TCU Ready for No. 8 Oklahoma State Wednesday

Jan. 13, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will continue life on the road Wednesday at No. 8/9 Oklahoma State inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Cowboys will tip at 7:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on Big 12 Network with Mitch Holthus (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Oklahoma 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. 8/9 Oklahoma State heads into Wednesday night's conference tilt, boasting a 14-2 overall record and 2-1 mark in league play after dropping West Virginia, 73-72. Against the Mountaineers, senior Markel Brown hit a three-pointer off an assist from Marcus Smart with 15 seconds left to secure the Cowboys' second-straight conference victory.

On the season, Smart, who earned Big 12 Player of the Week accolades following his 22-point performance against WVU, has led the way, averaging 17.8 points overall, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. The returning All-America honoree has seen his scoring average increase during conference play, averaging 20.3 points a contest in three games. 

The Series
TCU and Oklahoma State will battle for the 22nd time in program history Wednesday night. The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 19-2. In all, TCU will be looking for its first win in Stillwater since claiming a 37-16 victory in 1925. In the Frogs only other win against OSU in program history, the Purple and White dropped the Cowboys in Oklahoma City, 92-61, during the 1986-87 season.  

Parrish Stepping Up Game 
Since conference play has begun, freshman Brandon Parrish has started to assert himself. The Arlington native is coming off a 16-point performance at Baylor. During the contest, Parrish led the Frogs in rebounding with six, while also dishing out a career-high four assists. In conference games only, Parrish is averaging 14 points a game, which trails only Amric Fields' 14.3 points per game. The freshman, who is 6-foot-6, also leads TCU in rebounding during league play, averaging 4.0 boards a contest. 

Following Halftime 
Heading into Wednesday night, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to get defensive following halftime in each league game.  TCU has held its opponent to seven less points and 15 less field goal attempts during the second stanza of action. The Frogs have also held league foes to 3.6 less rebounds in the second period. 

Inside the Last Five Minutes 
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 15 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 six losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.  

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 has won nine out of its last 13 games.
• TCU saw its three-game winning streak on the road snapped Saturday at Baylor.
• TCU has now held 11 out of its 15 opponents to under 70 points.
• TCU has now held eight opponents this season to 65 points or less.
• TCU fell for only the third time in eight games Saturday against Baylor.
• The Horned Frogs held the advantage in steals against Baylor, which was the ninth time this season they have done so.
• The Frogs have now held four out of their last seven opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
• Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in three out of his last six outings.  
• Anderson has now scored in double-figures in nine-straight games, which includes three-straight of 12 points.
• Anderson posted his 42nd game of double-figure scoring versus Baylor.
• Brandon Parrish led TCU in scoring for only the second time in his career at Baylor.
• Parrish has now scored in double-figures in six out of the last seven games.
• 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.

A Nice Honor For Future Frog 
November signee Chauncey Collins, who scored 51 points last Thursday, 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.  

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 five games, Parrish, who is averaging 42.9 percent from behind the arc during the five outings, has scored 72 of TCU's 325 points, which includes 12 of the Frogs' 27 three-point field goals. 

In all, the Arlington product has scored in double-digits in six out of the last seven contests. For the season, he has scored in double-figures in 11 of the 15 games. When Parrish scores 15 or more in a single-game, TCU is 3-2 and had won three-straight prior to the WVU contest.

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 Wednesday having won nine out its last 13 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 11 of the 13 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 four 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 seven opponents to below or at 39 percent.

What's Missing
TCU has not been playing with a full deck this season. Of the 16 players listed on TCU's roster, seven players have had to sit out games for the Frogs this season due to injury or NCAA transfer rules. In all, Devonta Abron, Aaron Durley, Amric Fields, Michael Williams and Hudson Price have all missed time because of injury this season. Both Abron and Durley are out for the year. If you add that TCU is without the services of transfers Trey Zeigler and Chris Washburn due to NCAA transfer rules, the Frogs haven't played any of their 15 games this season with their full roster. 

The Purple and White are missing a total of 1,705 points and 860 rebounds from the four guys who won't play this season in Abron, Durley, Washburn and Zeigler. 

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. 

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play at home against Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. CT from Fort Worth. 

 


 

 


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