TCU Set for Battle against No. 25 Oklahoma

Jan. 20, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to the road Wednesday to face off against No. 25 Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Sooners will tip at 8:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on ESPNU with Clay Matvick (Play-By-Play) and Darrin Horn (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against OU 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. 25 Oklahoma is coming off a 66-64 victory over previous No. 12 Baylor in its last outing. The Sooners, who bring a 14-4 overall record and 3-2 conference mark into Wednesday, were led by Buddy Hield's 19-point performance. The sophomore guard scored all 19 in the second half, leading a furious comeback after trailing by eight at the half. On the season, OU has been carried by Cameron Clark who is averaging 17.1 points per game and 5.9 boards. Oklahoma, who has won two out of its last three, has gone 8-2 at home this season. 

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 10-2, but TCU is coming off a 70-67 victory over the Sooners last March in Fort Worth. In the previous 12 meetings, the Horned Frogs have never won in Norman, with their only other win coming in a 95-82 decision in Oklahoma City during the 1986-87 campaign.  

What's Left
When TCU takes on nationally ranked Oklahoma Wednesday it is important to note that the Frogs are playing without some key components. The Purple and White have 11 out of their 16 available, with only eight being on scholarship. Of the 11 available, only two check in at taller than 6-foot-7 in Amric Fields (6-foot-9) and Karviar Shepherd (6-foot-10). 

Defensive Minded
The Frogs got back to their defensive ways in their last outing against Texas Tech. TCU didn't allow the Red Raiders to score from the field from the 9:32 mark of the first half until the opening 15 seconds of the second stanza of action. During that stretch, TCU, who closed the half on a 16-1 run, forced Texas Tech into five turnovers and a 0-for-6 showing from the floor. 

Shepherd Showing Skills
Freshman Karviar Shepherd has started to control the middle of the court for the Frogs recently. The Dallas native has posted back-to-back games of career-highs in points. In the last two outings, the freshman is averaging 12.3 points per game and 6.7 boards. He is also shooting 52.4 percent from the field and has gone 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. Shepherd hasn't missed a free throw since the 9:41 mark of the second half against Oklahoma State. He has cashed in on 11-straight from the line.  

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 905 points during his three-year career, needs only 95 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. 

Following Halftime 
Heading into Wednesday night, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game.  TCU has scored nine more points in second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 14 less shot attempts.

TCU Headlines
• TCU is 15-2 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU is 7-1 this season when leading at the half.
• Saturday's game marked the first time this season the Frogs have led at halftime and lost.
• The only two times TCU has led at the half and lost under Johnson, the Frogs have led by only one-point.
• TCU is 4-0 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• TCU saw its three-game winning streak on the road snapped last Saturday at Baylor.
• TCU has now held 12 out of its 17 opponents to under 70 points.
• TCU has now held nine opponents this season to 65 points or less.
• The Horned Frogs held the advantage in steals against Tech, which was the 10th time this season they have done so.
• The Frogs have now held five out of their last nine opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
• Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in three out of his last eight outings.  
• Anderson had scored in double-figures in nine-straight games prior to Oklahoma State.
• Amric Fields scored in double-figures for the fifth time in six games against Texas Tech.
• Fields led TCU in rebounding for a second-straight game vs. Texas Tech.
• Karviar Shepherd tallied a career-high 15 points Saturday against Texas Tech.
• Shepherd posted his second-straight game and fourth this season of double-figure scoring Saturday.
• Shepherd posted career-highs in free throws made (9) and attempted (9) vs. Tech.
• Shepherd tallied a career-high 40 minutes Saturday.
• Shepherd led TCU in scoring for a second-straight conference game against Texas Tech.

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' 17 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 eight losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.

Common Trends
TCU goes into Wednesday having won nine out its last 15 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 11 of the 15 games. The only four 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), Texas Tech (4) and at Mississippi State (7). 

TCU has held all but five opponents to 71 points or less, including nine foes to 65 points or fewer. The Horned Frogs have also allowed only Longwood and K-State to shoot over 50 percent, holding five out of the last nine opponents to below or at 39 percent.

Second Half Success
In 17 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 122-89 in the first four minutes of action.

Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently ranks third in the Big 12 and 87th nationally in free throw shooting percentage at 72.1 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After 17 games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 314 times, while shooting 60 percent (189-of-314) from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 295-of-409 from the charity stripe.

Individually, senior Thomas Montigel has sank five in-a-row, while Karviar Shepherd has hit 11-straight. 

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play at home versus Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.



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