TCU Battles Baylor Wednesday in Kansas City

March 9, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 8:30 p.m. CT | Kansas City, Mo. | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 10 seeded TCU will open the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship versus No. 7 seeded Baylor Wednesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Bears will tip at 8:30 p.m. CT and be shown live on the Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the game versus Baylor 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.

The Opponent
Baylor comes into postseason play riding a three-game winning streak after defeating K-State in its last outing, 76-74. The Bears, who are 21-10 overall and wrapped-up conference play with a 9-9 mark, have been led by Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin, both of which earned All-Big 12 recognition Sunday afternoon. Jefferson, a third-team selection, has carried Baylor, averaging 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Austin, a member of the all-defensive team as well as an honorable mention honoree, is averaging 10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and a Big 12-best 3.1 blocks per game.

The Series
TCU and Baylor will be playing for the 173rd time in the all-time series Wednesday. The Bears own a 91-81 all-time advantage after defeating the Frogs twice this season. The last time TCU defeated Baylor came in a 72-64 victory in 2002. In all, the Frogs have won four out of the last eight in the series. 

Conference Tournament History vs. Baylor
Since conference tournament play began for the Southwest Conference in 1976, TCU and Baylor have met four times in a conference tournament. The Horned Frogs have won two out of the four outings, including the last time the two Texas foes met in 1992 at the SWC Postseason Classic XVII. On the day, the Purple and White dropped the Bears, 62-55.

Other Conference Tournament Notes
• TCU has posted a 19-36 record in conference tournament games. The Frogs' all-time records by conference tournament: Southwest Conference (1976-96: 10-20), WAC (1997-2001: 5-5), Conference USA (2002-05: 2-3), Mountain West (2006-12: 2-7) and Big 12 (2013-present: 0-1).

• TCU has reached the championship game of a conference tournament on two occasions. The first time was in the 1983 SWC Tournament, where it dropped a 62-59 decision to the Houston squad that fell to NC State in the NCAA title game. The Frogs' last appearance came in the 1997 WAC Tournament, where they fell to a Keith Van Horn-led Utah, 89-68.

Trent Johnson is 12-13 in conference tournaments. Johnson led Nevada to the 2004 WAC tourney title. His 2003 Wolf Pack squad finished runner-up, as did his Stanford team at the 2008 Pac-10 tournament. Johnson's all-time records by conference tournament: Big West (Nevada, 2000: 1-1), WAC (Nevada, 2001-04: 6-3), Pac-10 (Stanford, 2005-08: 3-4), SEC (LSU, 2009-12: 2-4) and Big 12 (0-1).

Staggering Numbers
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 five 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 last week.

TCU Headlines
• 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 30 opponents to under 70 points.
• All-Conference honoree Kyan Anderson has scored in double-figures in 13-straight games.
• With 1,166 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, TCU will be left with one player who checks in at taller than 6-foot-7.
Jarvis Ray tallied his second-straight double-double at Texas.
• Ray recorded double-digits in points for a fifth-straight conference game against Oklahoma.

Anderson Honored By Big 12
Junior guard Kyan Anderson was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Sunday afternoon. 

Anderson, a Fort Worth native, closed out league play ranking No. 9 in both scoring and assists after averaging 17.3 points per game and 3.78 assists per contest, respectively. He also ranked in the top-5 during conference action in free throw percentage (No. 3), 3-point field goal percentage (No. 4) and minutes played (No. 4).

In 18 games, Anderson scored in double-figures in 16 of the 18 contests, including seven games of 20 or more points. He also dished out five or more assists in five league games.

He's In Shape
Simply put, Kyan Anderson, a junior from Fort Worth, single-handedly kept the Frogs in the game at Texas 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).

Ray Rolling On
Since junior Amric Fields hasn't been able to go, senior Jarvis Ray has stepped up his production in the last five games. Ray, who is coming off an 18-point performance versus Oklahoma after posting his second-straight career double-double at Texas, is averaging 12.4 points per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor in the five games. He is also averaging 7.4 rebounds a contest since Fields' departure.

Second Half Success
In 30 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 200-187 in the first four minutes of action.

Inside The Last Five Minutes 
A recent trend has become noticeable during the Horned Frogs' 30 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 21 losses, the Frogs have never led under the five-minute mark. 

Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently ranks second in the Big 12 and 59th nationally in free throw shooting percentage at 73.5 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After 30 games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 598 times, while shooting 59.6 percent (357-of-598) from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 507-of-690 from the charity stripe and is coming off a perfect 13-for-13 showing against Oklahoma. 



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