Preview: No. 6 West Virginia

Jan. 21, 2018

#24 TCU Horned Frogs
(14-5, 2-5)
#6 West Virginia Mountaineers
(16-3, 5-2)
Jan. 22, 2018 | 8 p.m. | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena (6,800)

FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 24/25 TCU (14-5, 2-5) hosts its first-ever Big Monday game against No. 6 West Virginia (16-3, 5-2) at 8 p.m.

The game at Schollmaier Arena will be televised on ESPN and can be heard on 88.7 KTCU FM and 570 KLIF AM as well as FrogVision and the TuneIn app.

It is the first time that TCU will play on Big Monday, ESPN’s signature college basketball telecast, which debuted in 1987.

- TCU will be wearing its road purple uniforms.
- The annual Suits And Sneakers Week runs Jan. 22-28 and raises awareness about the American Cancer Society.
- TCU coach Jamie Dixon will also wear a tie in support of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, part of the NABC.
- TCU is 1-3 this season against teams ranked in the top 25.
- The last ranked team TCU beat at home was No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015, at Wilkerson-Greines High School.
- TCU is looking for its first win over a ranked team at Schollmaier Arena (0-10).
- TCU has not had more than 14 turnovers over the last nine games, an average of 10.3 per game.
- TCU’s five losses this season are by a combined 16 points, an average of 3.2 points per game.
- The Frogs are ranked for the eighth consecutive week. They are No. 24 in the AP and No. 25 in the USA Today poll.
- TCU was ranked as high as No. 10 in the AP Top 25, which was its highest ranking in school history.
- TCU is 46-20 all-time as a ranked team, including a 23-4 record at home and 18-9 on the road.
- TCU’s 13-2 start to the season was the best in school history since a 13-2 record during the 1933-34 season.
- TCU leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks second in the NCAA with 20.0 assists per game.
- TCU ranks among the national leaders in assist turnover ratio (5th, 1.64), field goal percentage (10th, 50.4), rebounding margin (22nd, +6.8), scoring (6th, 87.5) and 3-point percentage (19th, 40.8).
- TCU ranks fourth in offensive efficiency, the best in the Big 12, according to
- Kenrich Williams has recorded nine double-doubles and is averaging 14.7 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds this season.
- Williams is one of five players averaging double-figures. There are six TCU players averaging 9.4 points or more.
- Williams has scored in double figures in each of his last 15 games. He is 32 points away from 1,000 for his career.
- Williams ranks ninth all-time at TCU in career rebounds (749) and tied for seventh in career steals (125).
- Vladimir Brodziansky ranks fourth all-time at TCU in career blocks (147) and 20th in career points (1,146).
- Sophomore Jaylen Fisher (right knee) was ruled out for the season on Jan. 16. He was averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 assists.
- TCU was picked to finish third in the Big 12 after finishing tied for seventh last season. Both were program bests.
- TCU returned its top six scorers from last season’s team that went 24-15, finished tied for seventh in the Big 12 and won the NIT, including all five starters. It’s the first time Jamie Dixon has had a team with every starter returning from the year before.
- TCU returned 79 percent of its scoring and 79 percent of its rebounding from last season.
- One season after winning its first postseason tournament, TCU will try to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Since 1985, 58 percent of the teams that won the NIT made the NCAA Tournament the following season.

About the Opponent
- West Virginia is coming off an 86-51 win over Texas on Saturday, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
- The Mountaineers are led by Jevon Carter's 16.9 points per game, which is the third-most in the Big 12.
- West Virginia leads the Big 12 in scoring margin (+16.6), steals (9.4), turnover margin (+7.2) and offensive rebounding (14.5).

About the Series
- West Virginia leads the all-time series 11-0
- The Frogs lost the last meeting, in Fort Worth, by one point, 61-60.
- While at Pitt, Jamie Dixon was 12-7 against West Virginia.

TCU vs. Top 25
- TCU is 17-150 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, including 11-47 at home and 1-77 on the road.
- TCU was 1-7 against ranked teams last season with the win coming against No. 1 Kansas on March 9, 2017 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.
- TCU’s last win over a top 25 team at home came on Feb. 14, 2015, a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State at Wilkerson-Greines.
- TCU’s last and only win over a top 25 team on the road came on Jan. 19, 1998, an 83-76 win at Hawai’i.
- TCU is 0-10 against top 25 teams in the Schollmaier Arena, which opened during the 2015-16 season.
- The last time a top 25 TCU squad defeated a top 25 team at home was on Feb. 21, 1998 when No. 19 TCU beat No. 11 New Mexico, 95-64 in Fort Worth at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Shooting and Scoring
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA in scoring offense (87.5). TCU has not averaged 80 or more points per game in a season since the 2002-03 campaign where it averaged 80.4. Last year’s NIT championship team averaged 69.7 points.
- TCU ranks first in the Big 12 and 10th in the NCAA in field goal shooting (50.4%). TCU has never averaged 50 percent or better in a season.
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 19th in the NCAA in 3-point shooting (40.8%).
- Over 60 percent of TCU’s field goals (599) were assisted (380), a percentage of 63.4. The Frogs rank first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in assists per game (20.0).
- TCU’s offensive efficiency ranks fourth at 121.3 according to
- TCU has three among the top 10 in shooting percentage in the Big 12... 3. Vladimir Brodziansky - 60.5, 9. Kouat Noi - 55.2, 10. Desmond Bane - 53.8.
- TCU has three among the top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the Big 12... 5. Desmond Bane - 48.1, 9. Kouat Noi - 54.0, 10. Kenrich Williams - 52.7.
- TCU has scored over 90 points eight times this season. It’s the most times the Frogs have scored 90 or more in a season since the 2001-02 season when they did it 13 times.

Low Turnovers
TCU had a season-high 29 assists to just four turnovers against Iowa State on Jan. 17. It was the fewest turnovers in a game for the Horned Frogs since four turnovers at Texas Tech on Jan. 30, 1993.

20-Point Scorers
Six different TCU players have scored at least 20 points in a game, which ties with seven other teams for the most in the country. Those players and the number of 20 point games they’ve had are: Brodziansky - 5, Fisher - 4, Miller - 2, Williams - 4, Bane - 1, Robinson - 1.

700 Rebound Club
Kenrich Williams is one of 10 players in TCU history with 700 career rebounds. The senior is in 10th on the all-time list with 749 boards. He is the first person since 1998 to join the 700-club.

1,000-Point Club
Senior Vladimir Brodziansky is the 34th member of the 1,000 point club. At 1,162 points, the Slovakian is 18th on the all-time scoring list. Senior Kenrich Williams is 32 points from 1,000 for his career. Williams could become the eighth player in TCU history with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. Both are in their third seasons with the Horned Frogs.

Strong Schedule
TCU’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 16 by the NCAA through games completed on Jan. 20.



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