TCU Ready For Thursday Night Tilt At DMC

Dec. 17, 2013

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU is set to take on Grambling State Thursday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Tigers will tip at 7:00 p.m. CT and be shown live on FOX College Sports with Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) calling the action live.  

Fans not able to attend the contest against Grambling 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. Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play) and Herb Stephens (Color) will be on the airwaves. 

The Opponent
Grambling State, now 1-4, comes into Thursday night's contest fresh off an 83-75 victory over Central Baptist College. In their last outing, the Tigers were carried by A'Torri Shine who posted a game-high 27 points on 7-of-12 from the floor, which included an 11-of-15 showing at the charity stripe. Antwan Scott also had a solid outing, scoring 19 points, while grabbing five boards in only his second game of the season. GSU has been paced this season offensively by Shine who is averaging 20.2 points per game, while shooting 43 percent from the floor.  

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Tigers will battle for the 11th time in program history Thursday night. TCU currently leads the all-time series, 10-0. Prior to an 85-53 victory in Fort Worth two years ago, the Frogs hadn't played Grambling State since the 2007 campaign. 

A Closer Look
If recent trends mean anything, TCU should be in good shape Thursday night against Grambling State. In the Frogs' 10 outings against the Tigers, the Purple and White are averaging 95.5 points per game, while limiting GSU to only 72.9 points a contest. TCU's highest point total came in 1999 when the Frogs rolled up a final score of 143-110, which is still the second-highest scoring output in school history. 

TCU Headlines
• TCU has won six out of its last seven games and two-straight heading into Thursday.
• TCU moved to 13-1 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU moved to 5-0 this season when leading at the half.
• TCU is 4-0 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• Kyan Anderson has now scored in double-figures in three-straight games.
• Anderson posted his second-consecutive game of 16 points.
• Shepherd scored a career-high 11 points Sunday.
• Shepherd posted his second-straight game of double-digit rebounds Sunday.
• Shepherd recorded his first career double-double.
• Shepherd tallied a career-high five blocks Sunday.
• Shepherd recorded a career-high five field goals Sunday.
• Brandon Parrish totaled a new career-high six rebounds Sunday. 

The Holiday Season
Since the 2009-10 season, TCU has only lost three times in its final two games prior to the holiday break. All three losses have come on the road. The Frogs are 4-0 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 

The Last Time
Karviar Shepherd posted the first double-double in 376 days for head coach Trent Johnson Sunday night. The last player to record a double-double for Johnson was former Frog Adrick McKinney who tallied 10 points and 20 boards against Houston. Shepherd also totaled five blocks against the Broncs, which hadn't happened since former Frog Alvardo Parker swatted away five shots versus Colorado State during the 2006-07 season.    

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. 

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 84 rebounds on the season after only nine games, needs only 44 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 six victories this season a trend has become noticeable in that the Frogs have held four out of the six opponents to below 39.9 percent from the field. TCU is now 11-2 under head coach Trent Johnson when doing so. Tulsa shot 40 percent, while Mississippi State totaled 42.9 percent from the floor. 

A Quartet Of Scoring
TCU had four players score in double-figures against UTPA with Kyan Anderson (16), Jarvis Ray (12), Karviar Shepherd (11) and Brandon Parrish (10) tallying 49 of the Horned Frogs' 57 points. TCU has now done that feat three times this season having done so against Longwood and Alaska-Anchorage. Under Trent Johnson, TCU is 4-1 when having a quartet score in double-figures.  

Get To The Half
TCU moved to 5-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 25-23 intermission lead vs. UTPA. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are 13-1 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 17-1 under Trent Johnson and 6-0 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 nine outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their nine opponents by a combined score of 76-44 in the first four minutes of action. 

Up Next
TCU will battle Tulsa on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. CT. 



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