Frogs Host No. 16 K-State Wednesday

Senior forward Adrick McKinney

Senior forward Adrick McKinney

Jan. 15, 2013

Gm #17: TCU (9-7; 0-3) vs. #16/18 Kansas State (13-2; 2-0)

Date & Time:Jan. 16, 2013 • 8 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television:ESPNU
TV Talent:Brad Sham (play-by-play)
Matt Doherty (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM, Sirius/XM 91)
Radio Talent:Jeff Williams (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst)
Internet:GoFrogs.com (GameTracker, Audio ), WatchESPN.com
Series:KSU leads, 3-2
Last Meeting:March 10, 1999 in Manhattan (W, 72-71)
Game Notes: TCU | K-State

FORT WORTH -- TCU welcomes 16th-ranked Kansas State to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for the first time in more than 40 years Wednesday when the two teams play their initial matchup as conference foes. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised by ESPNU, is set for 8 p.m.

The Horned Frogs, 9-7 overall, return to Fort Worth looking for their first Big 12 victory following three straight setbacks to open league play. K-State will be TCU's first ranked opponent of the season, as the squad is one of three current unbeatens remaining in the Big 12 standings with a 2-0 mark. The Wildcats bring a six-game overall winning streak, and five-game road run, into Wednesday's contest.

TCU and KSU have met only five previous times, making it the No. 3 least-played series among the Frogs' new Big 12 opponents (West Virginia - 0 games; Kansas - 4 games). It will mark the first matchup between the teams since a March 10, 1999 NIT First Round victory for TCU in Manhattan, Kan. (72-71).

Following the matchup with KSU, TCU completes its two-game homestand with a Saturday visit from Iowa State at 12:45 p.m.

ESPNU (DirecTV 208; Dish 141) will televise Wednesday's contest with the broadcast duo of Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Matt Doherty (analyst) calling the action on TV. Jeff Williams (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 and nationally on Sirius and XM channel 91. 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 has won two of its last three matchups against ranked teams dating back to last season. The only loss came in overtime against No. 21/23 San Diego State on March 3, 2012.

* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 8 in the NCAA in scoring defense (55.3 ppg). The squad is No. 32 nationally in 3-point field goal defense (29.5%).

* TCU's scoring defense average is 16.8 points fewer than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).

* TCU is forcing an average of 16.7 turnovers per game in conference play, nearly 1.5 tpg more than another other team.

* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine victories. Nine of the squad's 17 games have been decided by seven points or fewer.

* TCU has outshot 10 of its 16 opponents. The Frogs are 9-1 in such contests.

* TCU is 6-1 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 steals (No. 6), 3-point percentage (No. 7), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (T-No. 11) and scoring (No. 16).

* Garlon Green ranks No. 20 in the Big 12 in overall scoring average.

* Since moving into the three-guard position on Dec. 8, Garlon Green is averaging a team-high 15.9 ppg and shooting 52.0% from 3-point range (13-of-25). He has scored at least 20 points in three of TCU's past six games.

* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the first nine contests.

* Charles Hill Jr., who earned the start at shooting guard last game, has combined to play 62 minutes in the last two outings, equaling his playing time in the season's opening 14 contests.

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding eight of the last 10 games, averaging 9.1 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 eight contests.

* Devonta Abron's current individual field-goal percentage of 57.5% would rank No. 8 in TCU single-season history.


SCOUTING KANSAS STATE
Kansas State enters Wednesday's game at 13-2 overall and tied for second place in the Big 12 standings with a 2-0 league mark. The squad opened its conference schedule with victories vs. Oklahoma State (73-67) and at West Virginia (65-64). K-State brings a six-game winning streak and No. 16 national ranking to Fort Worth, and it has won each of its last five road games dating back to last season.

First-year head coach Bruce Weber inherited a KSU squad that returned 13 letterwinners and four starters from last year's group that posted a 22-11 record and tied for fifth place in the Big 12. KSU reached the NCAA Tournament Third Round, where it fell to top-seeded Syracuse, 75-59.

Senior guard Rodney McGruder, a Preseason All-Big 12 selection, tops the Wildcats in scoring (14.9 ppg) and steals (1.2 spg), while he ranks as the league's No. 3 overall scorer. Sophomore forward Thomas Gipson is the team's leading rebounder (6.3 rpg), while senior forward Jordan Henriquez is No. 4 in the Big 12 in blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez (4.4) and junior guard Will Spradling (3.5 apg) both rank among the league's top-9 players in assists.

As a team, K-State is among the nation's leaders in offensive rebounding (No. 3), opponent 3-point field-goal percentage (No. 11), scoring defense (No. 19), rebounding (No. 26), assists (No. 32), assist/turnover ratio (No. 43) and opponent field-goal percentage (No. 50). The squad's +12.1 ppg scoring margin ranks No. 4 in the Big 12.


INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and K-State will play for the sixth time since their first meeting on Dec. 11, 1947. KSU holds a 3-2 series edge, including a 1-0 edge in games played in Fort Worth. Both TCU victories have come in the postseason. The Frogs posted a 77-72 victory in the 1968 NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals to reach the NCAA Regional Final, now known as the Elite Eight, for the only time in program history. The squad also earned a 72-71 victory over the Wildcats in the 1999 NIT First Round played in Manhattan in the teams' most recent meeting.

TCU vs. Kansas State - All-Time Series
Date  *  W/L  *  Score  *  Site                       
Dec. 11, 1947  *  L  *  17-75  *  Manhattan
Mar. 15, 1968  *  W  *  77-72  *  Wichita
Dec. 19, 1969  *  L  *  65-75  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 1, 1970  *  L  *  70-79  *  Manhattan
Mar. 10, 1999  *  W  *  72-71  *  Manhattan


LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 72, K-STATE 71
Lee Nailon scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half and Ryan Carroll and Prince Fowler each had 16 as TCU held off Kansas State, 72-71, in an NIT First Round matchup in Manhattan, Kan., on March 10, 1999.

The Horned Frogs advanced to meet Nebraska in the tournament's second round. TCU would defeat NU, 101-89, in Fort Worth before falling to Oregon at home in the NIT Quarterfinals, 77-68.

Carroll hit 4-of-8 attempts from 3-point range to help give the Frogs their 20th victory of the season. The squad forced KSU into 17 turnovers while holding it to only 3-of-23 on 3-point attempts. Manny Dies led the Wildcats with 15 points.

TCU led by 15 at the half, 48-33, but second-leading scorer Marquise Gainous, who notched 11 points, sat for much of the second half in foul trouble as KSU rallied late. The Frogs built their early lead with the help of an 18-2 run in the opening stanza fueled by nine points from Nailon.


LAST TIME OUT: BAYLOR 51, TCU 40
TCU's bid for its first Big 12 victory came up short Saturday, as league-leading Baylor rallied in the second half for a 51-40 victory over the Horned Frogs in Waco, Texas.

The Frogs held the lead at the half, 22-21, and also found themselves in front by one with 18 minutes remaining before Baylor pushed ahead with a huge run to take control of the contest. The Bears scored 17 of the game's next 21 points to move in front by 12, 42-30, following a tip-in by Rico Gathers.

TCU was able to cut the advantage back to single digits at 42-34 following a 3-pointer by Charles Hill Jr. and free-throw by Kyan Anderson, but Baylor followed with another big run, this one a 9-0 spurt highlighted by a trey from Pierre Jackson and four points by Deuce Bello, to seal the decision. The Frogs fought until the end, scoring the game's final six points.

Hill, making his first start for TCU, had a breakout performance, leading the squad in scoring with 12 points and on the glass with eight rebounds. He set career highs in both categories while also playing a personal-best 38 minutes, 14 more than in any previous contest. Devonta Abron joined Hill in double figures with 10 points, his sixth game with at 10 or more this season. Adrick McKinney shared the team rebounding lead with Hill, pulling down eight boards.

TCU played one of its better periods of the season in the first half, controlling the pace from the tip to final buzzer. The squad held BU to only 9-of-29 shooting from the field (31.0%), including only 2-of-8 from beyond the arc. The up-tempo Bears were unable to get out and run against TCU in the opening stanza, recording only one fastbreak bucket in the early going.

Things turned in Baylor's favor following intermission. The Bears found more opportunities inside in the second half, scoring 24 of their 38 points in the paint for the game. The squad found the net on 13-of-25 (52.0%) shots in the final period compared to only 32.0% for the Frogs.


TCU-BAYLOR POSTGAME NOTES
* Charles Hill Jr. set individual career highs in points (12), rebounds (eight), field goals (five), 3-pointers (two) and minutes played (38).

* Hill earned his first career start, as TCU featured its eight different starting lineup of the season.

* Devonta Abron also reached double figures with 10 points, his sixth game with 10 or more this season.

* TCU held Baylor to a season-low 51 points, seven below its previous low of 58 set during a Nov. 16 loss to Colorado. The Bears entered the contest averaging 78.6 ppg.

* Adrick McKinney, who shared the team lead in rebounds with Hill, has paced the squad on the glass a team-high eight times this season.


RANKED TEAMS BEWARE
TCU has experienced recent success against ranked opponents, especially in games played at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

* TCU has won two of its last three meetings with ranked teams stretching back to last season. The only loss came in overtime.

* TCU won two-straight over top-20 foes last season in February home matchups against No. 11/14 UNLV (102-97) and No. 18/21 New Mexico (83-64). It marked the first time in program history the Frogs had defeated top-20 teams in succession.

* The Frogs nearly made it three wins in a row over ranked opponents, dropping a 98-92 decision to No. 21/23 San Diego State in their regular-season finale at home. The matchup marked TCU's last meeting with a ranked team.


KING OF THE HILL, JR.
True freshman Charles Hill Jr., who made only one appearance in TCU's opening seven contests, has burst onto the scene in the team's last two outings.

* Hill earned his first career start in TCU's latest matchup at Baylor, leading the squad with career highs in both points (12) and rebounds (eight). He played all 38 minutes, more than half his career total entering the contest (55 minutes).

* Hill saw his first major action in TCU's Jan. 9 loss at Oklahoma State, scoring what was then his career best of five points in 24 minutes off the bench.

* Hill has played in seven of TCU's last nine games overall.

* Hill arrived at TCU following a standout career at Fort Worth's Trimble Tech High School.  The No. 27 player in Texas and a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, he was a two-time all-district honoree who averaged 16.0 points and 3.1 steals per game while leading the Bulldogs to a 30-5 record and league championship as a senior.


 

 


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