TCU Returns to the Hardwood against Tulsa

Dec. 20, 2013

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Live Audio | TV: FOX Sports Southwest + | Game Notes | Buy Tickets


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will battle Tulsa Saturday morning at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Golden Hurricane will tip at 11:00 a.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 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. Chris Blake (Play-By-Play) and Herb Stephens (Color) will be on the airwaves.

The Opponent
Tulsa comes into Saturday's outing, boasting a 4-7 overall record after defeating Grand Canyon, 66-65. In their last outing, the Golden Hurricane's Lew Evans connected on three free throws in the final 26 seconds to give Tulsa the come-from-behind victory over the Antelopes. In all, the Golden Hurricane did not lead in the final 20 minutes until Evans sank three-straight at the charity stripe. On the season, James Woodard has carried the load for the Tulsa, averaging 13.6 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards a contest.  

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Golden Hurricane will battle for the 33rd time Saturday. Tulsa leads the all-time series, 21-11, and had won five-straight in the series before falling to the Frogs last month. The last time TCU defeated the Golden Hurricane at the DMC came during the 2001 season when the Frogs won 93-87 in overtime at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

We Meet Again
Last month, TCU had three players score in double-figures en route to a 72-65 victory over Tulsa in semifinal action of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Horned Frogs, who led by as many as 18 in the second half, found their 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. 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. Not to be outdone, fellow freshman Karviar Shepherd for a second-straight night led TCU on the glass with 10 boards. 

TCU Headlines
• TCU has won seven out of its last eight games and three-straight heading into Saturday.
• TCU moved to 14-1 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU moved to 6-0 this season when leading at the half.
• TCU is 4-0 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• TCU scored a season-high in points Thursday against Grambling State.
• The Frogs scored over 90 points for the first time since recording 92 points against San Diego State in 2012.
Kyan Anderson has now scored in double-figures in four-straight games.
• Anderson posted his eighth 20-point game of his career Thursday.
• Anderson scored in double-figures for the 37th time in his career.
• Freshman Michael Williams recorded his first career start Thursday.
• Williams posted a new career-high 13 points Thursday.
• Williams recorded his third double-figure scoring game Thursday.
Karviar Shepherd posted his second-straight game of double-figure points.
• Shepherd recorded a new career-high Thursday night in points with 12. 

Setting The Record Straight
Junior Kyan Anderson set the court on fire Thursday night, scoring 17-consecutive points in the middle of the first half against Grambling State. With the score 14-13 in favor of the Frogs, Anderson outscored the Tigers all on his own, 15-5. Prior to Thursday night, the Fort Worth native's longest run was 12-straight points last season against Houston in the second half. 

Anderson's Runs
• 17 (12/19/13 vs. Grambling State)
• 12 (12/4/12 vs. Houston)
• 7 (11/28/13 at Alaska-Anchorage) 

Did You Know
Kyan Anderson has now scored in double-figures in four-straight games and will look to better his previous career-high of nine-straight regular-season games of double-figure digits set last season. He will look to post the best mark since former Frog Zvonko Buljan went 11-straight games in double-figures in 2009-10. 

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 5-0 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 

20-Point Games
Junior Kyan Anderson scored a season-high 27 points against Grambling State, marking the ninth time in his career that the Fort Worth native has scored 20 or more points. Under head coach Trent Johnson, the Frogs have had a player go for 20 or more points in 11 different outings, which has now happened three times this season. Anderson is joined by Charles Hill Jr. and former Frog Garlon Green as the only TCU student-athletes to score 20 or more points under Johnson's watch.  

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 92 rebounds on the season after only nine games, needs only 36 more rebounds to better Thomas' total number of rebounds during his first two years on campus.

Get To The Half
TCU moved to 6-0 on the season when leading at halftime after scoring a 45-31 intermission lead vs. Grambling State. This continued an impressive trend under second-year head coach Trent Johnson. During his two years on campus, the Frogs are 14-1 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 53.4 percent from the field, while holding Grambling State to 32.4 percent from the floor. Not only is TCU now 18-1 under Trent Johnson and 7-0 this season when out-shooting its opponent, but the Frogs have scored over 70 points this season six 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 10 outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their nine opponents by a combined score of 88-50 in the first four minutes of action.

Up Next
TCU will next be in action Sunday, Dec. 29 against Texas Southern.  



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