Feb. 21, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns home to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Saturday to face No. 17 Iowa State. The Horned Frogs' contest, which is part of the TCU Lettermen's Association Basketball Alumni Reunion Doubleheader, against the Cyclones will tip at 3:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (Play-By-Play) and LaPhonso Ellis (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the game versus 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.
Iowa State comes into Saturday boasting a 20-5 overall record and 8-5 league mark after downing nationally ranked Texas in its last outing, 85-76. The Cyclones, who are the only school in the nation to score 70-plus points in every game this season, are led by Melvin Ejim. The senior, who is the Big 12's top scorer at 19.1 points per game, scored a Big 12 record 48 points, while grabbing a career-high 18 boards versus the Horned Frogs earlier this month. Fellow senior DeAndre Kane has also been solid, scoring 16.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds a contest, while junior Dustin Hogue averages 10.8 points per game.
The Horned Frogs and Cyclones will meet for only the 10th time in program history today. The Frogs lead the all-time series, 5-4, having won five-straight in the series before dropping the last three to ISU. In Fort Worth, TCU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series, but the Frogs haven't won in Fort Worth since a 72-63 upending in 1981.
First Half Domination
In the last three outings, junior Kyan Anderson has caught fire during the opening frame of play. In the three games, the Fort Worth native totaled a combined 56 points in the first half against Baylor (18), Kansas (21) and Kansas State (17), respectively. In all, he has now dropped 20 or more points in four-straight contests and six times in the last eight games. Against K-State, Anderson scored 17 of the Frogs' final 20 points of the opening half.
A February To Remember
In the six games this month, junior Kyan Anderson is averaging 23.0 points per game and is shooting a blistering 53.3 percent from deep in February. The junior, who has also dished out 4.7 assists per game during the month and is shooting 55.3 percent from the floor, has only missed four free throw's the entire month, going 38-of-42 (.905). He has posted four-straight games of 27, 29, 25 and 23 points against Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas and K-State respectively, while scoring 20 or more points in five out of the six contests.
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 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 six conference games.
TCU has now held 12 opponents to 65 points or less this season.
TCU has now held 15 of its 25 opponents to under 70 points.
TCU will face its ninth ranked opponents in its last 13 games Saturday.
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 10 20-point games this season. He now has 16 20-point games in his three-year career.
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 392 of TCU's 768 points, which is 51 percent of the Purple and White's scoring in league play. Anderson and Fields have also dished out 54 percent (75-of-139) of TCU's assists in conference action.
Inside The Last Five Minutes
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 25 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 16 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.
Heading into Saturday, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game. TCU has scored 12 more points in the second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 17 less shot attempts.
Playing The Best
TCU will face its ninth ranked opponents in its last 13 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 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.
During the last 23 games, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 15 of the 23 games. The only eight 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), K-State (6) and in a victory at Mississippi State (7).
TCU has held all but 10 opponents to 71 points or less, including 12 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 17 opponents to below or at 39 percent.
Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently ranks third in the Big 12 and 58th nationally in free throw shooting percentage at 72.8 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After 25 games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 490 times, while shooting 58.3 percent (286-of-490) from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 425-of-584 from the charity stripe.
TCU will continue conference play at home vs. Oklahoma State on Monday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.