked the first game that McKinney and Abron started together.
* TCU matched its team season high of seven blocked shots set previously vs. Centenary (Nov. 12).
* Devonta Abron led TCU in scoring for the third time this season with 16 points. The effort marked Abron's fifth double-digit output of the season.
* Abron also collected a career-high four blocked shots, surpassing his previous best of two. It marked the most blocks by a Frog since Alvardo Parker amassed five vs. Colorado State on Jan. 17, 2007.
* Kyan Anderson's streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer came to an end at seven straight games. Green now leads the team with a streak of five straight games with at least one trey.
GREEN STREAKING TOWARD MILESTONES
Garlon Green, the most-seasoned veteran on TCU's roster, continues to put the final touches on a solid career while leading the Frogs into their inaugural Big 12 campaign.
* TCU's active career leader in scoring and rebounds, Green needs only 10 points to become the 31st member of the Frogs' 1,000-point club.
* After recording his 400th career rebound Dec. 30 vs. Mississippi Valley State, Green also would be just the 20th Frog with 1,000 points and 400 boards.
* Green is No. 2 on the team this season in scoring average and No. 4 in rebounding. He has started all 14 contests.
* Green is currently in the hottest stretch of his career, averaging a team-best 18.2 ppg over the last five games while leading TCU in scoring in three of the contests.
* Green's strong recent play has coincided with him moving outside the arc in TCU's lineup. He played the forward position in TCU's opening nine games before sliding into the No. 3 spot. Green averaged just 7.8 ppg prior to the move.
* Green is 10-of-19 (.526) on 3-point attempts since moving outside after starting the season 0-for-5. He hit his 100th career trey during the Dec. 18 home win over Southern.