Preview: Kansas State


Feb. 26, 2018

TCU Horned Frogs
(20-9, 8-8)
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Kansas State Wildcats
(20-9, 9-7)
Feb. 27, 2018 | 8 p.m. | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arnea (6,800)

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU (20-9, 8-8) will try for its fourth-straight win when it hosts Kansas State (20-9, 9-7) Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The game at Schollmaier Arena will be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on 570 KLIF AM, 88.7 KTCU FM, Sirius and XM channel 83 and the TuneIn app.

Storylines
- TCU has not won four-straight conference games since the 1998-99 season.
- It will be senior night for six Horned Frogs including all-conference players Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams.
- TCU's last win on senior night came on March 9, 2013, a 70-67 win over Oklahoma.
- TCU's eight conference wins are the most since the 2004-05 season when it went 8-8 in Conference USA.
- TCU has won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign.
- The Frogs are coming off their first sweep of Baylor since the 1988-89 season.
- Against the Bears, Alex Robinson scored 22 points, on 8-of-10 shooting and dished out six assists.
- TCU leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks among the national leaders in assists per game (2nd, 19.4), assist turnover ratio (10th, 1.5), field goal percentage (7th, 50.5) and 3-point percentage (9th, 41.2).
- TCU also ranks among the national leaders in rebounding margin (18th, +6.4) and scoring (14th, 84.5).
- The Frogs have shot over 54.0 percent from the field in their last three games and have won by an average of 12.0 points.
- TCU ranks fourth in offensive efficiency, the best in the Big 12, according to KenPom.com.
- Kenrich Williams has recorded 10 double-doubles and is averaging 12.9 points and a team-best 9.2 rebounds this season.
- Williams is the only player in the Big 12 in the top 18 in rebounding (2nd, 9.2), assists (7th, 4.1) and scoring (18th, 12.9).
- With a balanced scoring attack, TCU has five players averaging double-figures, seven averaging 8.5 points or more.
- Vladimir Brodziansky ranks No. 10 in the Big 12 in scoring (15.4) and has scored in double figures in the last 20 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 12th in the NCAA in 3-point percentage at 49.1.
- Bane ranks in the top 10 in field goal efficiency (8th, 67.7) and true shooting percentage (9th, 69.0).
- The Frogs were ranked for eight consecutive weeks. They are receiving votes in this week's AP and USA Today poll.

About the Opponent
- Kansas State has won three of its last four games, but lost its last contest, 86-77, at Oklahoma Saturday.
- The Wildcats are led by junior guard Barry Brown, who is averaging a team-best 16.6 points and 3.3 assists per game.
- After being picked eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, K-State is currently fourth in the conference, one game ahead of TCU.

About the Series
- Kansas State leads the all-time series 12-5, including a 5-1 advantage in Fort Worth.
- In the first meeting this season, Kenrich Williams had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-68 KSU win.
- TCU's last win over KSU came last season, 86-80 (OT) in Manhattan. The last TCU win in Fort Worth was 69-55 on Feb. 18, 2015.
- Last season's meeting in Fort Worth was a close, 75-74 win by the Wildcats on March 1, 2017.

Academic All-Big 12
A TCU record, five players, were named Academic All-Big 12 on Feb. 23. Five selections were also the most of any school in the conference. Seniors Vladimir Brodziansky (psychology), Clayton Crawford (finance and real estate), Dalton Dry (management) and Austin Sottile (accounting) were named to the first team with GPAs of 3.20 or better and senior Ahmed Hamdy (master of liberal arts) earned second team honors with a GPA of 3.00-3.20.

Consistent Vlad
Vladimir Brodziansky has scored in double-figures in each of the last 20 games. That is the most consecutive games of at least 10 points for TCU since Kevin Langford went 21-straight games from Nov. 17, 2007 to Feb. 13, 2008.

20 Wins
TCU has won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign when it won 20 for the third-straight season. With their 20th win coming on Feb. 24, it is the earliest the Frogs have reached 20 wins 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.
- Jamie Dixon has won at least 20 games in 14 of his 15 seasons as a head coach. Of the five Big 12 coaches who have at least 15 years of head coaching experience, only Bill Self (15-of-15) has more 20-win seasons over the last 15 years. Dixon went 19-15 in 2014-15 at Pittsburgh.

Conference Wins
TCU's eight Big 12 wins are the most its ever had in six seasons as a member of the conference. The Frogs went 6-12 last season, Jamie Dixon's first season with the team. In TCU's previous four seasons in the Big 12, it had only eight wins.
- Eight conference wins are the most since going 8-8 in the Conference USA during the 2004-05 season. TCU has not recorded nine wins in conference since going 9-7 in the WAC during the 2000-01.
- TCU has won three consecutive conference games for the first time since last season. The Frogs have not won four-straight conference games since going 14-0 in the WAC during the 1997-98 season.
- TCU has three conference road wins 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 sweeps of Big 12 teams this season, five in its history. The Frogs swept Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State this season. They swept Texas Tech in 2015, Texas in 2017.

Shooting and Scoring
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 14th in the NCAA in scoring offense (84.5). 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 (19.4).
- TCU ranks first in the Big 12 and seventh in the NCAA in field goal shooting (50.5%). TCU has never averaged 50 percent or better in a season.
- TCU ranks first in the Big 12 and ninth in the NCAA in 3-point shooting (41.2%).
- TCU's offensive efficiency ranks fourth at 122.8 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 10 in shooting percentage in the Big 12... 4. Vladimir Brodziansky - 57.7, 6. Desmond Bane - 56.2, 10. Kouat Noi - 52.3. TCU is the only teams with three players ranked in the top 10 in shooting percentage in the Big 12.
- Sophomore Desmond Bane (49.1) leads the Big 12 in 3-point shooting. Freshman Kouat Noi (46.6) is second. The school record for 3-point shooting percentage in a season, with a min. of 2.0 makes per game, 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 (81.7). He is first in Big 12 only games at 88.2 percent (75-of-85).
- 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.

 

 

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