TCU Hosts No. 5 Kansas at Sold-Out DMC

Garlon Green will appear in his 100th straight game for TCU on Wednesday.

Garlon Green will appear in his 100th straight game for TCU on Wednesday.

Feb. 5, 2013

Game #22: TCU (9-12; 0-8) vs. No. 5/5 Kansas (19-2; 7-1)

Date & Time:Feb. 6, 2013 • 8:05 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television:ESPNU
TV Talent:Mitch Holthus (play-by-play)
Matt Doherty (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM, Sirius 92, XM 192)
Radio Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst)
Internet:GoFrogs.com (GameTracker, Audio )
WatchESPN.com
Series:Kansas leads, 4-0
Last Meeting:Dec. 9, 2004 in Lawrence (L, 74-93)
Game Notes: TCU | Kansas

FORT WORTH -- TCU opens a stretch of three games in six days Wednesday when it welcomes No. 5/5 Kansas to a sold-out Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The matchup, which will be televised live by ESPNU, is set to tip off at 8 p.m.

The Horned Frogs, 9-12 overall and 0-8 in conference play, are still looking for their first Big 12 victory and will face a strong challenge against the Jayhawks, who are 19-2 overall and top the Big 12 standings at 7-1. KU brings a one-game cushion in the league race into the week despite having suffered its first conference loss at home Saturday to Oklahoma State.

TCU will play in front of a home sellout crowd Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 19, 2011 vs. No. 7 BYU. The Jayhawks will be the highest-ranked opponent to visit the DMC since TCU played host to then-top-ranked KU on Dec. 1, 2003 (L, 85-66). The two teams will face each other for the fifth time in the all-time series and the first time since a home-and-home set in December of 2003 and 2004.

ESPNU (DirecTV 208; Dish 141) will televise Wednesday's contest with the broadcast duo of Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Matt Doherty (analyst) calling the action. The telecast also will be offered online at WatchESPN.com to qualified cable subscribers.

Brian Estridge (play-by-play) 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 satellite radio via Sirius channel 92 and XM 192. 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 1-0 vs. Kansas as a head coach. His final Nevada squad defeated then-No. 6 KU by a 75-61 count in Reno on Dec. 21, 2003.

* TCU has played host to a top-5 team at home on five previous occasions, dropping each meeting.

* TCU ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 27 in the NCAA in scoring defense (58.5 ppg). The squad is No. 15 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (4.6 pg).

* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 14 points fewer per game than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).

* TCU is tied for third in the Big 12 in turnovers forced (13.6 tpg) and offensive rebounding (11.6 rpg) during league action.

* TCU is 9-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-11 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.

* Adrick McKinney leads TCU in both scoring (10.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) during Big 12 play.

* Connell Crossland tops the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and is No. 2 in scoring (10.3 rpg) during the past three games while shooting 70.0% from the floor (14-of-20).

* McKinney is ninth in the Big 12 in overall rebounding average (6.9 rpg) and No. 8 since the start of league play. He ranks No. 3 in offensive rebounds in Big 12 games (3.1 rpg).

* McKinney has scored in double figures in eight of the last 13 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 15 games, averaging 8.5 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.

* McKinney has pulled in at least five boards in each of the last 15 contests, the longest streak for a Frog since 2009-10 (Zvonko Buljan, 24 straight).

* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in steals (1.5 spg; No. 5), minutes played (32.8 mpg; No. 6), assists (3.3 apg; No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (1.1; No. 8), 3-pointers (1.3 3pg; No. 15) and scoring (11.2 ppg; No. 19).

* 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 99 straight games for TCU. He has climbed into the No. 9 spot on TCU's career games played list (118) and will tie Bingo Merriex (2000-03) for eighth place with his next appearance. Green also is No. 9 in career minutes at TCU (2,935).

* Green is averaging a team-high 12.1 ppg and shooting 47.1% from 3-point range (16-of-34) over the last 12 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.

* Since the start of Big 12 play, Crossland is tied for sixth in the league in offensive rebounds (2.6 rpg), 13th in total boards (5.9 rpg) and tied for 14th in blocked shots (0.8 bpg).

* Charles Hill Jr. has scored 40 of his 45 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 27.0 minutes in conference games after playing only 29 minutes total in non-conference.

* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine wins.

* TCU has featured nine different starting lineups this season.

* 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 has attempted 150 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 116 for its opponents, an average margin of +4.3 pg.


SCOUTING KANSAS
Kansas enters Wednesday's game sporting a 19-2 overall record and in first place in the Big 12 standings with a 7-1 league mark. The Jayhawks suffered their first conference defeat on Saturday at home to Oklahoma State (85-80).

Tenth-year head coach Bill Self returned eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's team that reached the NCAA Championship game. KU, which won the 2012 Big 12 regular-season title with a 16-2 record, utilizes a veteran lineup this season featuring four senior starters.

KU's lone non-senior starter, freshman guard Ben McLemore, is actually the team's top scorer at 16.4 ppg. He is No. 2 in the Big 12 in scoring and leads the league in both free-throw percentage (87.1%) and 3-point shooting percentage (45.5%). Preseason All-Big 12 honoree Jeff Withey, a senior center, is No. 11 in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg), No. 1 in blocked shots (4.2 bpg) and No. 3 in rebounding (8.3 rpg). Senior guard Elijah Johnson tops KU and is No. 5 in the Big 12 in assists (4.9 apg), while senior forward Travis Releford leads the conference in overall field-goal percentage (61.0%).

As a team, Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring margin (+14.3 ppg), field-goal percentage (47.8%), field-goal defense (35.4%), 3-point percentage (36.9%) and blocked shots (7.4 bpg). The squad averages 74.2 ppg.


INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Kansas have met four times previously on the hardwood with KU winning each contest. The Jayhawks have brought top-10 rankings into each matchup (No. 1 in 2003, No. 2 in 1997 and 2004, No. 8 in 1952), while TCU was No. 24 during the 1997 contest. The first meeting between the two teams came in the opening game of the 1952 NCAA Western Regional held in Kansas City, a 93-74 Kansas victory.

TCU vs. Kansas - All-Time Meetings
Date  *  W/L  * Score  *  Site                          
March 21, 1952  *  L  *  64-68  *  Kansas City
Dec. 20, 1997  *  L  *  78-94  *  Kansas City
Dec. 1, 2003  *  L  *  66-85  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 9, 2004  *  L  *  74-93  *  Lawrence


LAST TIME WE MET: KANSAS 93, TCU 74
Wayne Simien had 20 points and Keith Langford added 17 in No. 2 Kansas' 93-74 victory over TCU on Dec. 9, 2004 in Lawrence, Kan.

Nile Murry had 20 points for TCU, although he was hampered by foul problems much of the second half. Corey Santee had 14 points, while Chudi Chinweze finished with 10 before departing early after suffering a leg injury.

The Frogs had a hot hand early and led by as many as four points. The Jayhawks, boosted by the play of Simien and Langford, finally got untracked for an 11-0 run late in the opening period before coasting into halftime with a 47-37 lead.
TCU climbed back within five points with 12 minutes remaining, but KU put together another long run, this one 12-2, to push back out to a comfortable lead late in the contest.


LAST TIME OUT: TEXAS 60, TCU 43
TCU suffered a 60-43 road setback to Texas in the teams' first meeting as Big 12 members Saturday in Austin. Adrick McKinney led the Horned Frogs in scoring with 13 points.

TCU's trend of shooting struggles continued against the Longhorns, as the squad made only 17-of-52 attempts from the floor (32.7%). The Frogs also hit only two of its 13 3-point tries while going just 7-of-15 at the charity stripe. UT had no such issues from the floor, making more than 52% of its total shots.

The two teams were in a tight battle in the game's opening 10 minutes until the Longhorns took control. UT outscored the Frogs by a 17-7 margin to end the half, as TCU made only 3-of-10 shots and totaled six of its 13 turnovers in the stretch. Texas exited the locker room at intermission with a 32-20 lead that quickly grew to a 19-point edge just minutes into the second half after the squad scored the first seven points of the period.

McKinney continued his breakthrough senior campaign by hitting 5-of-9 shots from the floor and pulling down eight rebounds. He led the squad in the scorebook for the second straight game. Also continuing his solid recent play was Connell Crossland, who totaled eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Saturday's effort marked Crossland's third double-figure rebound performance of the season and his sixth game leading the squad on the glass.


TCU-TEXAS POSTGAME NOTES
* McKinney led TCU in scoring for the fourth time this season. He has scored in double figures the past three games, matching a career-long streak.

* Crossland reached double figures in boards for the fourth time in his career and third time this season.

* Garlon Green made his 99th straight appearance for TCU while moving into a tie for ninth place on TCU's career games played list (118) with former Frog Ryan Carroll (1998-01).

* TCU won the rebounding battle (33-30) for the first time in Big 12 play since the squad's league opener vs. Texas Tech.

* TCU shot only 32.7% from the floor, its lowest figure in Big 12 play, while Texas' rate of 52.3% marked the best effort against the Frogs this season.


RANKED TEAMS BEWARE
TCU has experienced recent success against ranked opponents, especially in games played at the DMC.

* TCU has won two of its last four meetings with ranked teams stretching back to last season. One of the two losses came in overtime.

* TCU won two-straight matchups against top-20 foes last season in February home dates with No. 11/14 UNLV (102-97) and No. 18/21 New Mexico (83-64). It marked the first time in program history the Frogs had defeated top-20 teams in succession.

* The Frogs nearly made it three wins in a row over ranked opponents, dropping a 98-92 decision to No. 21/23 San Diego State in their regular-season finale at home. The matchup marked TCU's last meeting with a ranked team.

* TCU dropped its only meeting so far this season with a ranked foe at home against No. 16/18 Kansas State on Jan. 16 (67-54).


SELLING OUT THE DMC
Wednesday's game has already been declared a sellout, the 37th at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since the facility's debut in 1961.

* TCU set the DMC single-game attendance mark for a men's basketball game against No. 1 Kansas on Dec. 1, 2003, as 7,267 fans showed up to see KU post an 85-66 victory over the Frogs. It marked the Jayhawks' only prior visit to Fort Worth.

* The last DMC sellout occurred two seasons ago when No. 7 BYU visited TCU on Feb. 19, 2011. The attendance figure of 7,258 ranked as the third-largest in the building's history.

* The Frogs are 19-17 all-time in games at the DMC that are sold out.


 

 


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