Jan. 30, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to the hardwood Saturday at Texas Tech inside United Spirit Arena. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Red Raiders will tip at 12:30 p.m. CT and be shown live on Big 12 Network with Brad Sham (Play-By-Play) and Stephen Howard (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the contest, which is part of Autism Awareness Day, 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. Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) will be on the airwaves.
Texas Tech comes into Saturday's game with a 10-11 overall record, including a 2-6 mark in league play after dropping a 66-58 decision to Kansas State Tuesday. Against the Wildcats, Jaye Crockett scored 15 points, while Dejan Kravic added eight boards, but the Red Raiders couldn't complete the second half comeback despite pulling within single-digits late in the contest.
For the season, Crockett has carried the load, averaging 14.3 points per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field. Jordan Tolbert has also been solid, tallying 11.4 points a game and 6.2 rebounds a contest.
TCU and Texas Tech will play for the 123rd time in program history Saturday. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series, 75-47, but the Frogs have won two out of the last five. The only season the two conference foes did not play since 1955-56 was in 1999-2000. Despite the 60-49 setback last month, the Frogs have won four out of the last 11 contests.
A Glance Back
In January, TCU ended the first half on a 16-1 run to take a one-point halftime lead, but just missed on some key opportunities in the second stanza of action, falling to Texas Tech at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 60-49. In game that could have gone either way following intermission, the Horned Frogs were able to overcome a slow start shooting wise, thanks in large part to an impressive showing at the free throw line and tough defense. For the game, the Frogs went 26-for-31 (.839) from the charity stripe. During the first period alone, TCU, who didn't allow Texas Tech to score from the field for over nine minutes of action in the opening frame, shot 85.7 percent, going 12-of-14.
Freshman Karviar Shepherd had a career outing against the Red Raiders in January, scoring a career-high 15 points, which included a 9-for-9 showing at the free throw line. The Dallas native, who logged a season-high 40 minutes, also added seven boards, three blocks and one steal.
When TCU takes on Texas Tech Saturday it is important to note that the Frogs are playing without some key components. The Purple and White could possibly have only 10 out of their 16 available, with only seven being on scholarship. Against Kansas, 6-foot-10 post Karviar Shepherd suffered a hand injury to his non-shooting hand and is questionable for Saturday's outing. If Shepherd can't go in Lubbock that means the Purple and White are left with only one student-athlete who checks in at taller than 6-foot-7 in Amric Fields (6-foot-9).
Anderson's Production Broken Down
Kyan Anderson leads TCU this season, averaging a team-best 14.9 points per game. When breaking it down even further though, Anderson is averaging right at a point per possession. Possessions are figured by field goals attempted, free throws attempted and total number of turnovers. The Fort Worth native has also dished out a total of 22 assists in the last five games, including eight versus Kansas last Saturday.
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.
The earlier 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 19 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 Kansas, which was the 11th time this season they have done so.
The Frogs have now held five out of their last 11 opponents to right at 39 percent or below.
Kyan Anderson has scored 20 or more points in four out of his last 10 outings.
Anderson scored in double-figures for the 14th time this season last Saturday.
Anderson tallied his second-straight double-digit scoring output in league play vs. Kansas.
Anderson recorded his 11th 20-point game of his career at Oklahoma.
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 vs. Oklahoma.
With 12 points at OU, Shepherd scored in double-figures for a third-straight game in league play prior to Kansas.
Amric Fields scored in double-figures against Kansas, which marked for the seventh time in eight games.
Brandon Parrish has now scored in double-digits in 12 games this season.
Parrish led TCU in scoring for a third time this season last Saturday night.
Playing The Best
Prior to Saturday's game at Texas Tech, TCU has faced five ranked opponents in six games, which includes three games against an opponent ranked in the top-10 in one of the national polls.
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 940 points during his three-year career, needs only 60 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.
The Frogs got back to their defensive ways in their home 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.
Heading into Saturday night, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game. TCU has scored 11 more points in second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 20 less shot attempts.
Inside the Last Five Minutes
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 19 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.
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 141 rebounds on the season after only 19 games, has already grabbed more rebounds than Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus (127).
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 19 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 134-104 in the first four minutes of action.
TCU will continue conference play at home versus Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from Fort Worth.