TCU Travels to No. 7 Kansas Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 13, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will hit the road Saturday to face No. 7 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Jayhawks will tip at 3:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on the Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Chris Piper (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Kansas 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. 7 Kansas comes into this weekend fresh off an 85-82 overtime loss to Kansas State Monday. Against the Wildcats, the Jayhawks, who are 18-6 overall and 9-2 in the Big 12, used a 10-1 run in the final 1:53 to force overtime, but couldn't complete the comeback. Individually, guard Andrew Wiggins and center Joel Embiid have been named to the list of top 30 candidates for the 2014 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year award. Wiggins is averaging 16.0 points per game, while Embiid is also in double-figures with 10.7 points a contest and 7.8 boards a game. 

The Series
The two conference foes will battle for the eighth time in program history Saturday. Kansas currently leads the all-time series, 6-1, but the Horned Frogs claimed a 62-55 victory over KU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in 2013.

Johnson's Number
Going into Saturday, TCU head coach Trent Johnson is 2-2 in his head-coaching career against Kansas. Prior to last season's home victory, his only other win over the Jayhawks came with Nevada on Dec. 21, 2003, which ended in a 75-61 home Wolf Pack decision.

The Dynamic Duo
Heading into Saturday, junior's Kyan Anderson and Amric Fields have formed quite the tandem during conference play on the offensive end. The duo have scored 326 of TCU's 650 points, which is 50 percent of the Purple and White's scoring in league play. Anderson and Fields have also dished out 55 percent (68-of-124) of TCU's assists in conference action. 

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 had 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 four conference games.
• TCU has now held 11 opponents to 65 points or less this season.
• TCU has now held 14 of its 23 opponents to under 70 points.
• TCU has now held six out of the last 15 opponents to 39 percent or below.
• TCU will face its eighth ranked opponent in 11 games Saturday.
Kyan Anderson posted a season-high with 29 points Wednesday versus Baylor.
• By scoring 27 points at Iowa State, Anderson became only the 32nd TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points for his career.
• Anderson now has eight 20-point games this season. He now has 14 20-point games in his three-year career.
Amric Fields led TCU in rebounding for a fifth-straight contest Wednesday.
• Fields scored in double-figures for a 13th time in 16 games this season against Baylor.

Making It Count
In the four games this month, junior Kyan Anderson is averaging 22.5 points per game, which is over six more points a contest than what he has done for the season. The junior, who has also dished out 5.5 assists per game during the month, has only missed one free throw the entire month, going 24-of-25 (.960). He has posted back-to-back games of 27 and 29 points against Iowa State and Baylor, respectively, while scoring 20 or more points in three out of the four contests.

Anderson's Production Broken Down
Kyan Anderson leads TCU this season, averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game. When breaking it down even further though, Anderson is averaging over 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 44 assists in the last nine games.

Playing The Best
TCU has faced eight ranked opponents in the last 11 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.

Common Trends
During the last 21 games, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 15 of the 21 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 nine 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, Iowa State and Baylor to shoot over 50 percent, holding six out of the last 15 opponents to below or at 39 percent. 

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play on the road at Kansas State on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT. 

 


 

 


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