March 7, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU closes out its regular-season Saturday against No. 23 Oklahoma at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Sooners will tip at 3:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on the Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Stephen Howard (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the game versus Oklahoma 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.
No. 23 Oklahoma comes into Saturday with a 22-8 overall record, including an 11-6 mark in Big 12 action after defeating West Virginia in its last outing, 72-62. The Sooners, who have won two-straight heading into Saturday, shot 41.8 percent from the field in their outing against the Mountaineers. Senior Cameron Clark led the way against WVU, scoring 19 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Individually, Buddy Hield has carried OU throughout the season, averaging 16.6 points per game, while shooting 45 percent from the floor. Clark is also in double-figures, averaging 15.1 points a contest and 5.6 boards a game.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 13-2, but TCU did capture a 70-67 victory over the Sooners last March in Fort Worth. The Frogs' only other win in the series came in a 95-82 decision in Oklahoma City during the 1986-87 campaign.
He's In Shape
Simply put, Kyan Anderson, a junior from Fort Worth, single-handedly kept the Frogs in the game this past Wednesday night during the first half, scoring 18 of TCU's opening 27 points. Anderson scored the first 14 points for the Purple and White to begin the game. When broken down even further, Anderson, who tallied 16 out of the first 17 points of the game for TCU, watched on as he was the lone player to score from the field until freshman Hudson Price buried a three with 3:13 showing on the clock in the first half. The junior has now scored over 16 points in the opening stanza against Baylor (18), Kansas (21), Kansas State (17) and now Texas (18).
The Final Stand
Saturday's game marks the final home game for senior's Thomas Montigel and Jarvis Ray. The duo has been a part of 127 games during their time at TCU, while making 42 starts between the two. Montigel is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, including a first team selection this season. Ray has started all 29 games for the Purple and White this year, while scoring in double-figures 11 times. He has posted back-to-back double-doubles in his last two outings.
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. The last four games, the Frogs have played without the services of second-leading scorer and junior Amric Fields. Nationally, TCU's depletion is not like any seen as only Loyola Marymount, Penn, Quinnipiac and UC Santa Barbara have had five or more student-athletes expected to miss games entering this week.
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 4-3 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
TCU has now held 12 opponents to 65 points or less this season.
TCU has now held 16 of its 29 opponents to under 70 points.
TCU has faced nine ranked opponent in its last 16 games.
Kyan Anderson has scored in double-figures in 12-straight games.
With 1,149 career points, Anderson is now 17th all-time in program history in scoring.
Anderson now has 11 20-point games this season. He now has 17 20-point games in his three-year career.
If Amric Fields isn't able to go Saturday, TCU will be left with one player who checks in at taller than 6-foot-7.
Jarvis Ray tallied his second-straight double-double Wednesday at Texas.
Ray recorded double-digits in points for a fourth-straight conference game against the Longhorns.
Will History Repeat Itself
TCU sent out its senior class the right way last season, holding off a furious charge by Oklahoma late after leading by 25 to post a 70-67 victory in the team's regular-season finale at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. In 2013, the Horned Frogs won on Senior Day at the DMC for the first time since 2006-07. Upon further review though, only one player on the current roster saw action against the Sooners a year ago in Fort Worth. Junior Kyan Anderson played a total of 38 minutes, while tallying 11 points and seven assists.
Ray Rolling On
Since junior Amric Fields hasn't been able to go, senior Jarvis Ray has stepped up his production in the last four games. Ray, who is coming off his second-straight career double-double at Texas, is averaging 11.0 points per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor in the four games. He is also averaging 7.8 rebounds a contest since Fields' departure.
A February To Remember
In the eight games last month, junior Kyan Anderson averaged 21.4 points per game and shot a blistering 50 percent from deep in February. The junior, who also dished out 4.3 assists per game during the month and shot 50.9 percent from the floor, only missed six free throw's the entire month, going 45-of-51 (.882). He 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 eight contests.
Prior to this past Saturday, freshman Karviar Shepherd posted his second-straight and fourth career double-double, scoring 11 points, while grabbing 10 boards against Oklahoma State. The freshman, who had scored in double-figures in four-straight conference games after scoring a team-high 14 at WVU, tallied his third double-double during conference play this season against the Cowboys, having done so at Oklahoma (12 points, 11 rebounds) and versus Iowa State (14 points, 15 rebounds).
Excelling In The Classroom
Senior Thomas Montigel and sophomore Christian Gore were among the 16 players named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team as announced by the league office.
First Half Domination
In the four outings prior to last Monday, junior Kyan Anderson, who currently ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring, had caught fire during the opening frame of play. 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 five out of the last eight contests and seven times in the last 12 games.
Inside the Last Five Minutes
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 29 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 20 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark.
Heading into Saturday, the Horned Frogs have made it a point to improve following halftime in each league game. TCU has scored nine more points in the second half than compared to the first half, while holding its opponent to 27 less shot attempts.
Second Half Success
In 29 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 196-175 in the first four minutes of action.
He's Heating Up
Prior to WVU at home, junior Kyan Anderson had started to catch fire, scoring three-straight games of 27, 25 and 21 points, respectively. The Fort Worth native has now scored 20 or more points 17 times in his career. He has now never posted five-straight games of 20 or more points in his career.
In the last 12 games, Anderson, who torched Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas, K-State and Texas for 23, 22, 27, 29, 25, 23 and 28 points, respectively, is averaging 20.3 points a game, while shooting a blistering 46.2 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from three-point land. He has had 20 points or more seven times in the last 12 outings.
TCU will open the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 8:30 p.m. CT.