TCU Takes on No. 8 Kansas Saturday Night

Jan. 24, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will continue conference play Saturday against No. 11/8 Kansas at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Jayhawks will tip at 8:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on ESPNU with Anish Shroff (Play-By-Play) and Tim Welsh (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest, which is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And SneakersTM Awareness Weekend, against Kansas 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. 11/8 Kansas comes into Saturday's showdown fresh off a 78-68 victory over Baylor in its last outing. Against the Bears, Perry Ellis scored a team-high 18 points, while freshman Andrew Wiggins tallied 17 points to help the Jayhawks knock off their fourth-straight ranked opponent. KU, who is 14-4 overall and 5-0 in league play, has won five-straight coming into Saturday's contest. The Jayhawks have been carried by Wiggins who is averaging 15.2 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. Ellis is also in double-figures with 13.2 points per contest and 6.4 boards a game. 

The Series
The two conference foes will battle for the seventh time in program history Saturday. Kansas currently leads the all-time series, 5-1, but the Horned Frogs claimed a 62-55 victory over KU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in 2013. Last February, TCU made its first Big 12 victory a memorable one, capturing its first-ever win over a top-five team in program history. Former Frog Garlon Green scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-13 from the floor for the Frogs, who limited Kansas to only 29.5 percent from the field. 

A Glance Back
When TCU took down Kansas last season, the Frogs had several milestones in their 62-55 upset victory. TCU defeated a top-5 ranked team for the first time in school history. The Frogs entered the game 0-20 in all-time matchups against such squads, including 0-5 at home. TCU set a new Daniel-Meyer Coliseum attendance record with a figure of 7,412. The Frogs also held Kansas to 13 points in the first half, the Jayhawks' lowest point total in a half since they began tracking records in 1988-89.

Johnson's Number
Going into Saturday, TCU head coach Trent Johnson is 2-1 in his head-coaching career against Kansas. Prior to last season's victory, his only other win over the Jayhawks came with Nevada on Dec. 21, 2003, which ended in a 75-61 home Wolf Pack decision.

Playing The Best
With Kansas being ranked No. 11/8 in the nation, the Horned Frogs will be playing their second-straight contest against a ranked foe. In all, TCU will be taking on its fifth ranked opponent in six games, which includes its third game against an opponent ranked in the top-10 in one of the national polls.  

What's Left
When TCU takes on No. 8 Kansas Saturday 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). At Oklahoma, TCU traveled only 10 student-athletes. 

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.
• Last Saturday's game against Texas Tech 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 4-1 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• TCU has now held 12 out of its 18 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 Texas Tech, which was the 10th time this season they have done so.
• The Frogs have now held five out of their last 10 opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
• Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in four out of his last nine outings.
• Anderson scored in double-figures for the 13th time this season Wednesday.
• Anderson posted double-digit scoring for the 43rd time in his three-year career.
• Anderson recorded his 11th 20-point game of his career Wednesday.
• Anderson now has five 20-point games this season after posting a game-high 23 points vs. Oklahoma.
• Shepherd recorded his second double-double of his career Wednesday.
• With 12 points, Shepherd scored in double-figures for a third-straight game at Oklahoma.
• Shepherd tied a career-high with five made field goals vs. OU.
• With 11 boards, Shepherd posted his highest total in league play at Oklahoma.  
• Amric Fields scored in double-figures for the sixth time in seven games at Oklahoma.

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 928 points during his three-year career, needs only 72 points to hit the 1,000-point club. In recent years, only former Frog Ronnie Moss has scored more points after 80-plus games then Anderson. Moss totaled 1,095 in 82 games between 2008-2011.

Shepherd Showing Skills
Freshman Karviar Shepherd has started to control the middle of the court for the Frogs recently. The Dallas native, who is coming off his second career double-double at Oklahoma with 12 points and 11 boards, has posted three-straight conference games of double-digits in points. 

In the last three outings, the freshman is averaging 13.3 points per game and 7.7 boards. He is also shooting 48 percent from the field and has gone 80 percent from the charity stripe. Shepherd had cashed in on 12-straight from the charity stripe prior to missing with 15:47 showing on the clock at OU in the second half. 

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. 

Following Halftime 
Heading into Saturday night, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game.  TCU has scored six more points in second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 19 less shot attempts.

Inside the Last Five Minutes
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 18 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 nine losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.

He's Heating Up
Prior to WVU, junior Kyan Anderson had started to catch fire, scoring three-straight games of 27, 25 and 21 points, respectively. With his three-straight outings, the Fort Worth native has now scored 20 or more points 11 times in his career. He has never posted four-straight games of 20 or more points in his career. 

In the last nine games, Anderson, who torched OU for 23 points, is averaging almost 16.3 points a game, while shooting a blistering 45 percent from the floor, including almost 40 percent from three-point land. He has had 20 points or more five times in the last 12 outings.

Common Trends
TCU goes into Saturday having won nine out its last 16 games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 11 of the 16 games. The only five 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), Oklahoma (8) and in a victory at Mississippi State (7). 

TCU has held all but six 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 10 opponents to below or at 39 percent.

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play on the road versus Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. CT from Lubbock.



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