Connell Crossland has scored at least 11 points in two straight games for TCU.
Feb. 1, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU returns to the court for the first time in a week Saturday when it travels to Austin to take on Texas at the Longhorns’ Frank Erwin Center. The contest, which will be televised live by the Longhorn Network, is set to tip off at 7 p.m.
The Horned Frogs, 9-11 overall and 0-7 in conference play, will be in action for the first time since suffering a Jan. 26 home loss to Baylor. TCU will shoot for its first Big 12 victory against UT, which sits one spot in front of the Frogs in the league standings. The Longhorns, 9-11 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12, posted their only Big 12 win at home Jan. 26 vs. Texas Tech (73-57). The squad dropped an 83-57 decision at K-State in its latest outing Wednesday.
TCU and Texas will meet for only the second time since the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996 and the first time since a January 2008 Longhorn victory in Austin (67-59). UT has won four straight in the series and eight of the last nine.
The Longhorn Network will televise Saturday’s contest, with Sam Gore (play-by-play) and Bruce Bowen (color) serving as the broadcast team. Fans are advised to check their local listings for a network carrier in their area.
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. The UT broadcast will be offered nationally on satellite radio via Sirius channel 113 and XM 202.
Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* Trent Johnson is 0-1 vs. Texas as a head coach, having dropped an 82-62 decision to No. 7 Texas in the 2008 Sweet 16 in his final game leading the Stanford program.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 21 in the NCAA in scoring defense (58.4 ppg). The squad is No. 25 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (4.7 3pg).
* TCU’s scoring defense average is nearly 14 points fewer per game than last season’s final figure (72.1 ppg).
* 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 is 9-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-10 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 7-1 when posting a mark of at least 45.0% overall and 6-1 when leading at the half.
* TCU has attempted 135 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 99 for its opponents, an average margin of +5.1 pg.
* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine victories.
* TCU has featured nine different starting lineups this season.
* Adrick McKinney leads TCU in both scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) during Big 12 play.
* McKinney is ninth in the Big 12 in overall rebounding average (6.9 rpg) and No. 7 since the start of league play (7.0 rpg). He ranks No. 3 in offensive rebounds in Big 12 games (3.1 rpg).
* McKinney has scored in double figures in seven of the last 12 games. He had done so only seven times in 40 career games entering the stretch.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 11 of the last 14 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 14 contests, the longest streak for a Frog since 2009-10 (Zvonko Buljan, 24 straight).
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in steals (No. 5), minutes played (No. 6), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (T-No. 13) and scoring (No. 18).
* Anderson’s 35-point game Dec. 22 at Rice ranks as the top individual scoring performance by a Big 12 player this season.
* McKinney’s 20-rebound effort Dec. 4 vs. Houston ranks No. 2 among Big 12 individual performances.
* Garlon Green has played in 98 straight games for TCU. He has climbed into the No. 10 spot on TCU’s career games played list (117) and will tie Ryan Carroll (1998-01) for ninth place with his next appearance. Green also is No. 9 in career minutes at TCU (2,907).
* Green is averaging a team-high 12.5 ppg and shooting 45.2% from 3-point range (14-of-31) over the last 11 contests since the Dec. 8 loss at Tulsa. He has scored 20 or more points three times over that period.
* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the first nine contests.
* Connell Crossland has scored in double figures each of the last two games, the first such streak of his career, averaging 11.5 ppg. He combined to shoot 68.8% from the field.
* Since the start of Big 12 play, Crossland ranks No. 9 in the league in offensive rebounds and 14th (tie) in blocked shots.
* Charles Hill Jr., who has started at shooting guard each of the last five games, has averaged playing 30.7 minutes during the last six contests. He was on the court for only 31 minutes all season entering the current stretch.
* Hill has scored 36 of his 41 points in Big 12 action.
Texas enters Saturday’s game with the same record as TCU at 9-11 overall, while the Longhorns sit one spot in front of the Frogs in the Big 12 standings with a 1-6 league mark. The squad’s lone conference win came at home Jan. 26 vs. Texas Tech (73-57). Two of its league losses came in overtime at Baylor (86-79) and vs. West Virginia (57-53).
Fifteenth-year head coach Rick Barnes returned seven letterwinners and two starters from last season’s team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-14 overall record. Texas finished sixth in the Big 12 regular-season standings with a 9-9 league mark. The Longhorns employ a young lineup this season that featured three freshmen and two sophomore starters in its most recent outing.
A pair of sophomore guards paces the UT offensive attack in Sheldon McClellan (14.8 ppg) and Julian Lewis (11.7 ppg). McClellan ranks No. 4 among the Big 12’s leading scorers. Sophomore forward Jonathan Holmes tops the squad and is No. 8 in the conference in rebounding at 7.1 rpg, while freshman guard Javan Felix is No. 2 in the league in assists (5.8 apg).
As a team, the Longhorns average 64.1 ppg, which is No. 9 in the Big 12. The squad is No. 1 in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (25.8%) and No. 2 in overall field-goal defense (36.0%) and blocked shots (5.1 bpg).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Texas will meet for the 165th time on the hardwood, which ranks No. 4 on the Frogs’ list of longest all-time series. It will be the first meeting between the schools since a 67-59 UT victory in Austin on Jan. 2, 2008. The Longhorns own a 102-62 overall series lead, including eight wins in the last nine games, and have won four straight. TCU trails by a 61-20 margin in games played in Austin and has dropped 10 straight contests there since its last win on Feb. 18, 1987 (70-54).
TCU vs. Texas – Last 10 Meetings
Date * W/L * Score * Site
Feb. 3, 1993 * W * 83-77 * Fort Worth
Mar. 3, 1993 * L * 84-102 * Austin
Feb. 5, 1994 * L * 73-95 * Austin
Mar. 5, 1994 * L * 78-111 * Fort Worth
Mar. 10, 1994 * L * 75-96 * Dallas
Jan. 10, 1995 * W * 102-98 * Fort Worth
Feb. 8, 1995 * L * 99-111 * Austin
Jan. 13, 1996 * L * 88-103 * Austin
Feb. 11, 1996 * L * 81-102 * Fort Worth
Jan. 2, 2008 * L * 59-67 * Austin
LAST TIME WE MET: TEXAS 67, TCU 59
TCU played one of its best games of the season but fell short to No. 12 Texas by a 67-59 count in Austin on Jan. 2, 2008. The Longhorns came into the game without one of their top scorers in A.J. Abrams but found all the scoring power they needed in Damion James and D.J. Augustin.
James recorded a double-double featuring 29 points and 14 rebounds while adding five blocked shots. Augustin scored 20 points and went 10-of-12 at the free-throw line.
TCU featured two players in double figures, including guard Henry Salter, who totaled 19 points with the help of five 3-pointers. Forward Kevin Langford added 11 points.
The Frogs jumped out to an early 16-9 lead before Texas regrouped to grab a two-point edge at intermission, 34-32. The Longhorns then outscored the Frogs 19-11 at the outset of the second half to take control of the contest.
LAST TIME OUT: BAYLOR 82, TCU 56
TCU ran into a sharp-shooting Baylor squad last Saturday, falling by an 82-56 count to the Bears at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Adrick McKinney led the Frogs in the scorebook with 15 points.
BU was hot from outside throughout the afternoon, and it proved to be more than TCU could handle. The Bears, who drilled 11-of-19 attempts from 3-point range, played well in most facets, taking advantage of nearly every opportunity that arose. The squad went 17-for-20 at the free-throw line and scored 25 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. The Bears’ edge in size resulted in a 40-30 overall rebounding advantage, while the squad also limited TCU to only 33.3% shooting from the floor overall.
McKinney led TCU in both scoring and rebounding, adding eight rebounds to go with his 15 points. Connell Crossland and Nate Butler Lind both matched career scoring highs with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Baylor received a big game from Pierre Jackson, who led the squad’s barrage from outside with 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Gary Franklin also was sharp from deep, going 4-of-4 to account for his 12 points.
TCU-BAYLOR POSTGAME NOTES
* McKinney led TCU in scoring for the third time this season with 15 points. He reached double figures for the eighth time and the seventh time in the last 12 games.
* McKinney set career highs in both free throws made (seven) and attempts (11).
* Crossland has scored in double figures in back-to-back contests for the first time in his career.
* Kyan Anderson totaled four steals, his fifth career game, and third this season, with four or more thefts.