Jan. 17, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to take on Texas Tech Saturday. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Red Raiders will tip at 5:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest with Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the contest against Texas Tech 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. Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play) and Herb Stephens (Color) will be on the airwaves.
Texas Tech comes into Saturday's contest boasting a 9-8 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in conference play. In their last outing, the Red Raiders, who will be looking for their first win on the road in conference play, dropped nationally ranked Baylor, 82-72. Forward Jaye Crockett led the way for Texas Tech, scoring 19 points, while Dejan Kravic grabbed a team-high nine boards. On the season, Crockett has averaged 14.7 points per game and 6.2 boards, while shooting 58 percent from the field.
TCU and Texas Tech will play for the 122nd time in program history Saturday. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series, 74-47, but the Frogs have won two out of the last four. Last season, Texas Tech dropped the Purple and White at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 62-53.
In the last win over Tech at the DMC in 2011, TCU ran out to a fast start and coasted to victory in the second half during a 75-69 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs hit 11 triples, including nine in the first half. Now junior Amric Fields had a solid outing, scoring 11 points.
Inside The Series
TCU and Texas Tech will be meeting for the 14th consecutive year and the 58th season in the last 59. The only season the teams did not play since 1955-56 was in 1999-2000. TCU is currently 29-28 in games played in Fort Worth. In the last 10 meetings, the Frogs have won four of those contests. The Purple and White haven't lost three-straight games against Texas Tech since falling three-straight times between 2005-2007.
Joining The Club
Junior Kyan Anderson will look to become only the 32nd TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points in his career this season. The Fort Worth native, who has tallied 898 points during his three-year career, needs only 102 points to hit the 1,000-point club. In recent years, only former Frog Ronnie Moss has scored more points after 82 games then Anderson. Moss totaled 1,095 in 82 games between 2008-2011.
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 two games ago. 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 11.3 points a game, which trails only Amric Fields' 13.5 points per game. The freshman, who is 6-foot-6, also ranks second on TCU in rebounding during league play, averaging 4.0 boards a contest.
Heading into Saturday night, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to get defensive following halftime in each league game. TCU has held its opponent to 17 less points and 13 less field goal attempts during the second stanza of action.
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 14 games.
TCU saw its three-game winning streak on the road snapped last Saturday at Baylor.
TCU has now held 11 out of its 16 opponents to under 70 points.
TCU has now held eight opponents this season to 65 points or less.
TCU fell for only the fourth time in nine games Wednesday at Oklahoma State.
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 eight opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in three out of his last seven outings.
Anderson had scored in double-figures in nine-straight games prior to Oklahoma State.
Anderson posted his 42nd game of double-figure scoring versus Baylor.
Karviar Shepherd reached double-figures in scoring for the fourth time this season at OSU.
Shepherd posted a career-high in points Wednesday with 13 at Oklahoma State.
Shepherd also recorded career-highs in free throws made (5) and attempted (7).
Shepherd scored in double-figures for the first time in Big 12 play Wednesday.
Michael Williams tallied double-figures in scoring for only the fourth time in his career Wednesday.
Amric Fields scored in double-figures with 11 points for the fourth time in five games at Oklahoma State.
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.
Inside the Last Five Minutes
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 16 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 seven losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.
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.
TCU goes into Saturday having won nine out its last 14 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 11 of the 14 games. The only three games in which the Purple and White haven't shared the rock over 10 times came in their losses to Harvard (8), Oklahoma State (5) and at Mississippi State (7).
TCU has held all but five 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 eight opponents to below or at 39 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.
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 119 rebounds on the season after only 16 games, needs only nine more rebounds to better Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus.
Get To The Half
TCU moved to 7-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 40-34 intermission lead vs. Texas Southern. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are 15-1 when leading at the break. TCU's only loss during that stretch came last January after leading Baylor 22-21 at the break.
Shoot The Rock
TCU is now 20-2 under Trent Johnson and 9-1 this season when out-shooting its opponent. The Frogs have scored 70 or more points this season eight times, which already outdoes the total number of times the Purple and White scored over 70 in 32 games a year ago.
Second Half Success
In 16 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 120-84 in the first four minutes of action.
TCU will continue conference play on the road at Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT from Norman, Okla.