Feb. 23, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to the hardwood Monday night to face Oklahoma State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Cowboys will tip at 6:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on ESPNU with Matt Schick (Play-By-Play) and Bob Valvano (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the game versus Oklahoma 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.
Oklahoma State comes into Monday night with a 17-10 overall record and 5-9 mark in league play after defeating Texas Tech in its last outing, 84-62. The Cowboys, who had lost seven-straight prior to their win versus Tech and are 1-6 in conference action on the road, were sparked by the return of sophomore Marcus Smart. Smart finished the game with 16 points and 10 assists, while Le'Bryan Nash tallied 21 points on 7-of-8 from the floor. On the season, Markel Brown has carried the load, averaging 17.1 points per game and 5.5 rebounds a contest.
TCU and Oklahoma State will battle for the 23rd time in program history Monday night. The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 20-2. In all, TCU will be looking for its first win over Oklahoma State in Fort Worth. The Frogs' last win against OSU came during the 1986-87 season when the Purple and White dismantled the Cowboys, 92-61, in Oklahoma City.
On Saturday, freshman Karviar Shepherd posted his third career double-double, scoring 14 points, while grabbing 15 boards. The freshman, who has now scored in double-figures in two-straight conference games, tallied his second double-double during conference play this season, having done so at Oklahoma when he had a 12 point, 11 rebound outing.
A February To Remember
In the seven games this month, junior Kyan Anderson is averaging 22.3 points per game and is shooting a blistering 51.5 percent from deep in February. The junior, who has also dished out 4.6 assists per game during the month and is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor, has only missed four free throw's the entire month, going 41-of-45 (.911). He had 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 seven 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. On Saturday, the Frogs played without the services of second-leading scorer and junior Amric Fields. 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 4-2 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
TCU has led at the half in two out of its last seven conference games.
TCU has now held 12 opponents to 65 points or less this season.
TCU has now held 15 of its 26 opponents to under 70 points.
TCU faced its ninth ranked opponent in its last 13 games this past Saturday.
Kyan Anderson has scored in double-figures in nine-straight games.
By scoring 27 points at ISU, 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.
If Amric Fields isn't able to go Monday, the Frogs will be left with one student-athlete who checks in at taller than 6-foot-7.
First Half Domination
In the last four outings, junior Kyan Anderson has caught fire during the opening frame of play. In the four games, the Fort Worth native totaled a combined 65 points in the first half against Baylor (18), Kansas (21), Kansas State (17) and Iowa State (9), respectively. In all, he has now dropped 20 or more points in four out of the last five contests and six times in the last nine games. In the last outing, the junior scored 18 points to end his streak of four-straight games of 20 or more points. At K-State, Anderson scored 17 of the Frogs' final 20 points of the opening half.
The Dynamic Duo
Heading into Monday, junior's Kyan Anderson and Amric Fields have formed quite the tandem during conference play on the offensive end. The duo have scored 410 of TCU's 828 points, which is 50 percent of the Purple and White's scoring in league play. Anderson and Fields have also dished out 54 percent (79-of-147) of TCU's assists in conference action.
Inside the Last Five Minutes
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 26 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 17 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.
Heading into Monday, 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 15 less shot attempts.
Second Half Success
In 26 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 182-163 in the first four minutes of action.
Did You Know
Kyan Anderson has scored in double-figures in nine-straight games. He has now done that feat three times in his career, having done so last season and earlier this year. With currently nine-straight games in double-figures, he will look to post the best mark since former Frog Zvonko Buljan went 11-straight games in double-figures in 2009-10.
Hit The Glass
TCU has proven this season that if it can win the rebounding battle that it will ultimately claim victory, going 6-2 overall when it out-rebounds the opposition. The only losses during that stretch came when the Purple and White out-rebounded Longwood earlier this season, 31-30, but were upset, and at Texas Tech (26-24).
When breaking it down, the magic number is 34 as the Purple and White are 8-2 this season when grabbing 34 or more rebounds. The only losses came to SMU in the season-opener and against Iowa State. During the Trent Johnson era, the Frogs have claimed 12 victories when out-rebounding their opponent.
During the last 24 games, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in 15 of the 24 games. The only nine 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), Iowa State (8) 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 18 opponents to below or at 39 percent.
Freshman Karviar Shepherd has already totaled more points and rebounds in his first season than former Frog and NBA great Kurt Thomas did in 12 games during his first year in Fort Worth. Shepherd who has 172 rebounds on the season after only 25 games, has already grabbed more rebounds than Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus (127).
TCU will continue conference play on the road at West Virginia on Saturday, March 1. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. CT.