TCU Battles UTPA Sunday Afternoon

Dec. 12, 2013

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to the hardwood Sunday when it takes on Texas-Pan American inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Broncs, which is part of a double-header at the DMC, will tip at 1:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest with Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against UTPA 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
UTPA comes into Sunday's contest with a 4-7 record after falling to UTSA in its last outing, 72-65. Against the Roadrunners, Javorn Farrell tallied a team-high 16 points, while Shaquille Hines totaled 10 points and four rebounds. The Broncs have lost three-straight heading into Sunday, but have garnered victories over Tennessee Tech, Huston-Tillotson, Lamar and UTSA, respectively.  UTPA has been carried this season by Farrell who is averaging 16.4 points per game, while shooting 43 percent from the field. 

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Broncs will battle for the seventh time in program history Sunday. TCU leads the all-time series, 5-1, and have won four-straight in the series. In all, the Frogs haven't lost to UTPA since falling 75-68 in 1975.  

TCU Headlines
• TCU has won five out of its last six games and is 3-0 on the road.
• TCU moved to 12-1 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU moved to 4-0 this season when leading at the half.
• TCU is 3-0 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• Charles Hill Jr. has scored 10 or more points in two out of his last three games.
• Hill Jr. hit the 20-point mark for the first time in his career at Mississippi State.
• Hill Jr. recorded a new season and career-high last Thursday night at MSU.
• Shepherd posted his third game with over 10 boards this season last Thursday.
• Shepherd recorded a season and career-high 16 rebounds at Mississippi State.
• Shepherd fell one defensive rebound shy of tying the fifth-best defensive board performance in school history. 

Controlling The Glass
With his 16 rebound performance at Mississippi State, freshman Karviar Shepherd made some noise nationally as he posted the third-highest rebounding effort by a freshman this season in the NCAA. Only Rice's Sean Obi (19) and Missouri's Johnathan Williams III (17) have had more rebounds in a single-game than Shepherd. The Dallas native's 16 boards are the top-rebounding effort by a Big 12 freshman since Baylor's Isaiah Austin grabbed 20 against Oklahoma last January. In all, it was the fourth-highest rebounding mark in the Big 12 by a freshman since the 2009-10 season.  

Big 12 Top freshman rebounding performances:
20 - Isaiah Austin (12-13)
18 - Tiny Gallon (09-10)
17 - Isaiah Austin (12-13)
16 - Karviar Shepherd (13-14)
15 - Taurean Prince (12-13)
15 - Tristan Thompson (10-11)
15 - Andre Roberson (10-11)
14 - Isaiah Austin (12-13)
13 - Isaiah Austin (12-13)

On The Road Again
TCU has opened the road portion of its schedule in impressive fashion, going 3-0 against the likes of Washington State, Alaska-Anchorage and Mississippi State. The last time the Horned Frogs started a season 4-0 in true road games was 1937 when TCU upended Burleson Independent, Texas Tech (twice) and Trinity. 

King Of The Hill
Charles Hill Jr. had a career-game for the Horned Frogs against Mississippi State, scoring a new career-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, which included a 3-for-5 performance from deep. The sophomore set career-highs in points, field goals made and 3-point field goals made. In all, it was only his sixth double-figure game of his career and marked the first time he has led TCU in scoring.  

The Return
TCU will play its first home game Sunday since defeating Abilene Christian on Nov. 19, 71-64. Starting with Sunday's game, the Frogs will play six-straight at the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and won't return to the road until Saturday, Jan. 11 at Baylor.

Following Footsteps
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 73 rebounds on the season after only eight games, needs only 55 more rebounds to better Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus.  

What's Missing
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.

The Difference
In TCU's four victories this season a trend has become noticeable in that the Frogs have held three out of the five 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, while Mississippi State totaled 42.9 percent from the floor.

Get To The Half
TCU moved to 4-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 34-22 intermission lead at MSU. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are 12-1 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 45.5 percent from the field, while holding Mississippi State to 42.9 percent from the floor. Not only is TCU now 16-1 under Trent Johnson and 5-0 this season when out-shooting its opponent, but the Frogs have scored over 70 points this season five 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 eight outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their eight opponents by a combined score of 71-38 in the first four minutes of action.

Up Next
TCU will return to the court, Thursday, Dec. 19 against Grambling State. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.



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