TCU Set For No. 7 Baylor Saturday

Jan. 9, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. CT | Waco, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will look to win its fourth-straight road contest Saturday at No. 9/7 Baylor inside the Ferrell Center. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Bears will tip at 12:30 p.m. CT and be shown live on Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Stephen Howard (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Baylor 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. 9/7 Baylor will look to get back to its winning ways Saturday after falling to No. 7/9 Iowa State in its last outing, 87-72. Against the Cyclones, Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip both scored 15 points apiece, respectively, to lead the way for the Bears, which saw their win streak snapped at six games. Baylor brings a 12-2 overall record and 0-1 mark in conference play into Saturday afternoon.

On the season, senior Cory Jefferson has led the way, averaging 13.7 points per game and 8.4 boards a contest, while shooting 56 percent from the floor.  

The Series
TCU and Baylor will be playing for the 171st time in the all-time series Saturday. The Bears own an 89-81 all-time advantage, including a 48-37 edge in games played in Waco. The first game in TCU's program history came against the Bears in 1908-09, a 37-6 Baylor home-game victory. In all, the Frogs have won four out of the last six in the series. 

Inside The Last Five Minutes 
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 14 games this season. In the last five minutes of a game when TCU has the lead during any point, it has gone on to claim victory. In the five losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.  

A Nice Honor For Future Frog 
Earlier this week, November signee Chauncey Collins was nominated for the 2014 McDonald's All American Game. The Oklahoma City product has averaged over 24 points per game this season for the Oklahoma City Storm and is coming off a season in which he was the unanimous winner of the prestigious Maravich Award, given to the top home school player in the country.  

On The Road Again
TCU has opened the road portion of its schedule in impressive fashion, going 3-0 against the likes of Washington State, Alaska-Anchorage and Mississippi State. The last time the Horned Frogs started a season 4-0 in true road games was 1937 when TCU upended Burleson Independent, Texas Tech (twice) and Trinity.

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.  

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 hasn't played a road game since Dec. 5 at Mississippi State.
• TCU has won nine out of its last 12 games.
• TCU went undefeated in the month of December.
• TCU tied a season-high with nine three-pointers against WVU.
• TCU has now held 11 out of its 14 opponents to under 70 points.
• TCU has now held eight opponents this season to 65 points or less.
• TCU fell for only the second time in seven games Tuesday against K-State.
• The Horned Frogs held the advantage in steals against K-State, which was the eighth time this season they have done so.
• The Frogs have now held four out of their last six opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
• Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in three out of his last five outings.  
• Anderson has now scored in double-figures in eight-straight games.
• Anderson recorded his 10th 20-point game of his career against Texas Southern.
• Anderson posted his 41st game of double-figure scoring versus K-State.
• Junior Amric Fields recorded a season-high 22 points against West Virginia.
• Fields led TCU in scoring vs. K-State for a second-straight game and scored in double-figures for a third-straight contest.
• TCU is now 21-12 when Fields scores in double-figures during his career.
• Brandon Parrish recorded a new career-high 18 points against WVU.

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 four games, Parrish, who is averaging 42 percent from behind the arc during the four outings, has scored 56 of TCU's 263 points, which includes 10 of the Frogs' 22 three-point field goals. In all, the Arlington product has scored in double-digits in five out of the last six contests.

For the season, he has scored in double-figures in 10 of the 14 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. 

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 17.0 points per game and 5.7 rebounds a contest. The junior is also shooting 54 percent from the field, including 44 percent from behind the arc. TCU is also 4-2 in those contests, with the only losses coming to West Virginia and K-State.

In three games since returning from injury, he is averaging 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting 47.6 percent.

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.

He's Heating Up
In the last five games, Kyan Anderson is averaging almost 20 points a game, while shooting a blistering 53.6 percent from the floor. He has had 20 points or more four times in the last eight outings.

Common Trends
TCU goes into Saturday having won nine out its last 12 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 10 of the 12 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 eight foes to 65 points or fewer. The Horned Frogs have also allowed only Longwood and K-State to shoot over 50 percent, holding four out of the last six opponents to below or at 39 percent.

Did You Know
Kyan Anderson has now scored in double-figures in eight-straight games and will look to better his previous career-high of nine-straight regular-season games of double-figure digits set last season. He will look to post the best mark since former Frog Zvonko Buljan went 11-straight games in double-figures in 2009-10. 

Following Footsteps
Freshman Karviar Shepherd has already totaled more points and rebounds in his first season than former Frog and NBA great Kurt Thomas did in 12 games during his first year in Fort Worth. Shepherd who has 111 rebounds on the season after only 14 games, needs only 17 more rebounds to better Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus.

Second Half Success
In 14 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 108-74 in the first four minutes of action.

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play on the road at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from Stillwater. 




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