Feb. 18, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU returns home from a two-game road stretch Tuesday when it plays host to Texas at 7 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Big 12 Network will televise the final regular-season matchup between the Horned Frogs and Longhorns live.
TCU (10-15 overall; 1-11 Big 12) looks to snap a three-game skid Tuesday following a Feb. 9 home loss to West Virginia and consecutive road setbacks at Oklahoma (Feb. 11) and Iowa State (Feb. 16). The Frogs dropped this season's earlier meeting with UT in Austin, 60-43. Texas (11-14; 3-9 Big 12) arrives in Fort Worth coming off a Saturday loss at No. 14 Kansas, 73-47. The Longhorns have yet to win on the road in Big 12 play (0-6) and are only 1-11 overall away from Austin this season.
TCU and Texas will meet for the 166th time, which ranks No. 4 on the Frogs' list of most-played series. UT has won the last five meetings. The teams have not played in Fort Worth since Feb. 11, 1996.
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. Doug Bell (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (color) will serve as the TV talent.
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 570 KLIF AM and 88.7 FM KTCU.
Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 39 in the NCAA in scoring defense (60.3 ppg). The squad is No. 34 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (124).
* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 12 points fewer per game than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg) and would be the Frogs' lowest since 1985-86 (58.7 ppg).
* TCU is 10-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-14 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.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in steals (No. 5), minutes played (No. 7), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (T-14th) and scoring (No. 18).
* Anderson has scored in double figures three straight games, matching his best career streak recorded on two occasions.
* Connell Crossland has scored in double figures five times in the last seven games. He had done so previously only twice in 50 career contests.
* Crossland is averaging 10.3 ppg and 8.4 rpg over the last seven games while shooting a team-best 60.0% from the floor. His 72 points (No. 2 on the team) and 61 rebounds (team-best) are career-best totals for a seven-game stretch.
* Crossland tops TCU in rebounding during Big 12 play (6.9 rpg). He ranks No. 8 in the Big 12 in total boards during conference action and No. 5 in offensive rebounding (2.8 rpg).
* Adrick McKinney is 11th in the Big 12 in rebounding average (6.6 rpg) and 12th since the start of league play (6.3 rpg). He is sixth in offensive boards in Big 12 games (2.7 rpg) and eighth overall (2.4 rpg).
* McKinney has scored in double figures in eight of the last 17 games. He had done so previously only seven times in 40 career contests.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 12 of the last 19 games. He had paced the squad previously only five times in 37 career contests.
* Garlon Green has played in 103 straight games for TCU. He has climbed into the No. 4 spot on TCU's career charts for games played (122) and No. 6 for minutes (3,052).
* Green's next appearance will move him into a tie for No. 2 on TCU's games played list with Corey Santee (2002-05) and Neiman Owens (2005-08). He is only three shy of matching the TCU 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 55.2% would rank just outside the top-10 seasons in program history.
* 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 58 of his 63 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 24.3 minutes in conference games after totaling just 29 minutes in non-conference.
* TCU has featured 10 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 241 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 191 for its opponents, an average margin of +4.2 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in seven of 12 conference games.
* TCU has set season highs in 3-point tries in three straight games (65 total). It has attempted only 279 3's on the year, which ranks 344th out of 347 NCAA Division I teams.
Texas enters Tuesday at 11-14 overall and eighth place in the Big 12 standings with a 3-9 league mark. All three of the squad's conference wins have been at home: Jan. 26 vs. Texas Tech (73-57), Feb. 2 vs. TCU (60-43) and Feb. 13 vs. Iowa State (89-86, ot).
Fifteenth-year head coach Rick Barnes returned seven letterwinners and two starters from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-14 overall record. Texas finished sixth in the Big 12 regular-season standings with a 9-9 league mark. The Longhorns employ a young lineup this season that featured three freshman and two sophomore starters in its most recent outing.
A pair of sophomore guards paces the UT offensive attack in Sheldon McClellan (14.2 ppg) and Julian Lewis (10.7 ppg). McClellan ranks No. 7 among the Big 12's leading scorers. Sophomore points guard Myck Kabongo came back to the lineup two games ago after sitting out the season's opening 23 contests and has averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 assists since his return. Freshman guard Javan Felix, who filled in as a starter during Kabongo's absence, is No. 3 in the league in assists (5.2 apg). Sophomore forward Jonathan Holmes tops the squad and is No. 9 in the conference in rebounding at 6.8 rpg.
As a team, the Longhorns average 63.8 ppg, which is No. 9 in the Big 12. The squad is No. 1 in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (26.7%) and No. 2 in overall field-goal defense (36.5%) and blocked shots (5.1 bpg).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Texas will meet for the 166th time on the hardwood, which ranks No. 4 on the Frogs' list of longest all-time series. It will be the first meeting in Fort Worth sine a 102-81 UT victory on Feb. 11, 1996. The Longhorns own a 103-62 overall series lead, including nine wins in the last 10 games, and have won five straight. TCU leads by a 41-36 margin in games played in Fort Worth. It's last win at home against UT came on Jan. 10, 1995, 102-98.
TCU vs. Texas - Last 10 Meetings
Date * W/L * Score * Site
March 3, 1993 * L * 84-102 * Austin
Feb. 5, 1994 * L * 73-95 * Austin
March 5, 1994 * L * 78-111 * Fort Worth
March 10, 1994 * L * 75-96 * Dallas
Jan. 10, 1995 * W * 102-98 * Fort Worth
Feb. 8, 1995 * L * 99-111 * Austin
Jan. 13, 1996 * L * 88-103 * Austin
Feb. 11, 1996 * L * 81-102 * Fort Worth
Jan. 2, 2008 * L * 59-67 * Austin
Feb. 2, 2013 * L * 43-60 * Austin
LAST TIME WE MET: TEXAS 60, TCU 43
TCU suffered a 60-43 road setback to Texas in the teams' first meeting as Big 12 members on Feb. 2. Adrick McKinney led the Frogs in the scorebook with 13 points.
TCU's trend of shooting struggles continued against the Longhorns, as it connected on only 17-of-52 field-goal attempts (32.7%). The squad also hit only 2-of-13 3-point tries while going 7-of-15 at the charity stripe. UT had no such issues from the floor, making more than 52% of its total shots.
The two teams were in a tight battle in the game's opening 10 minutes until the Longhorns took control. UT outscored the Frogs by a 17-7 margin to end the half, as TCU made only 3-of-10 shots and totaled six of its 13 turnovers in the stretch. Texas exited the locker room at intermission with a 32-20 lead that quickly grew to a 19-point edge just minutes into the second half after the squad scored the first seven points of the period.
LAST TIME OUT: IOWA STATE 87, TCU 53
Kyan Anderson led TCU with 11 points and a career-high eight assists as Iowa State downed the Horned Frogs by an 87-53 count Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
The Frogs ran up against a high-octane Iowa State squad that fired on all cylinders. The Cyclones shot 51.9% from the field overall, including 48.3% (14-of-29) from beyond the arc. The team's 14 treys were the most made against the Frogs in more than three years. ISU's 87 points also marked the most allowed by the Frogs this season.
TCU was unable to keep pace with the Cyclones, shooting only 38.2% from the floor. The squad did match its season high with six 3's, although it took a season-high 25 attempts to do so. The Frogs also scored 10 points on the fastbreak, their second-best total of the year.
TCU-IOWA STATE POSTGAME NOTES
* Kyan Anderson led the Frogs in scoring for the seventh time this season, matching Garlon Green for the team lead. Anderson reached double figures for the team-high 13th time.
* Connell Crossland totaled 10 points, his fifth double-figure effort in the last seven games. He entered the current stretch having scored 10 or more only twice in 50 career contests.
* Garlon Green moved into a tie for fourth place on TCU's career games played list alongside Brent Hackett (2005-08) with his 122nd career appearance.
* Iowa State sank 14 3-pointers, the most against TCU since Texas State totaled 14 in a triple-overtime Frog win on Nov. 24, 2009.