Preview: at Iowa State


Feb. 19, 2018

TCU Horned Frogs
(18-9, 6-8)
versuscoding
Iowa State Cyclones
(13-13, 4-10)
Feb. 21, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Ames, Iowa | Hilton Coliseum (14,356)

FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU will try for its first season sweep of Iowa State and its first win in Ames in 35 years when the Frogs (18-9, 6-8) take on the Cyclones (13-13, 4-10) Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The game at Hilton Coliseum was not selected for telecast by ESPN before the season. The contest will be on Iowa State’s third-tier network, Cyclones.TV, on Iowa State’s athletics website. The cost to watch the game is $6.95.

The game can be heard on 570 KLIF AM as well as FrogVision and the TuneIn app. Follow @TCUBasketball on Twitter for updates throughout the game.

Storylines
- A win over the Cyclones would be TCU’s fourth-ever sweep of a Big 12 team and the second this season (Oklahoma State).
- TCU is one win away from surpassing last season’s TCU record Big 12 win total of six.
- TCU last had seven conference wins during the 2011-12 season when it went 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference.
- The Frogs are coming off a 90-70 win over Oklahoma State Saturday, their largest win over OSU since 1986.
- Kouat Noi scored a career-high 19 points against the Cowboys. He ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-point percentage at 46.7.
- TCU has played in seven of the 31 Big 12 games that have been decided by six or fewer points.
- TCU leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks among the national leaders in assists per game (2nd, 19.6), assist turnover ratio (10th, 1.6), field goal percentage (12th, 50.1) and 3-point percentage (9th, 41.5).
- TCU also ranks among the national leaders in rebounding margin (23rd, +6.4) and scoring (14th, 84.4).
- TCU ranks third in offensive efficiency, the best in the Big 12, according to KenPom.com.
- Kenrich Williams has recorded 10 double-doubles and is averaging 13.6 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds this season.
- Williams is the only player in the Big 12 in the top 16 in rebounding (2nd, 9.3), assists (7th, 4.2) and scoring (16th, 13.6).
- Williams ranks No. 5 in career rebounding at TCU with 822 boards.
- With a balanced scoring attack, TCU has five players averaging double-figures, seven averaging 8.7 points or more.
- Vladimir Brodziansky ranks No. 9 in the Big 12 in scoring (15.5) and has scored in double figures in the last 18 games.
- Brodziansky is a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award and the Senior CLASS Award.
- Desmond Bane leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth in the NCAA in 3-point percentage at 50.5.
- Bane ranks in the top 15 in field goal efficiency (6th, 67.6) and true field goal percentage (12th, 68.6).
- Bane has made 12 of his last 16 3-point attempts over the last six games.
- The Frogs were ranked for eight consecutive weeks. They are receiving votes in this week’s AP and USA Today poll.
- TCU was ranked as high as No. 10 in the AP Top 25 on Dec. 25, which was its highest ranking in school history.

About the Opponent
- Iowa State has dropped two-straight games, including Saturday’s 78-66 loss at Kansas State.
- The Cyclones are 9-5 at home, with wins over Baylor, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
- Iowa State is led in scoring by freshman Lindell Wigginton. His 16.0 points per game rank eighth in the Big 12.

About the Series
- Iowa State leads the all-time series 11-7, including a 6-1 advantage in Ames.
- Behind 26 points from Vladimir Brodziansky and 21 points from JD Miller, TCU won 96-73 on Jan. 17 in Fort Worth. It was a game the Frogs had a season-high 29 assists and a season-low four turnovers.
- Iowa State won last season’s meeting in Ames, 84-71, on Feb. 18, 2017. TCU’s only win in Ames was a 74-66 victory on Dec. 18, 1982.

Chasing 20
TCU is two wins away from 20. The Frogs can reach 20 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign when they won 20 for the third-straight season. If the Frogs reach 20 wins during the regular season, it will be the earliest they reach 20 since the 1997-98 season when they won No. 20 on Feb. 7. Last season, TCU’s 20th win came on March 15 against Fresno State, the first game of the NIT.

Conference Wins
The Frogs have matched last season’s conference win total with six. In TCU’s previous four seasons in the Big 12, it had only eight wins. The Frogs last had seven conference during the 2011-12 season when they went 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference.
- With one more road win, TCU will have three road wins in conference play for the first time since the 2003-04 season when three of its seven Conference USA wins came away from home. Four road wins would be the most since eight during the 1997-98 season.
- TCU has three season sweeps of Big 12 teams in its history. The Frogs swept Texas Tech in 2015, Texas in 2017 and Oklahoma State this season.

TCU’s All-Around Player
One season after becoming the first player in TCU history and one of six in the NCAA in 2016-17 to record over 400 points (421), 300 rebounds (359) and 100 assists (101) in a season, Kenrich Williams is at it again. The senior guard is one of six players currently over 300 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists for the season.

Shooting and Scoring
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 14th in the NCAA in scoring offense (84.4). TCU has not averaged 80 or more points per game in a season since the 2002-03 campaign where it averaged 80.4. Last year’s NIT championship team averaged 69.7 points.
- The Frogs rank first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in assists per game (19.6).
- TCU ranks first in the Big 12 and 12th in the NCAA in field goal shooting (50.1%). TCU has never averaged 50 percent or better in a season.
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and ninth in the NCAA in 3-point shooting (41.5%).
- TCU’s offensive efficiency ranks third at 122.3 according to KenPom.com. It is up from last season’s 114.5 (37th), which was the best offensive efficiency TCU has ever had, since KenPom started in 2002. Dixon’s top offensive efficiency was 121.2 at Pitt during the 2008-09 season.
- TCU has three among the top 11 in shooting percentage in the Big 12... 5. Vladimir Brodziansky - 57.4, 8. Desmond Bane - 55.4, 11. Kouat Noi - 52.6. TCU and Baylor are the only teams with three players ranked in the top 15 in shooting percentage in the Big 12.
- Sophomore Desmond Bane (50.5) leads the Big 12 in 3-point shooting. Freshman Kouat Noi (46.7) is second. The school record for 3-point shooting percentage in a season is 47.7 percent by Henry Salter in 2007-08. Only three players in Big 12 history have shot 50 percent or better in a season, the last being Alan Voskuil of Texas Tech at 50.0 during the 2007-08 season.
- Vladimir Brodziansky ranks ninth in the Big 12 in free throw shooting (81.2).
- TCU has scored 90 points or better nine times this season. It’s the most times the Frogs have scored 90 or more in a season since the 2001-02 season when they did it 13 times.

Brodziansky and Williams Get Historic
Seniors Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams both went over 1,000 points for their careers this season. Brodziansky went over 1,000 during the game with Nevada (Dec.8) and Williams entered the club at Oklahoma State (Jan. 30).
- Brodziansky ranks No. 13 on TCU’s all-time scoring list with 1,287 points. Williams ranks No. 29 with 1,058 points.
- Williams is one of five players in TCU history with 800 career rebounds. The senior ranks 5th on the all-time list with 822 boards. The last person to record over 800 rebounds was the TCU’s all-time rebounding leader, Reggie Smith (1988-1992).

 

 

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