Feb. 15, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU travels north to Ames, Iowa, for its final regular-season meeting with Iowa State on Saturday at the Cyclones’ Hilton Coliseum. The matchup, which will be televised live by the Big 12 Network, is set to tip off at 12:47 p.m.
TCU (10-14 overall; 1-10 Big 12) heads to ISU looking to snap a two-game skid in addition to earning its first league road victory. The Horned Frogs dropped this year’s previous meeting with the Cyclones on Jan. 19 in Fort Worth, 63-50.
Iowa State (16-8; 6-5 Big 12) enters Saturday’s matchup in sole possession of sixth place in the Big 12 standings. The squad has dropped its last two games on the road, including an 89-86 double-overtime decision to Texas in Austin on Wednesday. It returns home to Hilton Coliseum, where it owns a perfect 13-0 mark this season and 20-game winning streak overall.
TCU and ISU will meet for only the eighth time on the hardwood and third time ever in Ames. The Frogs hold a 5-2 all-time edge in the series and are 1-1 at Hilton.
The Big 12 Network will televise the contest live on a regional basis on TXA-21 in the DFW area. Viewers located inside the Big 12 footprint but outside the Metroplex should check local listings for a carrier in their area. The contest will also be offered on ESPN3 to qualified cable subscribers and on a pay-per-view basis via ESPN Full Court. Chad McKee (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman (color) will serve as the TV tandem.
Brian Estridge (pxp) and John Denton (analyst) will handle the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in the DFW Metroplex on both 1460 KCLE AM and 88.7 FM KTCU. Live stats will be available for free online at Cyclones.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered at GoFrogs.com for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 31 in the NCAA in scoring defense (59.2 ppg). The squad is No. 16 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (110).
* TCU’s scoring defense average is nearly 13 points fewer per game than last season’s final figure (72.1 ppg) and would be the Frogs’ lowest since 1952-53 (56.0 ppg).
* TCU is 10-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-13 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 7-1 when posting a mark of at least 45.0% overall and 7-1 when leading at the half.
* TCU has attempted only 254 shots from 3-point range this year, which ranks 344th out of 347 NCAA Division I teams.
* Connell Crossland tops TCU in rebounding during Big 12 play (7.2 rpg). He ranks No. 6 in the Big 12 in total boards during conference action and No. 4 in offensive rebounding (2.8 rpg).
* Crossland is averaging just under a double-double over the last six games (10.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg) while shooting a team-best 59.0% from the floor. His 62 points (No. 2 on the team) and 55 rebounds (team-best) are career-best totals for a six-game stretch.
* Crossland has scored in double figures four times in the last six games. He had done so previously only twice in 50 career contests.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in steals (No. 6), minutes played (No. 6), assists (No. 9), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9) and scoring (No. 17).
* Adrick McKinney is 11th in the Big 12 in rebounding average (6.6 rpg) and 12th since the start of league play (6.4 rpg). He is tied for fifth in offensive boards in Big 12 games (2.7 rpg).
* McKinney has scored in double figures in eight of the last 16 games. He had done so only seven times in 40 career games entering the current stretch.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 11 of the last 18 games. He had paced the squad only five times previously in 37 career contests.
* Garlon Green has played in 102 straight games for TCU. He has climbed into the No. 5 spot on TCU’s career charts for games played (121) and No. 7 for minutes (3,026).
* Green will move into a tie for No. 4 on TCU’s games played list with Brent Hackett (2005-08) with his next appearance. He is only four games shy of matching the program record of 125 set by Femi Ibikunle (2004-07).
* Green has scored 20 points or more five times this season and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with eight career performances.
* Devonta Abron’s current field-goal percentage of 55.9% would rank as the ninth-best season in program history.
* Nate Butler Lind has matched his career scoring high of 10 points twice in the last five games.
* Anderson’s 35-point game Dec. 22 at Rice ranks as the top individual scoring performance by a Big 12 player this season.
* McKinney’s 20-rebound effort Dec. 4 vs. Houston is tied for the top Big 12 effort on the glass (Isaiah Austin, Baylor).
* Charles Hill Jr. has scored 49 of his 54 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 23.8 minutes in conference games after playing only 29 minutes total in non-conference.
* TCU has featured nine different starting lineups this season.
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* TCU has attempted 224 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 171 for its opponents, an average margin of +4.8 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in seven of 11 conference games, including each of the last three.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
Iowa State enters Saturday’s game at 16-8 overall and sixth place in the Big 12 standings with a 6-5 league mark. The squad has dropped its last two games on the road but is a perfect 13-0 this season when playing at home.
Third-year head coach Fred Hoiberg guides a Cyclones group that returned seven letterwinners and two starters from last season’s team that finished fifth in the Big 12 (23-11 overall; 12-6 Big 12) and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Senior guard Will Clyburn, a transfer from Utah in his first season playing for ISU, leads a potent Cyclones offensive attack that paces the Big 12 in scoring (78.6 ppg), 3-pointers (9.3 3pg), 3-point field-goal percentage (36.4%) and assists (16.1 apg). Clyburn tops the team and ranks No. 5 in the league in scoring (15.0 ppg). Senior guard Tyrus McGee (12.7 ppg), freshman forward Georges Niang (11.2) and junior forward Melvin Ejim (10.7 ppg) also average double figures. Ejim is the Big 12’s leading rebounder (9.7 rpg), while senior guard Korie Lucious is No. 2 in assists (5.8 apg). McGee is No. 1 in both 3-pointers (2.7 3pg) and 3-point percentage (43.9%).
ISU ranks among the nation’s top-100 teams in 3-pointers (No. 6), scoring (No. 7), assists (No. 16), rebounding (No. 17), offensive rebounding (No. 37), assist/turnover ratio (No. 49), 3-point percentage (No. 67) and field-goal percentage (No. 84).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Iowa State have met seven times, each since the 1974-75 season. The first four matchups were a pair of home-and-home series with TCU taking 3-of-4 meetings, including one of the two games between the teams in Ames. ISU snapped a five-game Frogs winning streak back on Jan. 19 with a 63-50 victory in Fort Worth.
TCU vs. Iowa State – All-Time Series
Date * W/L * Score * Site
Dec. 14, 1974 * L * 90-91 * Ames
Dec. 9, 1975 * W * 95-83 * Fort Worth
Dec. 14, 1981 * W * 72-63 * Fort Worth
Dec. 18, 1982 * W * 74-66 * Ames
Nov. 29, 1991 * W * 53-52 * San Juan
Dec. 24, 1997 * W * 93-54 * San Juan
Jan. 19, 2013 * L * 50-63 * Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: ISU 63, TCU 50
TCU held high-scoring Iowa State to its lowest output of the season at that time, but it wasn’t enough as the Cyclones left Fort Worth with a 63-50 victory in the teams’ first matchup as Big 12 opponents on Jan. 19.
TCU’s trend of scoring woes continued against ISU, as the squad shot only 36.4% from the field overall and 1-of-10 from 3-point range. The Frogs had several opportunities at the charity stripe that failed to drop, as well, going only 9-of-22.
The contest was a close, back-and-forth affair in the early going featuring eight ties and two lead changes in the first 14 minutes. Iowa State opened the game up by scoring 14 of the final 18 points of the half to take a 36-26 advantage to the locker room. ISU took its largest lead at 15 points on a Tyrus McGee 3 with 12:08 remaining in the contest. TCU would claw its way back to within single digits, but the Frogs were then held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Devonta Abron, Garlon Green and Charles Hill Jr. each totaled 10 points to lead the Frogs. McGee (16 points) and Will Clyburn (12 points) paced the Cyclones scoring attack.
LAST TIME OUT: OKLAHOMA 75, TCU 48
TCU got off to a slow start and was unable to recover, dropping a 75-48 decision to Oklahoma on Monday in Norman. Devonta Abron led the Frogs in defeat with game highs of 12 points and nine rebounds.
Playing in their third game in six days, the Frogs recorded one of their worst offensive halves this season in the opening period. The squad missed its first 14 shots and went only 4-of-24 overall from the floor for the period while falling down by 25 points at intermission, 36-11. The 11 points marked the fewest in any half for TCU since at least the early 1970s, when records started being tracked.
The Frogs fared far better on the offensive end of the court in the second stanza, but it was too late. OU finished the contest making an even 50% of its field-goal attempts and went a perfect 14-of-14 at the free-throw line. The Sooners, who led by as many as 36 after the break, were much more successful at limiting mistakes than the Frogs, giving up only seven turnovers while forcing TCU into 16 giveaways.
TCU-OKLAHOMA POSTGAME NOTES
* Devonta Abron scored in double figures for the eighth game this season and led the Frogs for the fifth time.
* Abron’s nine rebounds were his second-most since joining the Frogs.
* Connell Crossland scored in double digits for the fourth time in the last six games. He had done so only twice in 50 career games entering the current stretch.
* Crossland totaled eight rebounds, his fourth consecutive game with eight or more boards.
* Garlon Green moved into a tie for fifth place on TCU’s career games played list.