March 12, 2013
KANSAS CITY -- TCU makes its inaugural appearance at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday when it faces No. 7 seed Texas at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Big 12 Network will televise the game live with an 8:30 p.m. tip-off.
The Horned Frogs (11-20 overall; 2-16 Big 12) enter the conference tournament as the bracket’s No. 10 seed. The squad has played some of its best basketball in the last week, including posting a 70-67 home win over Oklahoma in the regular-season finale to stop an eight-game skid. Prior to the win, the Frogs provided No. 9 Kansas State with a test last Tuesday in Manhattan, Kan., before falling by a 79-68 count.
Texas (15-16 overall; 7-11 Big 12) also enters this week’s tourney playing well, having climbed up to seventh in the final Big 12 standings thanks to four wins in its last six contests. The winner of Wednesday’s first-round game will advance to face second-seeded K-State in Thursday’s quarterfinals at 6 p.m.
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 Reid Gettys (color) 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 and Texas have met twice previously in postseason play. UT won both contests during Southwest Conference Tournaments in 1989 (93-89, ot) and 1994 (96-75).
* TCU’s overall field-goal percentage over the last two games was 52.1%. Prior to the past week, its top figure in Big 12 play was 45.7% (Feb. 19 vs. Texas). The squad was a combined 14-of-27 (51.9%) on 3-point tries in the last two contests.
* TCU has either won or matched the opponent for the rebounding battle in seven of its last nine games after doing so only three times in its first nine Big 12 contests.
* Kyan Anderson has scored in double figures in each of the last nine contests, the longest streak of his career and the best by a Frog since Zvonko Buljan went 11 straight in 2009-10.
* Anderson is averaging 14.7 ppg during his recent hot streak and has made 2.7 3’s per contest.
* Anderson is among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 3), steals (No. 6), assists (No. 8), 3-pointers (No. 9), 3-point field-goal percentage (No. 10), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10) and scoring (No. 14).
* Devonta Abron has averaged 12.7 ppg and a team-high 7.6 rpg during the past five contests while scoring in double figures four times.
* TCU ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 56 in the NCAA in scoring defense (62.3 ppg). The squad is No. 83 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 joined Baylor as the only teams with three players among the Big 12’s top-12 rebounders in conference play: Adrick McKinney (No. 9; 6.2 rpg), Abron (No. 11; 5.9 rpg) and Connell Crossland (No. 12; 5.8 rpg).
* TCU attempted 69 more free throws in Big 12 play than its opponents, an average margin of +3.8 pg. It took more attempts than the opponent in 11 of 18 conference games.
* TCU is 11-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-19 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 8-3 when shooting at least 45.0% overall and 8-1 when leading at the half.
* McKinney ranks tied for fifth in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding (2.4 rpg) and is fourth in league play (2.5 rpg).
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 14 of the last 25 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 128 and has made a team-high 109 straight appearances. He ranks No. 5 in program history in minutes played (3,249).
* Green needs just two points to pass 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 is tied for fifth in the Big 12 with eight career efforts.
* Crossland has scored in double figures six times in the last 13 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 95 of his 100 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 24.3 minutes in conference games after totaling just 29 minutes in non-conference.
* TCU has featured 11 different starting lineups this season.
Texas concluded the regular season at 15-16 overall and in seventh place in the Big 12 standings with a 7-11 league mark. The squad finished its schedule playing its best basketball of the year with four wins in its last six games. UT had five of its contests go to overtime.
Fifteenth-year head coach Rick Barnes returned seven letterwinners and two starters from last season’s team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-14 overall record. Texas finished sixth in the Big 12 regular-season standings with a 9-9 league mark. The Longhorns employ a young lineup this season that featured three freshman and two sophomore starters in their most recent outing.
Sophomore guard Myck Kabongo has returned to the lineup after missing the season’s opening 23 games and leads the squad in scoring average (15.8 ppg) and assists (5.3 apg). Sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan is the team’s top-ranked scorer in the Big 12 at No. 9 (14.1 ppg), while fellow sophomore guard Julien Lewis also averages double digits (10.4 ppg). Sophomore forward Jonathan Holmes tops the squad in rebounding at 5.8 rpg.
As a team, the Longhorns average 65.7 ppg, No. 8 in the Big 12. The squad is No. 1 in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (28.8%) and No. 2 in overall field-goal defense (38.4%) and blocked shots (4.8 bpg).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Texas will meet for the 167th time on the hardwood, which ranks No. 4 on the Frogs’ list of longest all-time series. The Longhorns own a 104-62 series lead, including 10 wins in the last 11 games, and have won six straight. Wednesday will mark the third time the teams have met in postseason play, with UT posting wins in Southwest Conference Tournaments in both 1989 (93-89, ot) and 1994 (96-75).
TCU vs. Texas – Last Five Meetings
Date * W/L * Score * Site
Jan. 13, 1996 * L * 88-103 * Austin
Feb. 11, 1996 * L * 81-102 * Fort Worth
Jan. 2, 2008 * L * 59-67 * Austin
Feb. 2, 2013 * L * 43-60 * Austin
Feb. 19, 2013 * L * 59-68 * Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: TEXAS 68, TCU 59
TCU put up one of its top shooting performances of Big 12 play but was unable to cool off Texas, as UT earned a sweep of the season series by downing the Frogs by a 68-59 count Feb. 19 in Fort Worth.
TCU made 45.7% of its shots, at the time its best rate since the start of league play, but Texas was just a bit better, making an even 50%. The Longhorns hit at nearly a 60% clip in the first half while building an eight-point lead at the break.
The Frogs turned their fortunes around in the second half after falling behind by as many as 12 points. The squad knotted the game up after holding the Horns to only two field goals in an eight-minute stretch. Nate Butler Lind tied the game up at 48-all on a pair of free throws with 8:43 left following a dunk by Connell Crossland on the previous possession.
Lammert took the game over for Texas from there, delivering nine of 12 UT points in just over three minutes to push the squad back in front by seven with 4:48 to play, 60-53. TCU was able to close back to within five at the two-minute mark, but a 3 by Demarcus Holland following a long UT possession with a minute to go ended up sealing the Frogs’ fate.
LAST TIME OUT: TCU 70, OKLAHOMA 67
TCU sent out its senior class the right way, holding off a furious charge by Oklahoma late to post a 70-67 home victory Saturday in the regular-season finale.
TCU led by as many as 25 points in the second half before watching its lead dwindle to as few as one with four-and-a-half minutes to play following a 22-3 OU run. Garlon Green, playing for the final time at the DMC, came up big for the Frogs in crunch time, first ending a seven-minute scoring drought with his fourth 3-pointer of the contest and then adding a slam on the fast break with just 19 seconds remaining.
Green’s final play gave the Frogs a five-point edge, but the Sooners were not done. The squad scored on back-to-back layups inside the final 20 seconds and had one final chance to tie following a pair of free throws by Kyan Anderson that pushed the lead back two three. Sam Grooms’ last-second 3-point attempt glanced off the rim for OU.
TCU-OKLAHOMA POSTGAME NOTES
* TCU won on Senior Day for the first time since 2006-07. The Frogs honored four seniors prior to the game: Nate Butler Lind, Connell Crossland, Garlon Green and Adrick McKinney.
* TCU shot 54.0% from the floor overall, its second straight game making at least half of its field-goal attempts.
* TCU’s 44 first-half points marked its most in an opening period this season.
* TCU set season highs in assists (20) and 3-pointers (eight). The squad is 14-of-27 on 3-point tries over the last two games.
Garlon Green led TCU in scoring for the ninth time this season while going a perfect 4-of-4 from outside the arc to set a career best in 3’s made.
TCU ALL-TIME IN CONFERENCE TOURNEYS
* TCU is still looking for its first postseason conference tournament championship. The squad has appeared in 36 previous tourneys, posting an 18-36 record.
* 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 Keith Van Horn-led Utah, 89-68.
* The only year the Frogs did not qualify for a conference tourney was the 2002-03 season, when it was a member of Conference USA.
* TCU’s all-time records by conference tournament: Southwest Conference (1976-96: 9-21), WAC (1997-2001: 5-5), Conference USA (2002-05: 2-3), Mountain West (2006-12: 2-7).
Trent Johnson IN CONFERENCE TOURNEYS
* Trent Johnson has led teams to conference tournaments all previous 13 seasons of his head-coaching career, totaling a 12-12 record with Nevada, Stanford and LSU.
* 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).