Nov. 28, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program will continue action at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Friday versus Tulsa at Sullivan Arena. The Horned Frogs' game against the Golden Hurricanes will tip at 8:30 p.m. CT 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 Tulsa 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.
Tulsa comes into Friday's showdown with a 1-4 overall record after defeating Indiana State Wednesday, 63-62. Against the Sycamores, James Woodard nailed a three with 8.3 seconds left to help the Golden Hurricanes capture their first win of the season. Woodard led the way for Tulsa against Indiana State with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 from the floor. On the season, the Golden Hurricanes have fallen to Oral Roberts, Missouri State, Wichita State and Creighton. Both the Shockers and Bluejays are ranked in the Top-25.
The Horned Frogs and Golden Hurricanes will battle for the 32nd time Friday afternoon. Tulsa leads the all-time series, 21-10, and has won five-straight in the series. The last time TCU defeated the Golden Hurricanes came during the 2001 season when the Frogs won 93-87 in overtime at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Get To Know Each Other
TCU and Tulsa will play for a second-time this season on Dec. 21 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. CT from Fort Worth.
TCU Headlines (Alaska-Anchorage Game)
TCU won its third-straight game Wednesday.
TCU totaled 20 assists against the Seawolves, which also happened in a 70-67 victory over Oklahoma last March.
Kyan Anderson scored in double-figures for the third time this season and 33rd time in his career.
Anderson tallied a new career-high nine assists against Alaska-Anchorage.
Amric Fields posted his second-straight game of 16 points.
Jarvis Ray has now scored in double-figures in four-straight contests.
Brandon Parrish has now scored in double-figures in four out of five games this season.
Karviar Shepherd posted career-highs in blocks (4) and rebounds (12) Wednesday.
TCU will either play at 9:00 p.m. CT or 11:30 p.m. CT Saturday depending on the its outcome against Tulsa. The Frogs will play either Pepperdine, Green Bay, Denver or Harvard. Please note that the time zone difference is three hours forward between central time zone and Alaska. No matter what, TCU will play on CBS Sports Network Saturday night.
Climbing The Mountain
TCU has won three-straight games heading into Friday's game against Tulsa. The Horned Frogs won three in-a-row last season to end the month of December. Since 2000, the Purple and White's longest winning streak is six games, which came during the 2008-09 campaign. TCU's longest winning streak in school history is 16 games, which happened during the 1997-98 season.
In TCU's three victories this season a trend has become noticeable in that the Frogs have held all three opponents to below 39.9 percent from the field. TCU is now 10-2 under head coach Trent Johnson when doing so.
A Quartet Of Scoring
TCU had four players score in double-figures against Alaska-Anchorage with Kyan Anderson (17), Amric Fields (16), Jarvis Ray (15) and Brandon Parrish (11) tallying 59 of the Horned Frogs' 73 points. TCU has now done that feat twice this season having done so against Longwood in the Frogs second game of the season. Under Trent Johnson, TCU is 3-1 when having a quartet score in double-figures.
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 this past 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.
TCU came 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 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.
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 14-1 under Trent Johnson when out-shooting its opponent, but the Frogs have scored over 70 points this season three times, which already outdoes the total number of times the Purple and White scored over 70 in 32 games a year ago.
Second Half Success
In its first five outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their five opponents by a combined score of 50-21 in the first four minutes of action.
Next Time Out
TCU will continue action in Alaska Saturday, Nov. 30 in either the championship game or third-place contest depending on its outcome against Tulsa.