TCU Concludes Road Schedule at No. 9 K-State

Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson

Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson

March 4, 2013

Game #30: TCU (10-19; 1-15) at No. 9/10 K-State (24-5; 13-3)

Date & Time:March 5, 2013 • 7:05 p.m.
LocationManhattan, Kan. • Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Television:Big 12 Network(TXA-21 in DFW)
TV Talent:Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)
Rich Zvosek (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM)
Radio Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst)
Internet:GoFrogs.com (GameTracker, Audio )
ESPN3.com
Series:Kansas State leads, 4-2
Last Meeting:Jan. 16, 2013 in Fort Worth (L, 54-67)
Game Notes: TCU | Kansas State

FORT WORTH -- TCU finishes off its 2012-13 road schedule Tuesday when it faces No. 9/10 Kansas State at 7 p.m. in Manhattan, Kan. The Big 12 Network will televise the matchup live from the Wildcats' Bramlage Coliseum.

TCU (10-19 overall; 1-15 Big 12) looks for its first Big 12 road victory in its final opportunity of the season. The squad, which already is ensured the No. 10 seed for next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, dropped a 67-54 decision to K-State at home in the teams' first meeting back on Jan. 16. Following Tuesday's contest, TCU will wrap up the regular season Saturday at home vs. Oklahoma at 4 p.m.

KSU (24-5 overall; 13-3 Big 12) looks to keep pace with fellow Big 12 leader Kansas atop the conference standings. The Wildcats won at the buzzer Saturday at Baylor to extend their current winning streak to five games. If both KU and K-State win their final two games, KSU would earn the No. 2 seed for the Big 12 tournament.

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. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosek (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 GoFrogs.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.


FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU is 1-3 this season against ranked opponents and has combined for three wins over top-20 foes since February 2012.

* Kyan Anderson has scored in double figures seven straight games, the longest streak of his career and the best by a Frog since J.R. Cadot ended last season on a seven-game run.

* Anderson has made at least two 3-pointers in each of the last seven games, averaging 2.6 per game.

* Anderson is among the Big 12 leaders in minutes (No. 3), steals (No. 6), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), assists (No. 10), 3-pointers (No. 10), 3-point percentage (No. 11) and scoring (No. 17).

* Devonta Abron has scored in double figures in three straight games to tie his career-long streak. He is averaging team-high figures of 15.3 ppg and 8.0 rpg during the current stretch.

* Abron has led TCU in rebounding four of the last six games.

* Abron is 16-of-22 on free throws in the last two games and has set single-game bests in makes (eight) and attempts (12).

* TCU joins Baylor as the only Big 12 teams with three players among the league's top-12 rebounders in conference play: Adrick McKinney (No. 10; 6.2 rpg), Abron (No. 11; 5.8 rpg) and Connell Crossland (No. 12; 6.1 rpg).

* TCU has attempted 65 more free throws in Big 12 play than its opponents, an average margin of +4.1 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in 10 of 16 conference games.

* TCU ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 and No. 61 in the NCAA in scoring defense (61.6 ppg). The squad is No. 28 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (141).

* TCU's scoring defense average is 10.5 ppg 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 0-18 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.

* McKinney ranks seventh in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding (2.4 rpg) and is tied for fifth in league play (2.6 rpg).

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 13 of the last 23 games after pacing the squad only five times in his previous 37 career contests.

* Garlon Green is TCU's all-time career leader in games played with 126 and has made a team-high 107 straight appearances. He ranks No. 5 in program history in minutes played (3,181).

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

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

* Crossland has scored in double figures five times in the last 11 games. He had done so previously only twice in 50 career contests.

* Anderson's 35-point game Dec. 22 at Rice ranks as the No. 3 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 74 of his 79 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 23.5 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.


SCOUTING KANSAS STATE
Kansas State enters Tuesday's game at 24-5 overall and tied for first place in the Big 12 standings with a 13-3 league mark. The squad's only league losses have come to Kansas (twice) and at Iowa State. K-State brings five-game winning streaks both overall and at home into the matchup. It is 16-1 at Bramlage Coliseum this season.

First-year head coach Bruce Weber inherited a KSU squad that returned 13 letterwinners and four starters from last year's group that posted a 22-11 record and tied for fifth place in the Big 12. KSU reached the NCAA Tournament Third Round, where it fell to top-seeded Syracuse, 75-59.

Senior guard Rodney McGruder, a Preseason All-Big 12 selection, tops the Wildcats in scoring (14.9 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.3 rpg). He ranks as the league's No. 5 overall point producer. Sophomore forward Thomas Gipson is the team's leading rebounder (5.3 rpg), while senior forward Jordan Henriquez is No. 2 in the Big 12 in blocked shots (2.0 bpg). Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez (5.3 apg) ranks No. 3 in the league in assists and No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio (2.31).

As a team, K-State is among the nation's leaders in assists (No. 12), assist/turnover ratio (No. 15), offensive rebounding (No. 28), scoring defense (No. 31) and 3-point field-goal percentage defense (No. 48). The squad leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (59.7 ppg), assists, assist/turnover margin and offensive rebound percentage (39.3%).


INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Kansas State will play for the seventh time since their first meeting on Dec. 11, 1947. KSU holds a 4-2 series advantage, including a 2-1 edge in games played in Manhattan. Both TCU victories have come in the postseason. The Frogs posted a 77-72 victory in the 1968 NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals to reach the NCAA Regional Final, now known as the Elite Eight, for the only time in program history. The squad also earned a 72-71 victory in the 1999 NIT First Round played in Manhattan.

TCU vs. Kansas State - All-Time Series
Date  *  W/L  *  Score  *  Site                       
Dec. 11, 1947  *  L  *  17-75  *  Manhattan
Mar. 15, 1968  *  W  *  77-72  *  Wichita
Dec. 19, 1969  *  L  *  65-75  *  Fort Worth
Dec. 1, 1970  *  L  *  70-79  *  Manhattan
Mar. 10, 1999  *  W  *  72-71  *  Manhattan
Jan. 16, 2013  *  L  *  54-67  *  Fort Worth


LAST TIME WE MET: NO. 16 K-STATE 67, TCU 54
Adrick McKinney scored a career-high 18 points, but TCU fell to No. 16/18 Kansas State in its first trip to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in more than 40 years back on Jan. 16, 67-54.

McKinney came alive for the Frogs in the second half, but it wasn't enough to offset a K-State squad that showed up to Fort Worth in sharp form. KSU connected on 48.2% of its field goals, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range, and turned 12 TCU turnovers into 20 points. The Wildcats built a 13-point lead at the half and never looked back.

McKinney went 6-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-9 at the charity stripe on the way to his career performance. He totaled 12 of his scoring figure in the second half and added a team-high nine rebounds for the game, the sixth time in nine contests he grabbed at least nine boards.


LAST TIME OUT: TEXAS TECH 72, TCU 63
Kyan Anderson scored 18 points and Devonta Abron added 16, but TCU was unable to overcome a strong performance by Texas Tech's frontcourt during a 72-63 road setback to the Red Raiders on Saturday in Lubbock.

Tech received a monster performance by its two starting post players, Jordan Tolbert and Dejan Kravic, as the pair combined for 38 points and 17 rebounds against the Frogs. Tolbert scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, while Kravic added a double-double featuring 16 points and a game-high 11 boards.

Tolbert and Kravic led a strong Red Raider offensive effort that was highlighted by a 62.2% shooting rate from the field, the top figure against TCU this season. The squad did most of its damage in the paint, outscoring the Frogs by a 42-22 count, but it did also sink 4-of-9 shots from beyond the arc. TCU made only 39.2% of its shots overall.

Tech led by six points at the half and by as many as 14 in the second stanza. TCU pulled within three points with just under five minutes left but was held to only one field goal in the game's final six-and-a-half minutes.


TCU-TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES
* Anderson's 18 points marked his most since totaling 19 points Jan. 23 at West Virginia. He matched a career best with four 3-pointers set previously Dec. 4 vs. Houston.

* Anderson scored in double figures for the seventh consecutive contest, extending a career-long streak and the longest run by a Frog this season.

* Devonta Abron fell just two points shy of his career scoring high with 16. He has now reached double figures in three straight games, tying his career-long run.

* Abron sank 8-of-12 shots at the charity stripe. The eight free throws matched his career high set last game, while the 12 attempts were a personal best.

* TCU's 63 points marked its most in Big 12 play.


RANKED TEAMS BEWARE
TCU has experienced recent success against ranked opponents, especially in games played at home.

* TCU has won three meetings with ranked teams dating back to last season. The squad also had one loss come in overtime to No. 21 San Diego State in the 2012 regular-season finale.

* TCU is 1-3 this season against ranked squads, downing No. 5/5 Kansas (62-55) on Feb. 6 and falling to No. 16/18 Kansas State on Jan. 16 (67-54), No. 9/9 KU on Feb. 23 (48-74) and No. 15/18 Oklahoma State on Feb. 27 (47-64).

* TCU won consecutive matchups against ranked foes last season in February home dates with No. 11/14 UNLV (102-97) and No. 18/21 New Mexico (83-64). It marked the first time in history the Frogs had defeated top-20 teams in succession.

* The Frogs nearly made it three wins in a row over ranked teams last season, dropping a 98-92 decision to No. 21/23 San Diego State in their regular-season finale at home.


ANDERSON DIRECTS OFFENSIVE ATTACK
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 (17) and games leading the team in scoring (nine). His 16 games pacing TCU in assists are more than twice that of any other Frog.

* Anderson is among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 3), steals (No. 6), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), assists (No. 10), 3-pointers (No. 10), 3-point percentage (No. 11) and scoring (No. 17).

* Anderson has scored in double figures seven straight games, the longest streak of his career and the best by a Frog since J.R. Cadot ended last season on a seven-game run.

* Anderson also has made at least two 3-pointers in each of the last seven games, averaging 2.6 per game.

* Anderson has matched his career high of eight assists twice this season, both in the last five 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 third-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 51 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.


ABRON HAS ARRIVED
Newcomer Devonta Abron has teamed with returning starter Adrick McKinney to provide TCU with a physical presence on the interior this season.

* Abron leads TCU this season in blocked shots and field-goal percentage, is No. 2 in rebounding and No. 4 in scoring.

* Abron ranks 15th in the Big 12 in rebounding, including 11th in conference play.

* Abron's current individual field-goal percentage of 53.6% would rank just outside the top-10 seasons in TCU history.

* Abron has led TCU six times this season in scoring and seven times in boards, both of which rank third on the team.

* Abron has scored in double figures in each of the last three games to tie his career-long streak. He is averaging team-best figures of 15.3 ppg and 8.0 rpg during the current stretch.

* Abron has led TCU in rebounding four of the last six games.

* Abron is 16-of-22 on free throws in the last two games and has set single-game bests in makes (eight) and attempts (12).

* Abron has reached double figures in rebounds twice this season and a team-high six times in his career, most recently with 11 Feb. 19 vs. Texas.

* Abron has held his own inside in Big 12 play against some much larger frontcourts. He has seven double-figure scoring efforts during league action, including a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds during a Feb. 23 loss at No. 9 Kansas.

* Abron led TCU with 16 points and a career-high four blocked shots during the Jan. 5 Big 12 opener vs. Texas Tech. The four blocks marked the most for a Frog since the 2006-07 season.

* Abron burst onto the scene this season with a solid five-game stretch that saw him score in double figures four times.

* He averaged 11.8 ppg during the stretch, shot 71.9% from the floor (23-of-32) and pulled down 7.8 rpg. He opened the season with figures of 3.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 33.3% in the first three games.

* Abron recorded his first double-double Nov. 20 vs. Navy, matching a career high with 13 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

* Abron is no stranger to high-level competition. He transferred to TCU this past offseason after making 22 starts as a true freshman for Arkansas in 2011-12. He led the Razorbacks in rebounding for the season.

* A prized recruit in high school, Abron was a Parade All-American as a senior at Dallas' Seagoville High School.


 

 


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