TCU to Close Out Season Series with Baylor

Senior Connell Crossland fell just one point shy of matching his top scoring game last time out at West Virginia.

Jan. 25, 2013

Game #20: TCU (9-10; 0-6) vs. Baylor (13-5; 4-1)

Date & Time:Jan. 26, 2013 • 3:01 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television:Big 12 Network (TXA-21 in DFW; ESPN Full Court)
TV Talent:Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)
Stephen Howard (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM, Sirius 138, XM 194)
Radio Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst) (GameTracker, Audio )
Series:Baylor leads, 88-81
Last Meeting:Jan. 12, 2013 in Waco (L, 40-51)
Game Notes: TCU | Baylor

FORT WORTH -- TCU returns home to Fort Worth to close out its two-game season series with Baylor on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Big 12 Network will televise the game from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs, 9-10 overall and 0-6 in conference play, will attempt to break a six-game winless streak when it takes on the Bears. Baylor will be the first opponent that TCU will see twice this season, as BU earned a 51-40 victory two weeks ago in Waco, Texas (Jan. 12). The Bears, 13-5 overall and tied for second place in the Big 12 standings with a 4-1 league mark, bring a two-game winning streak into Saturday's matchup.

TCU and Baylor will meet in Fort Worth for the first time since Dec. 29, 2001, a 92-81 Frog win at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Bears snapped a four-game TCU win streak Jan. 12 win to boost their advantage in the all-time series to 88-81.

The Big 12 Network will televise Saturday's contest live on a regional basis on TXA-21 in the DFW area. Those viewers located inside the Big 12 footprint but outside the Metroplex should check local listings for a local carrier in their area. The contest will also be offered on ESPN3 to qualified cable subscribers and on a pay-per-view basis via ESPN Full Court. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (color) will serve as the Big 12 Network broadcast team.

Brian Estridge (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, as well as nationally on Sirius 138 and XM 194. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.

* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 13 in the NCAA in scoring defense (57.2 ppg). The squad is No. 19 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (4.3 3pg) and 81st in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (31.3%).

* TCU has limited all but three opponents to fewer than 70 points this season.

* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 15 points fewer per game than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).

* TCU has held two Big 12 opponents to their lowest scoring totals of the season to that point (Baylor: 51; Iowa State: 63).

* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.

* TCU is second in the Big 12 in turnovers forced during conference play (14.0 tpg).

* TCU has attempted 110 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 79 for its opponents, an average margin of +5.2 pg.

* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine victories. Nine of the squad's 18 games have been decided by seven points or fewer.

* TCU is 9-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 7-1 when shooting 45.0% or higher from the field overall.

* TCU is 6-1 when leading at the half.

* TCU has featured nine different starting lineups this season.

* 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).

* Garlon Green will tie TCU's all-time leading scorer, Darrell Browder (1980-83), for 10th place on the program's career games played list at 117 with an appearance vs. Baylor. It also will mark Green's 97th consecutive game seeing action.

* Green recently entered TCU's top 10 for career minutes played. He currently sits at No. 9 (2,883 mins).

* McKinney is 10th in the Big 12 in overall rebounding average (6.8 rpg) and No. 4 in the conference in offensive rebounding since the start of league play (3.2 orpg).

* McKinney has scored in double figures in six of the last 11 games. He had done so only seven times in 40 career games entering the stretch.

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 10 of the last 13 games, averaging 8.5 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.

* McKinney as pulled in at least five boards in each of the last 13 contests, the longest streak for a Frog since 2009-10 (Zvonko Buljan, 24 straight).

* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 5), steals (No. 6), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10), 3-pointers (No. 14) and scoring (No. 16).

* Green is averaging a team-high 13.1 ppg and shooting 46.7% from 3-point range (14-of-30) over the last 10 contests with three 20-point outings.

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

* Abron's current individual field-goal percentage of 56.3% would rank No. 9 in TCU single-season history.

* Charles Hill Jr., who has started at shooting guard each of the last four games, has averaged playing 31.8 minutes during the last five games. He played only 31 minutes all season entering the current stretch.

* Hill has scored 32 of his 37 points in Big 12 action.

* Since the start of Big 12 play, Connell Crossland ranks No. 9 in the league in offensive rebounding, tied for No. 12 in blocked shots and tied for No. 20 in overall rebounding.

Baylor enters Saturday's game at 13-5 overall and tied for second place in the Big 12 standings with a 4-1 mark in league play. The squad's lone conference setback came two weeks ago on the road at second-ranked Kansas (61-44). The Bears own Big 12 home victories over Texas, TCU and Oklahoma State and a road win over Texas Tech.

Tenth-year head coach Scott Drew returned eight letterwinners and two starters from last season's team that reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament with a 30-8 overall record. Baylor tied for third place in the Big 12 regular-season standings with a 12-6 league mark.

Three Bears average double figures in points, including Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Pierre Jackson, a senior guard who leads the league in scoring (18.6 ppg) and ranks No. 2 in assists (5.9 apg). Freshman center Isaiah Austin (14.3 ppg) and junior forward Cory Jefferson (13.1 ppg) add double-digit scoring averages and are Nos. 2 (8.9 rpg) and 3 (8.6 rpg) in the league in rebounding, respectively. Jefferson also tops the Big 12 in field-goal percentage (59.2%) and is second in blocked shots (2.3 bpg).

As a team, Baylor ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 in scoring average (75.9 ppg), scoring margin (+13.1 ppg), field-goal percentage (46.1%), 3-pointers made (6.7 3pg) and steals (7.7 spg).

TCU and Baylor will be playing for the 170th time in the all-time series and the first game in Fort Worth since a 2001-02 matchup at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Bears own an 88-81 all-time advantage, although the Frogs hold a 44-39 edge in games played in Fort Worth, including three straight victories. BU snapped a four-game TCU winning streak in the overall series on Jan. 12 with a 51-40 victory in Waco.

TCU vs. Baylor - Last 10 Meetings
Date  *  W/L  *  Score  *  Site                           
Jan. 15, 1994  *  L  *  73-80  *  Fort Worth
Feb. 12, 1994  *  L  *  75-82  *  Waco
Jan. 18, 1995  *  L  *  90-98  *  Waco
Feb. 14, 1995  *  L  *  104-111  *  Fort Worth
Feb. 17, 1996  *  L  *  70-72  *  Waco
March 2, 1996  *  W  *  77-75  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 13, 1997  *  W  *  99-75  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 29, 2001  *  W  *  92-81  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 7, 2002  *  W  *  72-64  *  Waco
Jan. 12, 2013  *  L  *  40-51  *  Waco

TCU's bid for its first Big 12 victory came up short, as Baylor rallied in the second half for a 51-40 victory Jan. 12 in Waco.

The Frogs held the lead at the half, 22-21, and also found themselves in front by one with 18 minutes left 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 the Frogs, 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.

TCU was unable to match up with West Virginia in a meeting of Big 12 newcomers Wednesday, as the Frogs suffered a 71-50 setback to the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia jumped on top of TCU early after the Frogs grabbed a 6-3 edge less than three minutes into the contest. WVU responded with a 9-0 run to pull ahead by five, 13-8, with the help of four consecutive Frog turnovers. WVU's pressure defense gave TCU fits in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers. TCU would never see the lead again. WVU moved in front by 15 points in the opening stanza and as many as 21 midway through the second half. The Frogs refused to give up, closing to within 11 with just over seven minutes left, but WVU responded with an 11-2 spurt to put the game away.

Kyan Anderson led a trio of Frogs in double figures with 19 points. Connell Crossland came off the bench to add 11, just one off his career high, and added a team-best seven rebounds. Crossland also set a personal best with three blocked shots. Adrick McKinney chipped in 10 points for his sixth double-figure performance in the last 13 outings.

* Kyan Anderson led TCU in scoring for the fifth time this season, one effort shy of Garlon Green for the team lead.

* Connell Crossland led the Frogs on the boards for the fifth time this season, No. 2 on the team to only McKinney (10).

* Crossland totaled 11 points, one shy of his career scoring high. He reached double digits for the third time this season and the first time since the Dec. 8 loss at Tulsa (10 points).

* Crossland also set a career high with three blocked shots, while Green matched a career best with four assists.



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