TCU Set For Battle Against Baylor Wednesday

Feb. 11, 2014

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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns home to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Wednesday to face Baylor. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Bears will tip at 6:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on ESPNU with Clay Matvick (Play-By-Play) and Darrin Horn (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Baylor 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
Baylor comes into Wednesday looking to rebound following an 88-72 setback to nationally ranked Oklahoma. Against the Sooners, Isaiah Austin led the way, scoring 21 points, while grabbing a team-high six boards. The Bears, who are 14-9 overall and 2-8 in conference play, will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and have lost seven out of their last eight contests. On the season, Cory Jefferson has carried the load, tallying 12.4 points per game, while grabbing 7.9 rebounds a game. 

The Series
TCU and Baylor will be playing for the 172nd time in the all-time series Wednesday. The Bears own an 90-81 all-time advantage. The last time the Frogs defeated Baylor at home came in a 92-81 victory in 2001. In all, the Frogs have won four out of the last seven in the series, including three out of the last four in Fort Worth. 

During The Month
Heading into Wednesday night, several Frogs have had solid starts to the month of February. In the three games, Kyan Anderson is averaging 20.3 points per game, which is nearly five more points a contest than what he has done for the season. The junior, who has also dished out 6.0 assists per game during the month, has only missed one free throw the entire month, going 18-of-19 (.947). Not to be outdone, Amric Fields is shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc, while grabbing almost eight boards a contest.

Staggering Numbers
Of the 16 players listed on the 2013-14 roster, only four in Kyan Anderson, Jarvis Ray, Brandon Parrish and Christian Gore have played in every game this season. Nationally, TCU's depletion is not like any seen as only Georgia Tech, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara have four or more student-athletes questionable for games the last couple of weeks.

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 out of its last three 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 14 opponents to 39 percent or below.
• TCU faced its seventh ranked opponent in nine games Saturday.
Kyan Anderson tied a season-high with 27 points Saturday at Iowa State.
• Anderson became only the 32nd TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points for his career.
• Anderson now has seven 20-point games this season.
• Anderson now has 13 20-point games in his three-year career.
• Anderson has now scored 20 or more points in three out of the last five games.
• Anderson posted season-highs in three-point fields goals made (4) and attempted (8) at Iowa State.
Karviar Shepherd scored 11 points, marking the fourth time in league play he has scored in double-digits.
Amric Fields has led TCU in rebounding in four-straight conference games.

Shutting Down The Opposition From Deep
During TCU's last three contests against the likes of Texas, Texas Tech and Iowa State, the Frogs have limited the opposition to only 13 made three's. The Red Raiders, Longhorns and Cyclones combined to go 13-for-55 from long distance, which equals a dismal 23.6 percent. In the last four games combined, the Purple and White have limited the opposition to only a 17-for-65 (.262) showing from beyond the arc. In its last home game against Texas, TCU held UT to a season-low 31 percent from the field and only 18 made field goals on 58 attempts.

Playing The Best
TCU has faced seven ranked opponents in the last 10 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 became only the 32nd TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points in his career this season. The Fort Worth native, who has tallied 1,001 points during his three-year career, scored 27 points at Iowa State 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.

Following Halftime 
Heading into Wednesday, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game.  TCU has scored 44 more points in second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 12 less shot attempts.

Inside the Last Five Minutes 
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 22 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 13 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark. 

He's Heating Up
In the last 13 games, Anderson, who torched Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Iowa State for 23, 22 and 27 points, respectively, is averaging almost 16.9 points a game, while shooting a blistering 43.8 percent from the floor, including over 40 percent from three-point land. He has had 20 points or more seven times in the last 16 outings.

Common Trends
During the last 20 games, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 14 of the 20 games. The only six games in which the Purple and White haven't shared the rock over 10 times came in their losses to Harvard (8), Oklahoma State (5), Texas Tech (4), Oklahoma (8), Texas Tech (9) and in a victory at Mississippi State (7). 

TCU has held all but eight opponents to 71 points or less, including 11 foes to 65 points or fewer. The Horned Frogs have also allowed only Longwood, K-State, Kansas and Iowa State to shoot over 50 percent, holding six out of the last 14 opponents to below or at 39 percent.

20 Point Games
Under head coach Trent Johnson, the Frogs have had a player go for 20 or more points in 17 different outings, which has now happened nine times this season. Kyan Anderson is joined by Amric Fields, Charles Hill Jr. and former Frog Garlon Green as the only TCU student-athletes to score 20 or more points under Johnson's watch. 

Second Half Success
In 22 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 160-124 in the first four minutes of action.

Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently ranks third in the Big 12 and 60th nationally in free throw shooting percentage at 72.9 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After 22 games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 437 times, while shooting 59 percent (258-of-437) from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 372-of-510 from the charity stripe. Individually, Kyan Anderson had hit 16 in-a-row prior to a second half miss at Tech. 

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play on the road at Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT. 


 

 


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