Frogs Host Sooners Saturday on Senior Day

Senior forward Garlon Green

March 8, 2013

Game #31: TCU (10-20; 1-16) vs. Oklahoma (20-9; 11-6)

Date & Time:March 9, 2013 • 4:04 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television:FOX Sports Southwest
TV Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM, Sirius 13, XM 196)
Radio Talent:Russell Scott (play-by-play)
Jeff Lewis (analyst) (GameTracker, Audio ), Video
Series:OU leads, 12-1
Last Meeting:Feb. 11, 2013 in Norman (L, 48-75)
Game Notes: TCU | OU

FORT WORTH -- TCU puts an end to its regular-season schedule at home Saturday when it plays host to Oklahoma on Senior Day at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. FOX Sports Southwest will televise the matchup live with a 4 p.m. tip-off.

The Horned Frogs (10-20 overall; 1-16 Big 12) look to send out a four-man senior class in style, as Nate Butler Lind, Connell Crossland, Garlon Green and Adrick McKinney will be honored prior to their final home contest Saturday. TCU already is ensured the No. 10 seed for next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City. The squad will play the No. 7 seed in the opening round on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Sprint Center.

Oklahoma (20-9 overall; 11-6 Big 12) enters the final regular-season contest in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings. The Sooners could still climb up to the No. 3 seed for next week's Big 12 tourney with a win against TCU and a loss by Oklahoma State to Kansas State of fall to No. 5 with a setback to the Frogs. OU has now won 20 games for the first time since 2008-09 and appear to have a good shot at earning an NCAA Tournament bid.

FOX Sports Southwest (DirecTV 676; Dish 437) will televise Saturday's contest live with the veteran Frog radio tandem of Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) calling the action on TV. Russell Scott (pxp) and Jeff Lewis (analyst) will fill in on 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, as well as on satellite radio via Sirius channel 137 and XM 196. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at, while live streams of both the television and radio broadcasts will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.

* TCU will attempt to send its seniors out with a win in their final regular-season home game for the first time since 2006-07.

* Kyan Anderson has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games, the longest streak of his career and the best by a Frog since Garlon Green went eight straight in 2010-11.

* Anderson is averaging 15.1 ppg during his recent hot streak. He has made at least two 3-pointers in each of the last eight games while averaging 2.9 treys per contest.

* Anderson is among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 3), steals (No. 6), 3-point field-goal percentage (No. 8), 3-pointers made (No. 9), assists (No. 9), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10) and scoring (No. 15).

* Devonta Abron has scored in double figures in four straight games to set a career-long streak. He is averaging 14.0 ppg and a team-best 8.0 rpg during the current stretch.

* Abron has attempted 30 free throws over the last three games. Opposing teams have totaled only 38 during that time.

* 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. 9; 6.4 rpg), Abron (No. 11; 5.9 rpg) and Connell Crossland (No. 12; 5.8 rpg).

* TCU has attempted 80 more free throws in Big 12 play than its opponents, an average margin of +4.7 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in 11 of 17 conference games.

* TCU ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 and No. 64 in the NCAA in scoring defense (62.2 ppg). The squad is No. 50 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (153).

* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 10 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 0-19 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 7-3 when shooting at least 45.0% overall and 7-1 when leading at the half.

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

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 14 of the last 24 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 127 and has made a team-high 108 straight appearances. He ranks No. 5 in program history in minutes played (3,212).

* Green is 19 points shy of matching Mickey McCarty (1966-68) for 17th place on TCU's career scoring list (1,137 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 12 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 82 of his 87 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 24.1 minutes in conference games after totaling just 29 minutes in non-conference.

* TCU has featured 11 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.

Oklahoma enters Saturday's matchup at 20-9 overall and in sole possession of fourth place in the Big 12 standings with an 11-6 league mark. The squad is 3-5 in conference road matchups and owns a two-game winning streak overall, as well as four wins in its last five outings.

Second-year head coach Lon Kruger directs a Sooners group that returned all five starters from last season's team that posted a 15-16 overall record and eighth-place finish in the Big 12 (5-11).

Senior forward Romero Osby leads OU in both scoring average (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). He ranks No. 4 and No. 5 in the Big 12 in the respective categories. Senior guard Steven Pledger (12.3 ppg) and junior forward Amath M'Baye (10.4 ppg) also average double figures in points. Pledger is No. 3 in the league in 3-pointers (2.4 3pg). Senior guard Sam Grooms is No. 11 in the Big 12 in assists (3.1 apg) and No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio (2.6).

As a team, Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in free-throw shooting (76.0%). The squad is No. 5 in scoring offense (71.4 ppg) and No. 6 in scoring defense (65.8 ppg).

TCU and Oklahoma have met 13 times in the all-time series with the Sooners holding a 12-1 edge. OU has won the last four meetings dating back the Frogs' last win on Dec. 27, 1986 in the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City (95-82). TCU is 0-3 against the Sooners in Fort Worth.

TCU vs. Oklahoma - Last Five Meetings
Date  *  W/L  *  Score  *  Site                              
Dec. 27, 1986  *  W  *  95-82  *  Oklahoma City
Dec. 28, 1991  *  L  *  73-78  *  Oklahoma City
Dec. 2, 2006  *  L  *  35-63  *  Norman
Dec. 2, 2007  *  L  *  66-90  *  Fort Worth
Feb. 11, 2013  *  L  *  48-75  *  Norman

TCU got off to a slow start and was unable to recover Feb. 11 in Norman, dropping a 75-48 decision to Oklahoma. Devonta Abron led the Frogs in defeat with game highs of 12 points and nine rebounds.

Playing in their third game in six days, the Frogs recorded one of their worst offensive halves this season in the opening period. The squad missed its first 14 shots and went only 4-of-24 overall from the floor for the period while falling down by 25 points at intermission, 36-11. The 11 points marked the fewest in any half for TCU since at least the early 1970s, when records started being tracked.

The Frogs fared far better on the offensive end of the court in the second stanza, but it was too late. OU finished the contest making an even 50% of its field-goal attempts and went a perfect 14-of-14 at the free-throw line. The Sooners, who led by as many as 36 after the break, were much more successful at limiting mistakes than the Frogs, giving up only seven turnovers while forcing TCU into 16 giveaways.

Kyan Anderson recorded his fourth 20-point effort of the season Tuesday but it wasn't enough to keep up with No. 9 K-State, as the Wildcats downed TCU in Manhattan, 79-68.

TCU put up one of its top offensive performances on the road, setting Big 12 seasons highs in points, shooting percentage and 3-pointers. The Wildcats countered the Frogs' strong outing with one of their own, making nearly 55% of their shots from the field. KSU totaled 27 assists on its 31 field goals, while it crippled TCU from outside, draining 12-of-29 attempts from 3-point range.

KSU put the Frogs in a 15-point hole at the half, but TCU continued to battle. The squad cut the lead to as few as four points with 10 minutes to play before the Wildcats jumped back out by 15 on the strength of three 3's.

* Kyan Anderson recorded his sixth career 20-point performance, and the fourth this season, with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He hit a career-best five 3-pointers, topping his previous best of four.

* Anderson extended his streak of consecutive games reaching double figures to eight, the most for a Frog since Garlon Green also went eight straight during the 2010-11 campaign.

* Devonta Abron also extended his career-long streak of double-digit efforts to four games with 10 points.

* Adrick McKinney finished with 10 rebounds, his fifth career double-digit effort and third this season.

* TCU attempted 15 more free throws than KSU, the 11th time in its 17 conference games it finished with more than the opponent.

TCU's fans will bid farewell Saturday to a four-man senior class composed of guard Nate Butler Lind and forwards Connell Crossland, Garlon Green and Adrick McKinney.

Butler Lind, Crossland and McKinney are concluding their second season with the program after transferring to TCU prior to the 2011-12 campaign. McKinney leads the team this season in rebounding and ranks third in scoring, while Crossland is fifth among Frogs in points and third in boards. Butler Lind has started 23 of the 29 contests in which he has played and ranks second on the team in assists and third in minutes played.

Green, the lone player on the roster to have played all four years for the Frogs, is the program's all-time leader in games played (126) and ranks No. 18 on the school's career scoring list with 1,118 points. He ranks second on the team this season in scoring with starts in all 30 contests.

Senior walk-on Andrew Whitthorne, a practice player and student manager this season, also will be recognized prior to Saturday's game.



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