Preview: No. 12 Oklahoma


Dec. 28, 2017

#10/8 TCU Horned Frogs
(12-0)
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No. 12/12 Oklahoma Sooners
(10-1)
Dec. 30, 2017 | 1 PM | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena (6,800)

FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 10/8 TCU (12-0) will open Big 12 Conference play at home against No. 12/12 Oklahoma (10-1) Saturday at 1 p.m.

The game at Schollmaier Arena will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on 88.7 KTCU FM and 570 KLIF AM as well as FrogVision and the TuneIn app.

The Horned Frogs have won 17 consecutive games, the longest winning streak in the NCAA.

Storylines
- It is the first time a ranked TCU team has faced a ranked opponent at home since Feb. 21, 1998 when No. 15 TCU defeated No. 11 New Mexico 95-64.
- TCU was picked to finish third in the Big 12 after finishing tied for seventh last season. Both were program bests.
- The Frogs are looking for their first win in a Big 12 Conference opener (0-5).
- Oklahoma and TCU begin conference play first (95.1) and second (87.5), respectively, in scoring offense.
- TCU has won 17-straight games, a school record and the longest active streak in the nation.
- TCU has won 19 of its last 21 games.
- The Frogs are coming off an 86-75 win over William & Mary behind a season-high 23 points from Alex Robinson.
- Kenrich Williams did not play against William & Mary due to a knee injury.
- TCU is one of three unbeaten teams in NCAA DI, joining Arizona State and Villanova.
- TCU is ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25, its highest ranking in school history. TCU is No. 8 in the USA Today Poll.
- TCU is 44-16 all-time as a ranked team, including a 22-2 record at home.
- TCU’s 12-0 start to the season is second-best in school history behind the 13-0 start to the 2014-15 season.
- TCU leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage at 52.7.
- TCU ranks among the national leaders in assists (5th, 19.7), field goal percentage (2nd, 52.7), 3-point percentage (18th, 41.2) and scoring (12th, 87.5).
- After averaging 7.1 points as a freshman last season, Desmond Bane is averaging 12.7 points as a sophomore.
- Kenrich Williams has recorded six double-doubles and leads the team with 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds this season.
- Vladimir Brodziansky ranks fourth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 66.7.
- Brodziansky ranks fourth all-time at TCU in blocked shots with 137. He is 29 away from third and 34 away from the school-record of 171.
- TCU returned its top six scorers from last season’s team that went 24-15, finished tied for seventh in the Big 12 and won the NIT, including all five starters. It’s the first time Jamie Dixon has had a team with every starter returning from the year before.
- TCU returned 79 percent of its scoring and 79 percent of its rebounding from last season.
- One season after winning its first postseason tournament, TCU will try to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Since 1985, 58 percent of the teams that won the NIT made the NCAA Tournament the following season.

About the Opponent
- Oklahoma has won its last eight games including a 104-78 victory over Northwestern last time out on Dec. 22.
- The Sooners are led by freshman guard Trae Young, who leads the nation in points (28.7) and assists (10.4).
- Young was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Wednesday after averaging 28.5 points and 17 assists in two wins. His 22 assists against Northwestern State tied the NCAA record. OU’s Brady Manek was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
- Oklahoma’s biggest nonconference win was a 91-83 win at No. 3 Wichita State on Dec. 16.

About the Series
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series 17-4 including a 6-2 lead in games in Fort Worth.
- TCU went 2-1 against OU last season with wins coming in Fort Worth, 60-57, and Kansas City, 82-63.

Top 25 Ranking
TCU is ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for the fourth-straight week at No. 15. The Frogs debuted in this season’s rankings at No. 23 on Nov. 27. Prior to this season, TCU was last ranked on Dec. 22, 2014, coming in at No. 25 after sporting an 11-0 record at the time. TCU’s highest ranking this season was No. 14, its highest ranking since Feb. 23, 1998 when the Frogs were ranked 13th, the highest in school history.
- As a ranked team, TCU is 41-16 all-time, including 19-2 at home.
- TCU has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for four consecutive weeks. The school record for consecutive weeks in the poll is seven, which occurred during the 1958-59 season.
- When No. 20 TCU faced No. 22 Nevada in Los Angeles, it was the first time TCU faced a ranked team, while also ranked since March 6, 1998 when No. 20 New Mexico defeated No. 15 TCU 80-73 in the second round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
- TCU is one of four NCAA DI schools ranked in the Top 25 in football and men’s basketball joining Miami, Michigan State, Oklahoma and USC.

TCU vs. Top 25 Teams
- TCU is 17-147 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, including 11-45 at home.
- TCU was 1-7 against ranked teams last season with the win coming against No. 1 Kansas on March 9, 2017 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.
- TCU’s last win over a top 25 team at home came on Feb. 14, 2015, a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State at Wilkerson-Greines.
- TCU is 0-8 against top 25 teams in the Schollmaier Arena, which opened during the 2015-16 season.
- The last time a ranked TCU squad defeated a top 25 team was on Feb. 21, 1998 when No. 19 TCU beat No. 11 New Mexico, 95-64 in Fort Worth at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. It was also the last time a ranked TCU team played a ranked team at home.

Shooting and Scoring
- TCU leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the NCAA in field goal shooting (52.7%).
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 18th in the NCAA in 3-point shooting (41.2%).
- Over 60 percent of TCU’s field goals (380) were assisted (236), a percentage of 62.1. The Frogs rank second in the Big 12 and fifth in the NCAA in assists per game (19.7).
- TCU's offensive efficiency ranks 11th at 116.9 according to KenPom.com.
- TCU has scored over 90 points five times this season. It's the most times the Frogs have scored 90 or more in a season since the 2001-02 season when they did it 13 times.
- Desmond Bane ranks No. 3 nationally in field goal efficiency (73.6) and No. 8 in true field goal percentage (73.6) according to KenPom.com. Vladimir Brodziansky ranks No. 8 in field goal efficiency (72.2) and No. 11 in true shooting percentage (72.4).
- TCU has three among the top 15 in shooting percentage in the Big 12... 4. Vladimir Brodziansky - 66.7, 10. Desmond Bane - 58.4. 13. JD Miller - 54.5.
- TCU has three among the top seven in 3-point field goal percentage in the Big 12... 1. Desmond Bane - 52.9, 2. Kenrich Williams - 50.0, 7. Kouat Noi - 44.8.

Nation’s Longest Win Streak
TCU boasts the nation’s longest win streak, having won 17-straight games dating back to last season. The Frogs’ last lost came on March 10, 2017, against Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship. As of Saturday, TCU’s last loss was 295 days ago.
- TCU’s streak of 17 games is tied for the longest in school history with the 1997-98 season.
- TCU’s 12-straight wins this season are its most to start a season since the first 13 games of the 2014-15 season before finishing 18-15.
- TCU won 14 straight during the 1987-88 season, Jamie Dixon’s senior season as a player.
- During the 17-game streak, Kenrich Williams has produced 11 double-doubles and is averaging 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He has played in 16 of the 17 games.

Vlad 1K
Senior Vladimir Brodziansky is the 34th member of the 1,000 point club. At 1,030 points, the Slovakian 30th and 14 points behind Damion Walker for 29th on the all-time scoring list.

 

 

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