TCU Returns to DMC Wednesday for No. 15 OSU

An appearance by Garlon Green will move him into a tie for first place on TCU's career games played list.

Feb. 26, 2013

Gm 27: TCU (10-17; 1-13) vs. #15/18 Oklahoma St. (20-6; 10-4)

Date & Time:Feb. 27, 2013 • 6:02 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television:(DirecTV ch. 208, Dish ch. 141)
TV Talent:Mitch Holthus (play-by-play)
Matt Doherty (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM, Sirius 134, XM 193)
Radio Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst) (GameTracker, Audio )
Series:OSU leads, 18-2
Last Meeting:Jan. 9, 2013 in Stillwater (L, 45-63)
Game Notes: TCU | Oklahoma St.

FORT WORTH -- TCU faces a ranked opponent at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for the third time this season Wednesday when it plays host to No. 15/18 Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

TCU (10-17 overall; 1-13 Big 12) looks to avenge a 63-45 loss at the hands of the Cowboys in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 9 in Stillwater. The Frogs have posted three wins over ranked teams at the DMC over the last two seasons and are 1-1 in such home matchups in 2012-13.

Oklahoma State (20-6; 10-3 Big 12) hopes to keep pace in the race for the Big 12 regular-season title, currently sitting one game back of co-leaders Kansas and Kansas State. The Cowboys have won eight of their last nine games, including four straight on the road.

ESPNU (DirecTV 208; Dish 141) will televise Wednesday's contest with the broadcast duo of Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Matt Doherty (analyst) calling the action. The telecast also will be offered online at to qualified cable subscribers.

Brian Estridge (pxp) and John Denton (analyst) will handle the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in the DFW Metroplex on both 570 KLIF AM and 88.7 FM KTCU. The broadcast also will be made available nationally on satellite radio via Sirius channel 134 and XM 193.

Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.

* TCU is 3-3 in its last six games against ranked opponents overall dating back to last season with one of the losses in overtime. The squad is 3-2 in games played at the DMC.

* An appearance vs. OSU by Garlon Green would tie him with former Frog Femi Ibikunle (2004-07) for the TCU career record for games played at 125.

* Green has played in 105 straight games for TCU. He also ranks No. 6 on the Frogs' career minutes chart (3,120).

* TCU ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 48 in the NCAA in scoring defense (61.1 ppg). The squad is No. 39 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (135).

* TCU's scoring defense average is 11 points fewer per game than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg) and would be the Frogs' lowest since 1985-86 (58.7 ppg).

* TCU is 10-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-16 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 7-2 when posting a mark of at least 45.0% overall and 7-1 when leading at the half.

* Kyan Anderson has scored in double figures five straight games, the longest streak of his career.

* Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 5), steals (T-No. 6), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (No. 12) and scoring (No. 18).

* Devonta Abron has led TCU in rebounding three of the last four games and in points twice in the last four contests.

* Abron's overall field-goal percentage of 55.7% would rank No. 9 in TCU single-season history.

* TCU joins Baylor as the only Big 12 teams with three players among the league's top-15 rebounders in conference play: Connell Crossland (No. 10), Adrick McKinney (No. 11) and Abron (No. 15).

* Crossland has scored in double figures five times in the last nine games. He had done so previously only twice in 50 career contests.

* Crossland tops TCU in rebounding during Big 12 play (6.6 rpg). He ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 in offensive boards in league action (2.8 rpg).

* McKinney is 12th in the Big 12 in overall rebounding average (6.4 rpg). He is tied for seventh in offensive boards in Big 12 games (2.5 rpg) and ninth overall (2.3 rpg).

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 12 of the last 21 games. He had paced the squad previously only five times in 37 career contests.

* Green has scored 20 points or more five times this season and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with eight career performances.

* Anderson's 35-point game Dec. 22 at Rice ranks as the top individual scoring performance by a Big 12 player this season.

* McKinney's 20-rebound effort Dec. 4 vs. Houston is tied for the top Big 12 effort on the glass (Isaiah Austin, Baylor).

* Charles Hill Jr. has scored 63 of his 68 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 22.4 minutes in conference games after totaling just 29 minutes in non-conference.

* TCU has featured 10 different starting lineups this season.

* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.

* TCU has attempted 50 more free throws in Big 12 play than its opponents, an average margin of +3.6 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in eight of 14 conference games.

Oklahoma State enters Wednesday's game 20-6 overall and third place in the Big 12 standings at 10-4, only one game back of co-leaders Kansas and Kansas State. The squad has won eight of its last nine games, with the only loss coming in double-overtime to Kansas on Feb. 20. The Cowboys are 4-3 in league road games.

Fifth-year head coach Travis Ford returned four starters from last season's team that posted a 15-18 overall record and finished seventh in the Big 12 with a 7-11 league mark. OSU's starting lineup this season features just one senior and one junior alongside two sophomores and a freshman.

Four Cowboys average double figures in points, including junior guard Markel Brown, who paces the team and ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 (15.0 ppg). Freshman guard Marcus Smart, the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, leads the league in steals (2.9 spg) and is No. 5 in scoring (14.3 ppg), No. 6 in assists (4.4 apg) and No. 16 in rebounding (5.7 rpg). Preseason All-Big 12 selection Le'Bryan Nash, a sophomore guard, averages 13.2 ppg, while Senior center Phillip Jurick is the squad's top rebounder (6.3 rpg).

As a team, OSU is putting up 72.7 ppg and owns the second-best scoring margin in the Big 12 (+11.1 ppg). The group leads the league in average turnover margin (+2.8) and ranks No. 36 nationally in blocked shots (4.9 bpg).

TCU and Oklahoma State will be meeting for the 21st time on the hardwood. OSU owns an 18-2 series lead and has won each of the last seven matchups since a 92-61 Frog victory in the 1986 All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City. The Cowboys have won each of the previous six games played in Fort Worth.

TCU vs. Oklahoma State - Last 10 Meetings
Date  *  W/L  *  Score  *  Site                              
Mar. 13, 1953  *  L  *  54-71  *  Manhattan
Dec. 20, 1969  *  L  *  59-69  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 26, 1986  *  W  *  92-61  *  Oklahoma City
Dec. 22, 1992  *  L  *  47-65  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 9, 1993  *  L  *  67-89  *  Stillwater
Dec. 30, 1997  *  L  *  81-82  *  Fort Worth
Nov. 28, 1998  *  L  *  74-79  *  Stillwater
Nov. 21, 2001  *  L   *  77-95  *  Las Vegas
Nov. 25, 2005  *  L  *  58-66  *  Las Vegas
Jan. 9, 2013  *  L  *  45-63  *  Stillwater

Garlon Green scored a game-high 20 points, including the 1,000th of his career, but Oklahoma State proved to be too much on its home court, downing the Frogs by a 63-45 count on Jan. 9 in Stillwater.

Green reached the 20-point plateau for the third time in five games, dropping 8-of-15 shots from the field. TCU needed Green's efforts, as the rest of the squad struggled on the offensive end for much of the evening, finishing the contest shooting only 36.2% from the floor while committing a season-high 21 turnovers. Kyan Anderson joined Green in double figures with 10 points.

OSU took an early lead and never looked back, running out to a 36-22 advantage at intermission after leading by as many as 17 points in the opening half. The Frogs struggled to find their offense in the first period, with the exception of Green, who totaled 14 points in the frame. TCU shot only 33.3% from the floor in the stanza, while the Cowboys had no such problems, scoring at a 61.9% clip.

TCU started slow out of the gate and was unable to recover, dropping a 74-48 road decision at No. 9 Kansas on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

KU jumped on top of TCU from the game's outset, grabbing an 11-0 lead in the opening minutes on its way to taking a 29-point advantage into halftime. The Frogs struggled mightily from the field in the first 20 minutes, making only 4-of-23 field-goal attempts and missing all seven of their 3's. The squad also turned the ball over 10 times in the period, resulting in 16 Kansas points. Devonta Abron totaled seven of TCU's nine first-half points.

While TCU struggled early, KU's game was sharp. The squad drilled nearly 53% of its shots overall, including an even 50% from beyond the arc. Kansas clamped down on the Frogs defensively, holding TCU to its lowest point total in a half (nine) since records started being tracked in the 1970s.

Abron finished as TCU's top scorer (career-high 18 points) and rebounder (nine boards). Kyan Anderson also scored in double figures for the fifth straight game with 11 points.

* Abron topped his previous best of 17 points set during the Nov. 29 home win over Southern Utah.

* Abron led the Frogs in both points and boards for the sixth time this season in each category.

* Chris Zurcher dished out a career-high three assists while leading the Frogs in the category for the first time ever.

* Kemal Dincer scored the first points of his TCU career on a long jumper with just over a minute remaining in the contest.



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