TCU Returns to the Hardwood in Alaska

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 | 1:00 a.m. CT (Thursday) | Anchorage, Alaska | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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Nov. 26, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program will open the first round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Wednesday versus host Alaska-Anchorage at Sullivan Arena. Due to the time difference, the Horned Frogs' game against the Seawolves will actually tip at 1:00 a.m. CT early Thursday morning and be shown live on CBS Sports Networks with Brent Stover (Play-By-Play) and Pete Gillen (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Alaska-Anchorage 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. 

The Opponent
Alaska-Anchorage comes into Wednesday's contest with a 5-1 overall record after defeating Holy Names in its last outing, 90-73. The Seawolves are currently ranked No. 21 in the NABC's NCAA Division II national poll and have won three-straight coming into Wednesday's showdown. Individually, Travis Thompson has carried the load for Alaska-Anchorage, averaging 23.3 points per game, while shooting almost 50 percent from the field. Teancum Stafford has also excelled, scoring 17.0 point per contest and grabbing 7.5 boards a game.

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Seawolves will battle on the hardwood for the third time in program history Wednesday. The series is currently tied at 1-1, but the two teams haven't met since the 1996 season. TCU downed Alaska-Anchorage on Jan. 3, 1996, 124-78. In the program's only other meeting, the Seawolves defeated the Horned Frogs during the 1995 season in Anchorage, 89-78.  

Tournament Breakdown
TCU will open the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Wednesday versus host Alaska-Anchorage. Following their game against the Seawolves, the Purple and White will return to the court to face either Indiana State or Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 29 at Sullivan Arena. Other teams set to play in Anchorage include Pepperdine, Green Bay, Denver and Harvard. Please note that the time zone difference is three hours forward between central time zone and Alaska. 

He's Back
Well it didn't take long for junior Amric Fields to make his return to the court a successful one. In his first action back in over a year, Fields led TCU to an exciting 64-62 victory over Washington State Sunday night at Beasley Coliseum. Fields, who put an exclamation point on his return with a game-saving block with two second left in the game, made his presence felt from the moment he stepped onto the court. The junior, who hadn't played since last November, entered the contest at the 16:06 mark of the opening frame of play and the Frogs proceeded to go on a 14-0 run. During the run, Fields, who tied his previous career-high with seven boards, scored seven of TCU's 14 points. On the night, Fields scored a season and team-high 16 points on 7-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

Defensive intensity
TCU comes into the Great Alaska Shootout, having won two-straight contests over the likes of Abilene Christian and Washington State. During those two outings, the Frogs have turned up their defensive pressure. On Sunday, WSU didn't score for over 10 minutes of action in the first half and couldn't handle the Frogs relentless pressure, going 0-for-14 from the field. This continued an impressive trend as TCU didn't allow ACU to score for almost five minutes of action during the beginning stages of the second half. 

An Adventure
Starting with this past 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 2-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 36-25 intermission lead against Washington State. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are 10-1 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 55 percent from the field, while holding Washington State to 36.5 percent from the floor this past Sunday. Not only is TCU now 13-1 under Trent Johnson when out-shooting its opponent, but the Frogs have scored over 70 points this season twice, 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 four outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their four opponents by a combined score of 34-15 in the first four minutes of action. During the second half alone, TCU has scored 27 more points as a team. 

Ray Showing Signs
Senior Jarvis Ray, who currently ranks second on the team in scoring, is starting to show what he can do when fully healthy, averaging 14.5 points per game after four contests. Ray, who has only played in a total of 53 games during his career, tallied a new career and game-high 18 points in his last home outing against Abilene Christian. The Louisiana native has now scored in double-figures in three-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. 

Ray has shot over 50 percent in every outing this year and is shooting 63.6 percent overall this season. He has scored 15 points or more in each of the past three contests.

Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently leads the Big 12 in free throw shooting percentage at 72.6 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After four games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 77 times, while shooting 58.4 percent from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 82-of-123 from the charity stripe after four games. Individually, Kyan Anderson had hit on 15-straight prior to his miss with 28 seconds left against ACU. The junior helped seal the Horned Frog victory at Washington State, drilling four-straight in the closing seconds.

Last Time Out
Junior Amric Fields led TCU to an exciting 64-62 victory over Washington State Sunday night at Beasley Coliseum.

On the night, Fields scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Kyan Anderson, who closed out the game scoring eight of the Frogs final 12 points, also chipped in with 16 points on 5-of-8 from the field, which included going 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Senior Jarvis Ray rounded out TCU's double-digit scorers Sunday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 from the floor. With his 16-point outing, Ray posted his third-straight double-digit scoring output this season.

With Fields stealing the show in the first half, Anderson put the finishing touches on a game that saw several momentum changes With 14 seconds left and the game tied at 62-62, Anderson calmly stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws. 

Up Next
TCU will continue action in Anchorage on Friday, Nov. 29 against either Indiana State or Tulsa.  



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