TCU Set For Championship Game Against Harvard

Nov. 30, 2013

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Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 | 11:30 p.m. CT | Anchorage, Alaska | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - Fresh off its 72-65 victory over Tulsa Friday night, the TCU men's basketball program will battle Harvard for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Championship Saturday at Sullivan Arena. The Horned Frogs' game against the Crimson will tip at 11:30 p.m. CT and be shown 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 Harvard 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
Harvard comes into Saturday's showdown with a 6-1 record after dropping Green Bay in semifinal action Friday night, 76-64. The Crimson, who are receiving votes in both national polls, were led by Laurent Rivard's five three-pointers and Wesley Saunders' team-high 20 points and seven rebounds. Harvard, who is coached by Tommy Amaker, is coming off a season in which they advanced to the NCAA Third Round. 

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Crimson will battle for the first time in program history late Saturday night. TCU head coach Trent Johnson is 1-0 all-time against Harvard, defeating the Crimson while coaching at Stanford in 2007, 111-56. 

A Little Ivy
Even though TCU and Harvard have never met on the hardwood, the Horned Frogs are 2-3 all-time against Ivy League schools, having defeated Columbia and Princeton. TCU's last game against an Ivy League school came during the 2000 season when the Purple and White defeated the Tigers, 76-45. In all, the Frogs' two victories have come in their last three outings against Ivy League foes. 

TCU Headlines (Tulsa Game)
• TCU won its fourth-straight game Friday.
• After totaling 20 assists against Alaska-Anchorage, the Frogs came back and dished out 19 assists versus Tulsa.
• TCU is now 11-1 under head coach Trent Johnson when leading at the half.
• TCU is 3-0 this season when leading at the half.
Amric Fields posted his third-straight game in double-figures.
• Fields scored a season-high 17 points.
• Fields was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game.
Charles Hill Jr. tallied a season-high 10 points.
• Hill Jr. was named the CBS Sports Network Mighty Moose Player of the Game.
• Hill Jr. recorded a season-high eight shot attempts Friday.
Karviar Shepherd has now recorded back-to-back outings of 10 or more rebounds.
Hudson Price saw his first action since the season-opener against SMU. 

Tournament Championship
TCU will play Harvard in the finals Saturday night in Anchorage. During regular-season action, the Frogs last played in a tournament final during the 2001-02 season against now conference foe Oklahoma State at the Las Vegas Classic. The Cowboys, who were rated No. 15 in the national polls at that time, defeated the Purple and White, 95-77. The Frogs went 3-1 last season at the South Padre Island Invitational. Junior Kyan Anderson was named to the South Padre Island Invitational All-Tournament Team. 

Going Way Back
TCU will look to go 3-0 at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Saturday. The last time TCU went 3-0 and claimed a regular-season tournament title came at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico during the 1991-92 season. The Purple and White defeated Iowa State (53-52), Tennessee (71-57) and Eastern Kentucky (54-48). TCU's last regular-season tournament title came during the 1997-98 season when the Frogs won the TCU Tournament in Fort Worth after garnering wins over Mississippi Valley State and Baylor. 

Climbing The Mountain
TCU has won four-straight games heading into Saturday's game against Harvard. 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. 

The Difference
In TCU's four victories this season a trend has become noticeable in that the Frogs have held three out of the four opponents to below 39.9 percent from the field. TCU is now 10-2 under head coach Trent Johnson when doing so. Tulsa shot 40 percent Friday night, just missing the percentage.

Get To The Half
TCU moved to 3-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 31-22 intermission lead against Tulsa. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are 11-1 when leading at the break. TCU's only loss during that stretch came last January after leading Baylor 22-21 at the break.

Second Half Success
In its first six outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their six opponents by a combined score of 56-28 in the first four minutes of action.

Last Time Out
TCU had three players score in double-figures Friday night en route to a 72-65 victory over Tulsa in semifinal action of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

With the win, the Horned Frogs, now 4-2 on the season, won their fourth-straight contest and advanced to Saturday's championship against Harvard. The Purple and White will close out play in Anchorage at 11:30 p.m. CT Saturday night at Sullivan Arena.

TCU, who led by as many as 18 in the second half, found its groove midway through the opening frame of play, going on a 16-4 run to break the game wide open. The Golden Hurricane tried to rally late, but the Frogs held on down the stretch with some timely baskets and all-out hustle on the defensive end of the court.

Junior Amric Fields, who was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game, led the way for TCU, scoring a season-high 17 points on 6-of-10 from the field. By scoring in double-figures, Fields has now posted three-straight double-figure scoring games. Charles Hill Jr. was also in double-digits with a season-high 10 points, while Brandon Parrish rounded out TCU's notable scorers with 15 points on 6-of-10 from the field. The freshman has now scored in double-figures in five out of six games on the season.

Not to be outdone, fellow freshman Karviar Shepherd for a second-straight night led TCU on the glass with 10 boards. With his 10-board outing, Shepherd has now posted back-to-back games of 10 or more rebounds.

Up Next
TCU will continue life on the road at Mississippi State on Thursday, Dec. 5.  


 

 


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