Dec. 3, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program will continue life on the road Thursday night at Mississippi State inside Humphrey Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs' contest against the Bulldogs, which is part of the Big12/SEC Challenge, will tip at 6:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on ESPNU with Tom Hart (Play-By-Play) and Carolyn Peck (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the contest against Mississippi State 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. Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) will be on the airwaves.
Mississippi State heads into Thursday's showdown with a 5-1 record for first-year head coach Rick Ray. In their last outing, the Bulldogs defeated Loyola-Chicago in overtime, 65-64. On Monday, sophomore Craig Sword, who leads MSU on the season in scoring with an average of 12.7 points per game, was named the Co-SEC Player of the Week after dropping 12 and 24 points against Jackson State and the Ramblers, respectively. In all, Mississippi State is undefeated at home this season and hasn't lost at Humphrey Coliseum in seven games since falling to Vanderbilt last February.
The Horned Frogs and Bulldogs will battle for the third time in program history Thursday. The series is currently tied at 1-1 and the two teams haven't met since TCU suffered a 64-60 setback to MSU in Starkville during the 1990 season.
TCU has won four out of its last five games and is 2-0 on the road heading into Thursday night.
After totaling 20 assists against Alaska-Anchorage, the Frogs came back and dished out 19 assists versus Tulsa.
TCU is 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 saw his first action of the season against Washington State last week.
Fields recorded a team-high 16 points against the Cougars, while also recording the game-winning block.
Fields had scored in double-figures in three-straight games prior to the Frogs game against Harvard.
Fields scored a season-high 17 points against Tulsa and was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game.
Junior Kyan Anderson and Amric Fields were named to the all-tournament team in Anchorage.
Anderson is coming off a 20-point outing against Harvard, who is receiving votes in both national polls.
Karviar Shepherd recorded back-to-back outings of 10 or more rebounds against Alaska-Anchorage and Tulsa.
Hudson Price saw his first action versus Tulsa since the season-opener against SMU.
The Game After
If recent history suggests anything, TCU should be in good shape against Mississippi State Thursday. Since 2010, the Purple and White have never lost the game directly following a regular-season tournament, going 3-0. In the three outings, the Horned Frogs have averaged 73.7 points per game, while holding the opposition to 65.3 points per contest.
Junior Kyan Anderson scored a season-high 20 points in his last outing against Harvard, marking the eighth time in his career that the Fort Worth native has scored 20 or more points. The last time Anderson hit 20 or more points came last season at Kansas State when he tallied 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Under head coach Trent Johnson, the Frogs have had a player go for 20 or more points in nine different outings.
Could History Repeat
By scoring 20 points against Harvard, Kyan Anderson will look to follow an impressive trend he set a year ago to end the month of November. The junior went off for three-straight games of 20 or more points heading into the first week of December, which included a career-high of 35 against UAB on Nov. 24. Time will tell if Anderson can duplicate the same success this season.
Freshman Karviar Shepherd has already totaled more points and rebounds in his first season than former Frog and NBA great Kurt Thomas did in 12 games during his first year in Fort Worth. Shepherd who has 57 rebounds on the season after only seven games, needs only 71 more rebounds to better Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus.
TCU has not been playing with a full deck this season. Of the 16 players listed on TCU's roster, six players have had to sit out games for the Frogs this season due to injury or NCAA transfer rules. In all, Devonta Abron, Aaron Durley, Amric Fields and Hudson Price have all missed time because of injury this season. Both Abron and Durley are out for the year. If you add that TCU is without the services of transfers Trey Zeigler and Chris Washburn due to NCAA transfer rules, the Frogs haven't played any of their seven games this season with their full roster. The Purple and White are missing a total of 1,705 points and 860 rebounds from the four guys who won't play this season in Abron, Durley, Washburn and Zeigler.
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 last 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.
Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently ranks third in the Big 12 in free throw shooting percentage at 70.9 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After seven games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 126 times, while shooting 60 percent (76-of-126) from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 127-of-179 from the charity stripe after seven games.
TCU will return home to face Texas-Pan American at 1:00 p.m. CT on Dec. 15.