Preview: No. 10 Texas Tech


Feb. 1, 2018

TCU Horned Frogs
(16-6, 4-5)
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No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders
(18-4, 6-3)
Feb. 3, 2018 | 1 p.m. | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena (6,800)

FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU (16-6, 4-5) will try for its second consecutive win over a top 10 opponent when it hosts No. 10 Texas Tech (18-4, 6-3) Saturday at 1 p.m.

The game at Schollmaier Arena will be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on 570 KLIF AM as well as Sirius/XM channel 84, FrogVision and the TuneIn app.

Storylines
- The Frogs’ other top 10 win was an 82-73 victory over No. 7 West Virginia on Jan. 22.
- TCU has never defeated three top 25 teams in the same season.
- It will be TCU’s “retro rewind” game where it will wear throwback uniforms first worn in 1949-50 season.
- TCU will honor the 1967-68 Final Eight team in the first half at the under four-minute media timeout.
- The Frogs are coming off a 79-66 win over Oklahoma State Tuesday, their first win in Stillwater since the 1924-25 season.
- During the win over the Cowboys, Kenrich Williams became the 35th TCU player to eclipse 1,000 career points.
- TCU is 11-2 at home this season with its two losses coming to then No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 10 Kansas.
- TCU’s six losses this season are by a combined 19 points, an average of 3.2 points per game.
- Alex Robinson (347) is 6 assists away from tying Jamie Dixon (353) for eighth in career assists at TCU.
- The Frogs were ranked for eight consecutive weeks. They are receiving votes in both the AP and the USA Today polls.
- TCU was ranked as high as No. 10 in the AP Top 25, which was its highest ranking in school history.
- 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 (10th, 1.55), field goal percentage (11th, 50.5), rebounding margin (17th, +7.3), scoring (6th, 86.5) and 3-point percentage (15th, 41.0).
- TCU ranks fifth in offensive efficiency, the best in the Big 12, according to KenPom.com.
- Kenrich Williams has recorded nine double-doubles and is averaging 14.4 points and a team-best 9.6 rebounds this season.
- With a balanced scoring attack, TCU has six TCU players averaging 9.8 points or more.
- Williams is one rebound shy of tying Kurt Thomas (782) for eighth all-time at TCU.
- Vladimir Brodziansky leads TCU with 15.1 points per game and has scored in double figures in the last 13 games.
- Freshman Kouat Noi leads the Big 12 in 3-point shooting percentage (48.0).

About the Opponent
- Texas Tech is coming off a 73-71 overtime win against Texas on Wednesday.
- The Red Raiders enter Saturday’s contest on a three-game winning streak.
- Senior Keenan Evans ranks second in the Big 12 with 18.6 points per game. He scored 38 points against Texas including a buzzer-beater in overtime to give the Red Raiders a two-point win.


- Texas Tech leads the all-time series 79-51.
- In Fort Worth, the series is tied 31-31 with TCU winning last season’s meeting 62-61 on Feb. 7.
- It is the first time a ranked Texas Tech team has played in Fort Worth since Dec. 8, 2009 when it was ranked No. 23.

Throwback Uniforms
- TCU will wear its white FROGS (script) uniforms on Saturday. The “new” uniforms were worn twice last season, first in a 78-63 win over Texas on Feb. 4 and again in a 61-60 loss to West Virginia on Feb. 25. This season, TCU wore them in a 73-68 loss at Kansas State on Jan. 20.
- The original FROGS script uniforms debuted during the 1949-50 season and were last worn during 1963-64.

1967-68 Final Eight Team
- TCU will honor the 1967-68 team on Saturday. The Frogs won the Southwest Conference that season and defeated Kansas State (77-72) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1 Houston (103-68) in the Midwest Regional championship in Wichita, Kan. The Cougars were led by Elvin Hayes who scored 39 against the Frogs.
- The TCU team featured James Cash, the first African-American basketball player in the Southwest Conference and one of four TCU players to have his jersey retired.

Three Pointers from Everyone
TCU has been one of the best shooting teams in the nation all season. Part of the reason the Frogs are so good is because of the number of weapons from 3-point range. TCU has eight players who have made 10 or more 3-pointers this season.

Close Losses
TCU’s six losses, have come by five or fewer points, a total of 19 points and an average of 3.2 points per game. The Frogs’ last three regular-season losses of the 2016-17 season came by five or fewer points, so TCU’s last nine regular-season losses have come by a margin of five or less. In the 64 Big 12 losses prior to the 2016-17 season, Jamie Dixon’s first year, only six were by five or fewer points.

700-Rebound Club
Kenrich Williams is one of 10 players in TCU history with 700 career rebounds. The senior is in 9th on the all-time list with 781 boards, one behind Kurt Thomas. He is the first person since 1998 to join the 700-club. For more on the list, see page nine.

1,000-Point Club
Seniors Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams both went over 1,000 points for their careers. Brodziansky went over 1,000 during the game with Nevada and Williams entered the club at Oklahoma State. Later this season, Williams will become the fifth player in TCU history with 1,000 points and 800 rebounds, the first since 1992.

Shooting and Scoring
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA in scoring offense (86.5). 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.
- The Frogs rank first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in assists per game (19.7).
- TCU ranks first in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA in field goal shooting (50.5%). TCU has never averaged 50 percent or better in a season.
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 15th in the NCAA in 3-point shooting (41.0%).
- TCU’s offensive efficiency ranks fifth at 120.8 according to KenPom.com. - TCU has three among the top 11 in shooting percentage in the Big 12... 5. Vladimir Brodziansky - 58.4, 10. Kouat Noi - 54.7, 11. Desmond Bane - 52.8. TCU is the only team with three players ranked in the top 15 in shooting percentage in the Big 12. - Freshman Kouat Noi (47.2) leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage. Sophomore Desmond Bane ranks third (46.6). - 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.

 

 

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