TCU Set For Showdown At Kansas State

Feb. 18, 2014

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT | Manhattan, Kan. | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU continues life on the road Wednesday at Kansas State inside Bramlage Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Wildcats will tip at 8:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on the ESPNU with Clay Matvick (Play-By-Play) and Darrin Horn (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Kansas 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
Kansas State, who comes into Wednesday receiving votes in both national polls, moved to 17-8 overall and 7-5 in conference play after dropping a double overtime 87-73 setback at Baylor this past Saturday. Against the Bears, junior Nino Williams led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Marcus Foster chipped in with 18 points and a team-high 10 assists. On the season, K-State, who is undefeated at home during Big 12 action, has been carried by Foster who is averaging 15.1 points a contest. Junior Thomas Gipson has also been solid, averaging 11.6 points per game and 6.3 boards.

The Series
The two conference foes will battle for only the ninth time in program history Wednesday. K-State leads the all-time series, 6-2, after dropping the Frogs earlier this season. In their last meeting in Manhattan, Kyan Anderson dropped 29 points against the Wildcats, but it wasn't enough as then No. 9 K-State defeated the Horned Frogs last March, 79-68.  

First Half Domination
In the last two outings, junior Kyan Anderson has caught fire during the opening frame of play. In the two games last week, the Fort Worth native totaled a combined 39 points in the first half against Baylor (18) and Kansas (21), respectively. In all, he has now dropped 20 or more points in three-straight contests and five times in the last seven games.

The Dynamic Duo
Heading into Wednesday, junior's Kyan Anderson and Amric Fields have formed quite the tandem during conference play on the offensive end. The duo have scored 363 of TCU's 715 points, which is 51 percent of the Purple and White's scoring in league play. Anderson and Fields have also dished out 56 percent (74-of-133) 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 five conference games.
• TCU has now held 11 opponents to 65 points or less this season.
• TCU has now held 14 of its 24 opponents to under 70 points.
• TCU has now held six out of the last 16 opponents to 39 percent or below.
• TCU has faced eight ranked opponents in its last 11 games.
Kyan Anderson posted a season-high with 29 points last week 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 nine 20-point games this season. He now has 15 20-point games in his three-year career.
Amric Fields led TCU in rebounding for a sixth-straight contest at Kansas.
• Fields scored in double-figures for a 14th time in 17 games this season at KU.

A February To Remember
In the five games this month, junior Kyan Anderson is averaging 23.0 points per game and is shooting a blistering 54 percent from deep in February. The junior, who has also dished out 5.4 assists per game during the month and is shooting 54.7 percent from the floor, has only missed three free throw's the entire month, going 31-of-34 (.912). He has posted three-straight games of 27, 29 and 25 points against Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas respectively, while scoring 20 or more points in four out of the five contests.

Following Halftime 
Heading into Saturday, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game.  TCU has scored 11 more points in second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 21 less shot attempts.

Inside The Last Five Minutes 
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 24 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 15 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark. 

Anderson's Production Broken Down
Kyan Anderson leads TCU this season, averaging a team-best 16.6 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 49 assists in the last 10 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.

Common Trends
During the last 22 games, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 15 of the 22 games. The only seven 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), Kansas (9) and in a victory at Mississippi State (7). 

TCU has held all but 10 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 (Twice), Iowa State and Baylor to shoot over 50 percent, holding six out of the last 16 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 18 different outings, which has now happened 10 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.

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play at home vs. Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT.



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