Frogs Meet Texas Tech Saturday in Lubbock

Devonta Abron has led TCU on the glass in four of the last five games.

Devonta Abron has led TCU on the glass in four of the last five games.

March 1, 2013

Game #29: TCU (10-18; 1-14) vs. Texas Tech (9-17; 2-13)

Date & Time:March 2, 2013 • 3:01 p.m.
LocationLubbock, Texas • United Spirit Arena (15,098)
Television:Big 12 Network(TXA-21 in DFW)
TV Talent:Mitch Holthus (play-by-play)
Dan Hughes (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM)
Radio Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst) (GameTracker, Audio )
Series:Texas Tech leads, 73-47
Last Meeting:Jan. 5, 2013 in Fort Worth (L, 53-62)
Game Notes: TCU | Texas Tech

FORT WORTH -- TCU begins its final road stretch of the regular season Saturday when it faces Texas Tech in Lubbock at 3 p.m. The Big 12 Network will televise the matchup live from the Red Raiders’ United Spirit Arena.

TCU (10-18 overall; 1-14 Big 12) looks to return to the win column against Texas Tech after the Red Raiders ended a two-game Horned Frogs winning streak in the series during both teams’ Big 12 opener back on Jan. 5 in Fort Worth. TCU is still looking for its first league road victory. It will travel to K-State on Tuesday for its final road contest of the regular season.

Texas Tech (9-17; 2-13 Big 12) looks to clinch at least the No. 9 seed for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a win against the Frogs. In addition to its Jan. 5 win at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the squad also defeated Iowa State in Lubbock on Jan. 23. Tech enters Saturday’s matchup looking to end a nine-game losing streak.

The Big 12 Network will televise the contest live on a regional basis on TXA-21 in the DFW area. Viewers located inside the Big 12 footprint but outside the Metroplex should check local listings for a carrier in their area. The contest will also be offered on ESPN3 to qualified cable subscribers and on a pay-per-view basis via ESPN Full Court. Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Dan Hughes (analyst) will serve as the TV talent.  

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. 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.

* Head coach Trent Johnson is 1-2 all-time against Texas Tech (0-1 at Nevada; 1-0 at Stanford; 0-1 at TCU).

* Kyan Anderson has scored in double figures six straight games, the longest streak of his career and the best by a Frog this season.

* Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 5), steals (5), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (T-No. 10), 3-point percentage (No. 14) and scoring (No. 18).

* Devonta Abron has led TCU in rebounding four of the last five games and has missed double-doubles by just one rebound in each of the last two games.

* Abron’s overall field-goal percentage of 54.3% would rank just outside the top-10 individual seasons in TCU history.

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

* A Saturday appearance by Garlon Green would give him sole possession of TCU’s career games played record, which he currently shares with former Frog Femi Ibikunle (2004-07). Green has played in 125 games, including each of the last 106.

* Green needs 13 points to match Gary Landers (1974-76) for 18th place on TCU’s career scoring list (1,114 points).

* TCU ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 and No. 48 in the NCAA in scoring defense (61.2 ppg). The squad is No. 36 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (137).

* 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 0-17 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.

* Crossland has scored in double figures five times in the last 10 games. He had done so previously only twice in 50 career contests.

* Crossland tops TCU in rebounding during Big 12 play (6.3 rpg). He ranks tied with McKinney for No. 6 in the Big 12 in offensive boards in league action (2.6 rpg).

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 12 of the last 22 games after pacing the squad only five times in his previous 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 No. 2 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 65 of his 70 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 23.0 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 57 more free throws in Big 12 play than its opponents, an average margin of +3.8 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in nine of 15 conference games.

Texas Tech enters Saturday’s matchup at 9-17 overall and in ninth place in the Big 12 standing with a 2-13 league mark. The squad currently holds a one-game edge on TCU for the No. 9 seed in the Big 12 Tournament and trails No. 8 Texas by three games. In addition to its Jan. 5 road win at TCU, Tech also owns a home victory over Iowa State (Jan. 23).

First-year head coach Chris Walker took over a Red Raiders team that finished last season with an 8-23 overall record and 10th place in the Big 12 with a 1-17 conference mark. Tech features a young lineup this season that includes three starters who are either sophomores or freshmen.

Junior forward Jaye Crockett leads the Red Raiders in both scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). He ranks No. 8 in the Big 12 in boards, No. 12 in scoring and No. 5 in field-goal percentage (51.3%). Freshman guard Josh Gray is the team’s top assist man (3.2 apg), ranking No. 9 in the league, while he is second among Big 12 players in steals (2.1 spg).

Texas Tech is the Big 12 leader this season in steals (8.3 spg) and ranks No. 41 nationally in the category. The squad averages 65.7 ppg and owns an average scoring margin of -6.7 for the season overall.

TCU and Texas Tech will be meeting for the 121st time on the hardwood, which ranks seventh among the Frogs’ most-played all-time series. The only season the teams did not play since 1955-56 was in 1999-2000. The Red Raiders own a 73-47 advantage all-time and a 41-15 edge in games played in Lubbock, although the Frogs have won in both of their last two visits. TCU has taken three of the last five matchups overall.

TCU vs. Texas Tech – Last 10 Meetings
Date  *  W/L  *  Score  *  Site                         
Dec. 10, 2003  *  L  *  60-67  *  Lubbock
Nov. 23, 2004  *  W  *  83-68  *  Fort Worth
Nov. 30, 2005  *  L  *  54-81  *  Lubbock
Nov. 29, 2006  *  L  *  60-70  *  Fort Worth
Nov. 28, 2007  *  L  *  58-71  *  Lubbock
Jan. 6, 2008  *  W  *  85-80  *  Lubbock
Dec. 8, 2009  *  L  *  70-80  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 8, 2010  *  W  *  81-77  *  Lubbock
Dec. 6, 2011  *  W  *  75-69  *  Fort Worth
Jan. 5, 2013  *  L  *  53-62  *  Fort Worth

TCU staged a late comeback attempt but fell short, dropping a 62-53 decision to Texas Tech in its inaugural Big 12 game Jan. 5 in Fort Worth.

TCU trailed the Red Raiders by 16 points with just over five minutes remaining before rallying. The Frogs scored 12 of the game’s next 13 points to climb to within five inside the final minute, but the squad was unable to scratch any closer. Tech closed the game out at the free-throw line, going 2-for-2 on successive trips inside the final 35 seconds to hold off the Frogs.

Devonta Abron led TCU with a game-high 16 points, while he added seven rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Abron paired with Adrick McKinney to give the Frogs a physical presence inside against the Red Raiders. TCU posted a 35-30 rebounding edge while pulling down a season-best 17 offensive boards.

Kyan Anderson scored in double figures for the career-high sixth straight game, but No. 15 Oklahoma State proved to be too sharp on offense, downing TCU by a 64-47 count Wednesday at the DMC.

The Cowboys singed the nets against the Frogs, finishing with a 55.1% shooting rate, the highest for a TCU opponent this season. While OSU was hot, the Frogs struggled, making only 27.3% of their shots.

Leading by just three points with five minutes remaining in the first half, OSU finished off the stanza with a nice run to put the Frogs in a big halftime hole. The Cowboys scored 12 of the final 13 points of the half to take a 38-24 advantage into the locker room, then totaled the opening eight points of the second period to push their lead to 44-24.

TCU was held to just a single free throw by Adrick McKinney during a combined stretch of more than 10 minutes between the two halves. Anderson ended the Frogs’ drought with a 3-pointer with 14:33 remaining. TCU was able to close the gap to 14 points following a dunk by Nate Butler Lind with 9:07 left, but the squad was unable to scratch any closer.

* Kyan Anderson led TCU in scoring for the eight time this season, totaling 15 points for his career-high sixth consecutive double-digit performance.

* Devonta Abron missed a double-double by one rebound for the second straight game, totaling 12 points and nine boards. He set career bests in free throws (eight) and attempts (10).

* Garlon Green made his 125th career appearance as a Frog, matching Femi Ibikule’s school record set between 2003-04 and 2006-07.

Kyan Anderson has continued to progress in his second year on the Frogs’ roster after posting one of the best campaigns for a Frog freshman in recent memory last season.

* Anderson has been TCU’s on-court leader, pacing the squad in scoring, 3-pointers, assists, steals and minutes played.

* Anderson also tops the team in double-figure scoring efforts (16) and games leading the team in scoring (eight; tied with Garlon Green). His 15 games pacing TCU in assists are more than twice that of any other Frog.

* Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 5), steals (5), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (T-No. 10), 3-point percentage (No. 14) and scoring (No. 18).

* Anderson has scored in double figures six straight games, a new career-long streak and the longest by a Frog this season.

* Anderson has matched his career high of eight assists twice this season, both in the last four games.

* Anderson became the first Frog with three consecutive 20-point outings since Corey Santee went four straight in 2002-03 with three solid efforts Nov. 24 and Dec. 4.

* Anderson totaled a career-high 35 points during a 76-73 victory over UAB on Nov. 24 at the South Padre Invitational to help earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.  

* The 35-point effort is the second-best total this season for a Big 12 player. It was the top figure for a Frog since Kevin Langford totaled 36 vs. Wyoming on Jan. 21, 2008.

* Anderson has played in every game since he arrived on campus and leads TCU with a streak of 50 consecutive starts.

* Anderson was among the watch list of candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award honoring the nation’s top point guard.

* Anderson was named 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Frog to win such an award since Damion Walker was the 1996 Southwest Conference honoree. His 22 starts were the most for a TCU freshman since Femi Ibikunle totaled 28 in 2003-04, while his 90 assists were the most since Corey Santee’s 180 in 2001-02.



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