Nov. 22, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program hits the road this weekend when it travels to Washington State Sunday at Beasley Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. CT and will be shown live on Pac-12 Networks with Rich Waltz (Play-By-Play) and Lamar Hurd (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the contest against the Cougars 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. Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play) and Herb Stephens (Color) will be on the airwaves.
Washington State comes into Sunday's tilt with a 2-1 record after defeating CSU Bakersfield and Lamar in its two victories. In a 90-74 setback to Gonzaga Thursday, the Cougars shot 44.6 percent from the field and were led on the night by Ike Iroegbu's 20 points. On the season, Washington State has been carried by junior DaVonté Lacy who is averaging 21.0 point per game, while shooting almost 45 percent from the field.
The Horned Frogs and Cougars will battle on the hardwood for the third time in program history Sunday. The series is currently tied at 1-1, but the two teams haven't met since the 2003 season. WSU defeated TCU in Pullman, 73-52. A year earlier, the Frogs downed the Cougars at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 86-83.
Starting with Sunday's game at Washington State, the Frogs will close the month of November with four games away from the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. In all, TCU will travel a total of 9,627 miles to close out the month at Washington State and the Great Alaska Shootout. Following their trip to Anchorage, the Frogs will remain on the road at Mississippi State (Dec. 5) before coming home to take on UTPA Sunday, Dec. 15.
Get To The Half
TCU moved to 1-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 32-29 intermission lead against Abilene Christian. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are an impressive 9-1 when leading at the break. TCU's only loss during that stretch came last January after leading Baylor 22-21 at the break.
Shoot The Rock
TCU shot almost 46 percent from the field, while holding Abilene Christian to 38 percent from the floor this past Tuesday. Not only is TCU now 12-1 under Trent Johnson when out-shooting its opponent, but the Frogs scored over 70 points for a second-straight game, which already matches the total number of times the Purple and White scored over 70 in 32 games a year ago.
Second Half Success
In its first three outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their three opponents by a combined score of 32-12 in the first four minutes of action. During the second half alone, TCU has scored 35 more points as a team, compared to holding its opponent to only 17 more points in the second frame of play.
Ray Showing Signs
Senior Jarvis Ray, who currently leads the Frogs in scoring, is starting to show what he can do when fully healthy, averaging 14.0 points per game after three contests. Ray, who has only played in a total of 52 games during his career, tallied a new career and game-high 18 points in his last outing against Abilene Christian. The Louisiana native has now scored in double-figures in two-straight games. To put it into perspective, coming into this season Ray had only scored over 10 points in a single-game four times during his four-year career. He came into this season averaging 2.5 points per contest during his time in Fort Worth.
Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently leads the Big 12 in free throw shooting percentage at 73.1 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After three games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 56 times, while shooting 55.3 percent from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 68-of-93 from the charity stripe after two games. Individually, Kyan Anderson had hit on 15-straight prior to his miss with 28 seconds left against ACU.
Last Time Out
TCU had three players score in double-figures Tuesday night en route to a 71-64 victory over Abilene Christian at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs, now 1-2 on the season, were led by senior Jarvis Ray who scored a season and career-high 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field. He was followed by freshman Brandon Parrish who tallied a season-high 15 points on 7-of-11 from the floor. With his 15-point outing, the Arlington native has now scored in double-figures in three-straight games.
Finally, sophomore Christian Gore rounded out the Horned Frogs double-digit scorers Tuesday with a career-high 14 points. The El Paso native did most of his damage at the line, going 12-of-14, which were both career-highs.
TCU will remain on the road when it travels to Anchorage, Alaska for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaskan Shootout. The Frogs will take on host Alaska-Anchorage on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 1:00 a.m.