Devonta Abron's current field-goal percentage would rank No. 4 in TCU single-season history.
Jan. 11, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU wraps up a two-game road swing Saturday evening when it renews a longtime rivalry with Baylor at the Bears' Ferrell Center. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest, is set for 5 p.m.
The Horned Frogs, 9-6 overall, look to snap a two-game skid following setbacks to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State to open their inaugural Big 12 season. Baylor, 10-4 overall, brings the Big 12's top league mark into the matchup at 2-0 following victories over Texas and Texas Tech.
TCU's rivalry with the Bears, which was put on hiatus following the breakup of the Southwest Conference following the 1995-96 season, ranks as the No. 3 most-played series in Frogs hoops history with 168 prior matchups. BU owns a slim 87-81 series lead, although TCU has won each of the last four meetings. The two teams will play for the first time in more than a decade since the 2002-03 season.
Following the matchup at Baylor, TCU returns to Fort Worth for a two-game homestand vs. No. 18 Kansas State (Jan. 16) and Iowa State (Jan. 19).
FOX Sports Southwest (DirecTV 676; Dish 437) will televise Saturday's contest with the Baylor broadcast duo of John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) calling the action on TV. 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 ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 10 in the NCAA in scoring defense (55.6 ppg). The squad is No. 50 nationally in 3-point field goal defense (29.8%).
* TCU's scoring defense average is 16.5 points fewer than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU is No. 1 in the Big 12 in steals recorded during league play (9.0 spg). The Frogs have forced an average of 20.0 turnovers per game in their first two conference games.
* 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 15 opponents. The Frogs are 9-1 in such contests.
* TCU is 6-0 when leading at the half and 7-1 when shooting 45.0% or better from the field overall.
* 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 players own two of the top-4 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. 9), steals (No. 7), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (No. 11) and scoring (No. 16).
* Garlon Green ranks No. 17 in the Big 12 in overall scoring average, while his 3-point field-goal percentage in conference games ranks No. 4.
* Since moving into the three-guard position on Dec. 8, Garlon Green is averaging a team-high 18.5 ppg and shooting 54.2% from 3-point range (13-of-24). He has scored at least 20 points in three of TCU's last five games.
* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the first nine contests.
* Green has played at least 39 minutes of action in each of the last four games.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding seven of the last nine games, averaging 9.2 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 seven contests.
* Devonta Abron's current individual field-goal percentage of 59.1% would rank No. 4 in TCU single-season history.
Baylor enters Saturday's game at 10-4 overall and in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings with a 2-0 mark in league play. The squad opened its conference schedule with victories vs. Texas (86-79 in OT) and at Texas Tech (82-48). Two of the Bears' setbacks have come to teams who were either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls in Colorado and No. 13 Gonzaga. The squad also dropped decisions to College of Charleston and common TCU opponent Northwestern. BU owns one win over a ranked foe, 64-55 at then-No. 8 Kentucky.
Tenth-year head coach Scott Drew returned eight letterwinners and two starters from last season's team that reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament with a 30-8 overall record. Baylor tied for third place in the Big 12 regular-season standings with a 12-6 league mark.
Three Bears average double figures in points, including Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Pierre Jackson, a senior guard who leads the league in scoring (19.8 ppg) and ranks No. 2 in assists (6.3 apg). Freshman center Isaiah Austin and junior forward Cory Jefferson average 14.9 ppg and 14.3 ppg, respectively, while Jefferson is No. 2 in the conference in both rebounding (8.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg).
As a team, Baylor ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage (47.6 ppg) and 3-pointers made (6.9 3pg) and is No. 3 in scoring average (78.6 ppg).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Baylor will be meeting for the 187th time in the all-time series and the first time since 2002. The first game in TCU's program history came against the Bears in 1908-09, a 37-6 BU win. The Frogs have won the last four matchups, including the only three following the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996. Baylor owns an 87-81 all-time advantage, including a 47-37 edge in games played in Waco.
TCU vs. Baylor - Last 10 Meetings
Date * W/L * Score * Site
Feb. 10, 1993 * L * 55-67 * Fort Worth
Jan. 15, 1994 * L * 73-80 * Fort Worth
Feb. 12, 1994 * L * 75-82 * Waco
Jan. 18, 1995 * L * 90-98 * Waco
Feb. 14, 1995 * L * 104-111 * Fort Worth
Feb. 17, 1996 * L * 70-72 * Waco
Mar. 2, 1996 * W * 77-75 * Fort Worth
Dec. 13, 1997 * W * 99-75 * Fort Worth
Dec. 29, 2001 * W * 92-81 * Fort Worth
Dec. 7, 2002 * W * 72-64 * Waco
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 72, BAYLOR 64
Junior Blount hit two 3-pointers and Corey Santee added another to spark a late 17-2 run as TCU rallied to defeat Baylor, 72-64, on Dec. 7, 2002 in Waco, Texas.
The victory broke a 23-game Baylor non-conference winning streak at the Ferrell Center.
Chudi Chinweze led the Horned Frogs with 14 points, and Jamal Brown had 11 points and 18 rebounds. Blount added 12 points with Santee totaling 11.
Lawrence Roberts paced Baylor with 14 points, Kenny Taylor had 11 and John Lucas III 10.
TCU led 35-30 at the half, but Baylor opened the second period with an 11-2 run and regained the lead 41-37. The Bears led 53-50 before Blount and Santee put TCU up 59-55 with about eight minutes left.
TCU outrebounded Baylor in the contest by a 53-29 margin.
LAST TIME OUT: OKLAHOMA STATE 63, TCU 45
Garlon Green scored a game-high 20 points Wednesday, including the 1,000th of his career, but Oklahoma State proved to be too much on its home court, downing the Horned Frogs by a 63-45 count in Stillwater, Okla.
Green reached the 20-point plateau for the third time in the past five games, making 8-of-15 shots from the field. He became the 31st TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points in his career on a long jumper with 6:24 remaining in the first half. In addition to the scoring milestone, he also became only the 20th Frog ever with both 1,000 points and 400 rebounds.
Highlighting Green's night was a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point range, which matched his career high for treys in a single game. The solid effort from outside continued a recent hot stretch that has seen Green go 13-of-24 (54.2%) from deep over the past six games.
TCU needed Green's efforts, as the rest of the squad struggled on the offensive end for much of the evening. The squad finished the contest shooting only 36.2% from the floor overall while committing a season-high 21 turnovers, although it did make 6-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc. Kyan Anderson joined Green in double figures with 10 points.
Three Cowboys scored in double figures, including Markel Brown and Marcus Smart, who shared the team lead with 14 points each. Le'Bryan Nash, a Preseason All-Big 12 selection, totaled 13 points. Philip Jurick grabbed 10 rebounds to lead OSU to a 40-17 advantage on the glass.
OSU took an early lead and never looked back, running out to a 36-22 advantage at intermission after leading by as many as 17 points in the opening half. The Frogs struggled to find their offense in the first period, with the exception of Green, who totaled 14 points in the frame. TCU shot only 33.3% from the floor in the stanza, while the Cowboys had no such problems, scoring at a 61.9% clip.
TCU-OKLAHOMA STATE POSTGAME NOTES
* Garlon Green led TCU in scoring for the team-best fifth time this season with a game-high 20 points. It marked the seventh game in his career, and his fourth this season, with at least 20.
* Three of Green's 20-plus point efforts have come in the last five contests.
* Kyan Anderson also reached double figures for the eighth time this season with 10 points. Anderson and Green share the team lead in the category.
* Charles Hill Jr. set a new career scoring high with five points, topping his previous best of three. He also saw a career-high 24 minutes of game action, besting his previous high of 11.
* TCU's 10 steals marked its second-best total of the year, while it forced OSU into 24 turnovers, seven more than its previous high this season.
DEFENSE IS KEY IN 2012-13
TCU is expected to lean heavily on its defensive play this season following the loss of nearly 60 percent of last year's scoring totals to either graduation or injury. The squad has made major strides this season after ranking as one of the nation's worst defensive teams in 2011-12.
* TCU is No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 10 in the NCAA in opponent scoring average (55.6 ppg). The figure would rank as the fourth-lowest in program history and the best since 1950-51.
* The comparison between defensive figures from last year to this year is staggering:
Category * 2012-13 (rank) * 2011-12 (rank)
Scoring Defense * 55.6 (No. 10) * 72.1 (No. 286)
FG Pct. Defense * 40.3% (No. 92) * 47.8% (No. 327)
3FG Pct. Defense * 29.8% (No. 50) * 37.4% (No. 306)
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* TCU allowed 39 points to Prairie View A&M on Nov. 18, the fewest for an opponent since Colgate had 37 on Dec. 30, 2008.
* TCU forced a season-high 24 turnovers during the Jan. 9 loss at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys' previous high for miscues this season was 17.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in steals during league action.