TCU Closes Non-Conference Slate Sunday

Dec. 27, 2013

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Radio Network: TCU Sports Network
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will put the finishing touches on its non-conference schedule Sunday against Texas Southern at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' contest against the Tigers 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 Texas Southern 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
Texas Southern comes into the DMC boasting a 4-7 overall record after defeating Temple in its last outing, 90-89. West Virginia transfer Aaric Murray led the Tigers, scoring a game-high 48 points on 20-of-28 from the field, which are the most points scored in a single-game in the NCAA this season. For his efforts, Murray was named the Lute Olson National Player of the Week.

On the season, Texas Southern, who has won two out its last four, has been led by Murray who is averaging 24.5 points per game and 7.0 rebounds. Jose Rodriguez has also been solid, scoring 14.3 points per contest, while grabbing 6.4 boards a game.   

The Series
The Horned Frogs and Tigers will be meeting on the hardwood for only the third time in program history Sunday. The series is currently tied at 1-1 and the two Texas schools haven't met since the 2007-08 season. TCU won the last outing in Fort Worth, 83-59.

The Final Chapter
Since the 2006-07 season, TCU is 4-3 overall in its final non-conference game. The Frogs' only losses during that stretch came to SMU (2011), Rice (2010) and Texas (2007). In all, the Frogs are averaging 66.7 points per game in the seven contests.

Non-Conference Success
TCU posted a 9-4 mark in non-conference play a year ago and will look to capture its ninth non-conference win Sunday against Texas Southern. The Horned Frogs' .692 final non-conference winning percentage in 2012 marked their best figure since going 10-4 (.714) in 2004-05. TCU, who is 4-1 at home this season, went 7-2 in non-conference at the DMC a year ago. TCU has finished with a winning non-conference record each season since 2005-06.

He's Heating Up
Junior Kyan Anderson has started to heat up, scoring back-to-back games of 27 and 25 points, respectively. On Sunday, Anderson will look to duplicate the success he had midway through the non-conference schedule last winter. Against the likes of UAB, Houston and Southern Utah, the Fort Worth native posted games of 35, 21 and 20 points, respectively.  With his back-to-back outings, the Fort Worth native has now scored 20 or more points nine times in his career. 

In the last five outings, he is averaging 20.8 points, while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor and 87.5 percent from the line.

Climbing The Mountain
TCU has won four-straight games heading into its game against Texas Southern. 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.

What's Coming
A quick glance at the national polls show that TCU's schedule is about to get a lot more difficult as six conference foes are currently ranked or receiving votes in both polls. The Big 12 also boasts the No. 1 RPI among all conferences and has posted a 91-24 non-conference mark this season, which include eight victories over top 25 non-conference opponents. 

TCU Headlines
• TCU is 14-1 when leading at the half under head coach Trent Johnson.
• TCU is 6-0 this season when leading at the half.
• TCU is 4-0 this season when Karviar Shepherd grabs double-digit rebounds.
• TCU shot a season-high 87 percent from the charity stripe in its last outing against Tulsa
• The Horned Frogs have won four-straight heading into Sunday.
• TCU has won eight out of its last nine games.
• Kyan Anderson posted his second-straight game of 20 or more points in his last outing.
• Anderson has now scored in double-figures in five-straight games.
• Anderson recorded his ninth 20-point game of his career against Tulsa.
• Anderson posted his 38th game of double-figure scoring versus Tulsa.
• Brandon Parrish scored a career-high 17 points against Tulsa.
• Parrish also collected new career-highs in rebounds (6) and field goal attempts (13).
• Jarvis Ray recorded a career-high nine rebounds in his last outing.
• Thomas Montigel logged a season-high 20 minutes against Tulsa.

Common Trends
TCU goes into Sunday having won eight out its last nine games. During that stretch, the Frogs have posted 10 or more assists in seven of the nine games. The only two games in which the Purple and White haven't shared the rock over 10 times came in their loss to Harvard (8) and at Mississippi State (7). 

TCU has held all but two opponents to 71 points or less, including six foes to 65 points or fewer. The Horned Frogs have also allowed only Longwood to shoot over 50 percent, holding the last three opponents to below 39 percent.

The Return
TCU is in the midst of a six-game homestand at the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and won't return to the road until Saturday, Jan. 11 at Baylor.  

The Difference
In TCU's eight victories this season a trend has become noticeable in that the Frogs have held six out of the eight opponents to below 39.9 percent from the field. TCU is now 13-2 under head coach Trent Johnson when doing so. Tulsa shot 40 percent, while Mississippi State totaled 42.9 percent from the floor. 

Up Next
TCU will open conference play at home against West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 




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