TCU Returns to Hardwood Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 6, 2014

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. CT | Ames, Iowa | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU travels to Hilton Coliseum Saturday to face No. 16 Iowa State. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Cyclones will tip at 3:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Stephen Howard (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Iowa State 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.

The Opponent
No. 16 Iowa State comes into Saturday fresh off a thrilling three overtime 98-97 victory over nationally ranked Oklahoma State Monday night. The Cyclones, who are 17-4 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play, have won three out of their last four. Against OSU, senior DeAndre Kane scored a game-high 26 points, while also dishing out nine assists in leading Iowa State to its second-straight conference victory.

On the season, Melvin Ejim has carried the load, scoring 18.3 points per game, while Kane is averaging 16.5 points per contest and 6.0 assists. 

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Cyclones will meet for only the ninth time in program history Saturday. The Frogs lead the all-time series, 5-3, having won five-straight in the series before dropping both contests a year ago. In Ames, TCU is 1-2 overall. The Purple and White's last victory at historic Hilton Coliseum came in a 74-66 decision during the 1982 season.

Shutting Down The Opposition From Deep
During TCU's last two contests against the likes of Texas and Texas Tech, the Frogs have limited the opposition to only six made three's. The Red Raiders and Longhorns combined to go 6-for-34 from long distance, which equals a dismal 17.6 percent. In the last three games combined, the Purple and White have limited the opposition to only a 10-for-44 (.227) showing from beyond the arc. Against Texas, TCU held UT to a season-low 31 percent from the field and only 18 made field goals on 58 attempts.

Staggering Numbers
Of the 16 players listed on the 2013-14 roster, only four in Kyan AndersonJarvis RayBrandon Parrish and Christian Gore have played in every game this season. Nationally, TCU's depletion is like any seen as only Georgia Tech, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara have four or more student-athletes questionable for games this week. Below is a comprehensive look at how TCU's roster situation stacks up nation-wide based off of the most recent NCAA injury report entering February.


TCU Headlines
• TCU is 15-4 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU is 7-3 this season when leading at the half.
• TCU is 4-1 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• TCU has led at the half in two-straight conference games.
• TCU has now held 11 opponents to 65 points or less this season.
• TCU has now held 14 of its 21 opponents to under 70 points.
• TCU has now held six out of the last 13 opponents to 39 percent or below.
• Texas' 31 percent from the field was a season-low for an opponent against TCU.
• Amric Fields has led TCU in rebounding in three-straight conference games.
• Fields scored in double-figures for the fifth time in six games against Texas
• Fields tied a career-high in assists and blocks Tuesday night with three.
• Kyan Anderson tied a career-high in minutes played with 40 vs. Texas.
• The last time Anderson played a full 40 minutes in a single-game came last season at Texas Tech.
• Anderson now has six 20-point games this season after posting a game-high 22 points vs. Texas Tech.

Anderson's Production Broken Down
Kyan Anderson leads TCU this season, averaging a team-best 15.1 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 32 assists in the last seven games.

Playing The Best
TCU will be facing its seventh ranked opponents in nine games Saturday, 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 974 points during his three-year career, needs only 26 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.

Shepherd Showing Skills
Freshman Karviar Shepherd has started to control the middle of the court for the Frogs recently. The Dallas native, who is coming off his second career double-double at Oklahoma with 12 points and 11 boards, had posted three-straight conference games of double-digits in points prior to the Kansas contest.

In the last five outings, the freshman is averaging 10.8 points per game and 5.8 boards. He is also shooting 42 percent from the field and has gone 85.7 percent (24-28) from the charity stripe. Shepherd had cashed in on 12-straight from the charity stripe prior to missing with 15:47 showing on the clock at OU in the second half. 

Hit The Glass 
TCU has proven this season that if it can win the rebounding battle that it will ultimately claim victory, going 6-2 overall when it out-rebounds the opposition. The only losses during that stretch came when the Purple and White out-rebounded Longwood earlier this season, 31-30, but were upset, and at Texas Tech (26-24). 

When breaking it down, the magic number is 34 as the Purple and White are 8-1 this season when grabbing 34 or more rebounds. The only loss came to SMU in the season-opener. During the Trent Johnson era, the Frogs have claimed 12 victories when out-rebounding their opponent. 

Following Halftime 
Heading into Saturday, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game.  TCU has scored 19 more points in second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 14 less shot attempts.

Inside The Last Five Minutes 
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 21 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 12 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark. 

Parrish Coming On 
Freshman Brandon Parrish has started to heat up as of late, scoring a career-high 18 points against West Virginia. In conference games, Parrish, who is averaging almost 40 percent from the field during the nine outings, has scored 90 of TCU's 523 points, which includes 13 of the Frogs' 44 three-point field goals. 

In all, the Arlington product has scored in double-digits in eight out of the last 13 contests. For the season, he has scored in double-figures in 13 of the 21 games. When Parrish scores 15 or more in a single-game, TCU is 3-3 and had won three-straight prior to the WVU contest.

He's Heating Up
Prior to WVU, junior Kyan Anderson had started to catch fire, scoring three-straight games of 27, 25 and 21 points, respectively. With his three-straight outings, the Fort Worth native has now scored 20 or more points 12 times in his career. He has never posted four-straight games of 20 or more points in his career. 

In the last 12 games, Anderson, who torched Oklahoma and Texas Tech for 23 and 22 points, respectively, is averaging almost 16.1 points a game, while shooting a blistering 43.5 percent from the floor, including almost 40 percent from three-point land. He has had 20 points or more six times in the last 15 outings.

Shoot The Rock
TCU is now 20-3 under Trent Johnson and 9-2 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 21 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 152-115 in the first four minutes of action.

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play at home vs. Baylor on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT from the DMC. 




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