Feb. 22, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU returns to the road Saturday for a rematch against No. 9/9 Kansas at 3 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan. The Big 12 Network will televise the final regular-season matchup between the Horned Frogs and Jayhawks live from Allen Fieldhouse.
TCU (10-16 overall; 1-12 Big 12) heads to KU looking to complete a regular-season sweep of the two-game set with the Jayhawks following a 62-55 victory in Fort Worth back on Feb. 6. The Frogs are still searching for their first road victory in Big 12 play. Kansas (22-4; 10-3 Big 12) bring a three-game winning streak into the contest that included a 68-67 victory in double-overtime at No. 17/16 Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
TCU and KU will meet for only the sixth time in the series between the schools. Only one matchup has been in Lawrence, a 93-74 Jayhawk win on Dec. 9, 2004.
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. Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (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. The KU radio broadcast can be heard nationally on satellite radio via Sirius channel 85 and XM 85.
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
* Trent Johnson is 2-0 vs. Kansas as a head coach. In addition to this season's win, his final Nevada squad defeated then-No. 6 KU by a 75-61 count in Reno on Dec. 21, 2003.
* A win Saturday would make TCU only the fourth team in Big 12 history to earn a two-game regular-season sweep of KU, joining Nebraska (1999) and Iowa State (2000, 2001).
* TCU is 3-2 in its last five games against ranked opponents dating back to last season with one of the losses in overtime.
* TCU ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 44 in the NCAA in scoring defense (60.6 ppg). The squad is No. 47 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (131).
* 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 0-15 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 7-2 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. 6), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), 3-pointers (No. 13) and scoring (No. 19).
* Anderson has scored in double figures four straight games, the longest streak of his career.
* Nate Butler Lind has recorded three of his five career double-figure scoring efforts in the last seven games, including a career-best 12 points in his last outing.
* Connell Crossland has scored in double figures five times in the last eight games. He had done so previously only twice in 50 career contests.
* Crossland is averaging 9.8 ppg and 8.0 rpg over the last eight games while shooting a team-best 56.9% from the floor. His 78 points (No. 2 on the team) and 64 rebounds (team-best) are career-best totals for an eight-game stretch.
* Crossland tops TCU in rebounding during Big 12 play (6.8 rpg). He ranks No. 10 in the Big 12 in total boards during league action and tied for No. 4 in offensive boards (2.8 rpg).
* Adrick McKinney is 12th in the Big 12 in overall rebounding average (6.4 rpg) and tied for 11th since the start of league play (6.1 rpg). He is seventh in offensive boards in Big 12 games (2.6 rpg) and ninth overall (2.4 rpg).
* McKinney has scored in double figures in eight of the last 18 games. He had done so previously only seven times in 40 career contests.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 12 of the last 20 games. He had paced the squad previously only five times in 37 career contests.
* Garlon Green has played in 104 straight games for TCU. He has climbed into a tie for the No. 2 spot on TCU's career charts for games played (123) and No. 6 for minutes (3,092).
* Green is only two appearances shy of matching the TCU career 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.
* 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 22.5 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 265 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 212 for its opponents, an average margin of +4.1 pg. It has taken more attempts than the opponent in eight of 13 conference games.
Kansas enters Saturday's game sporting a 22-4 overall record and in first place in the Big 12 standings with a 10-3 league mark. The Jayhawks own a three-game winning streak with recent victories over Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma State.
Tenth-year head coach Bill Self returned eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's team that reached the NCAA Championship game. KU, which won the 2012 Big 12 regular-season title with a 16-2 record, utilizes a veteran lineup this season featuring four senior starters.
KU's lone non-senior starter, freshman guard Ben McLemore, is actually the team's top scorer at 16.3 ppg. He is No. 2 in the Big 12 in scoring and leads the league in free-throw percentage (87.1%). Preseason All-Big 12 honoree Jeff Withey, a senior center, is No. 9 in the league in scoring (13.4 ppg), No. 1 in blocked shots (4.0 bpg) and No. 3 in rebounding (8.6 rpg). Senior guard Elijah Johnson tops KU and is No. 5 in the Big 12 in assists (4.4 apg), while senior forward Travis Releford leads the conference in overall field-goal percentage (60.4%).
As a team, Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring margin (+12.9 ppg), field-goal percentage (46.7%), field-goal defense (35.4%), rebounding margin (+6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (6.9 bpg). The squad averages 73.2 ppg, which is second in the league.
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Kansas have met five times previously on the hardwood with KU holding a 4-1 edge. The Jayhawks have brought top-10 rankings into each matchup (No. 1 in 2003, No. 2 in 1997 and 2004, No. 5 in 2013 and No. 8 in 1952), while TCU was No. 24 during the 1997 contest. Kansas won the only previous meeting in Lawrence, 93-74, back on Dec. 9, 2004.
TCU vs. Kansas - All-Time Meetings
Date * W/L * Score * Site
March 21, 1952 * L * 64-68 * Kansas City
Dec. 20, 1997 * L * 78-94 * Kansas City
Dec. 1, 2003 * L * 66-85 * Fort Worth
Dec. 9, 2004 * L * 74-93 * Lawrence
Feb. 6, 2013 * W * 62-55 * Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 62, #5 KANSAS 55
TCU's first win in the Big 12 was a big one, as the Horned Frogs knocked off No. 5 Kansas in front of a record attendance at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum of 7,412 on Feb. 6. The victory was the Frogs' first ever over a top-5 opponent.
The Frogs locked down on KU defensively in the first half while running out to a large lead. The Jayhawks scored only two points in the game's opening 14 minutes and made only 3-of-22 attempts overall in the period as TCU built a 22-13 halftime edge.
The Frogs withstood Kansas' best shot in the second half, including eight straight possessions where the Jayhawks scored at least one point. The lead grew to as many as 16 points with 11:41 to play before KU made its last-ditch effort. TCU then closed the game out at the free-throw line before portions of the sellout crowd stormed the DMC court.
Garlon Green led TCU in the scorebook with 20 points, his eighth career 20-point effort. Connell Crossland ripped down a career-best 15 rebounds, the second-most for a conference player in Big 12 action this season.
LAST TIME OUT: TEXAS 68, TCU 59
TCU put up one of its top shooting performances of Big 12 play but was unable to cool off Texas, as UT earned a sweep of the season series by downing the Frogs by a 68-59 count Tuesday at the DMC.
TCU made 45.7% of its shots, easily its best rate since the start of league play, but Texas was just a bit better, making an even 50%, including nearly 60% in the first half while building an eight-point lead at intermission. The Frogs turned their fortunes around in the second half after falling behind by as many as 12 points. The squad knotted the game up after holding the Horns to only two field goals in an eight-minute stretch. Nate Butler Lind tied the game up at 48-all on a pair of free throws with 8:43 to play following a dunk by Connell Crossland on the previous possession.
Lammert then took the game over for Texas, delivering nine of 12 UT points in just over three minutes to push the squad back in front by seven, 60-53, with 4:48 to play. TCU was able to close back to within five at the two-minute mark, but a 3 by Demarcus Holland following a long UT possession with a minute to go ended up sealing the Frogs' fate.
TCU-TEXAS POSTGAME NOTES
* Garlon Green led TCU in scoring for the eighth time with 15 points.
* Kyan Anderson posted his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring performance with 10 points to set a new career-long streak.
* Anderson matched his career high in assists (eight) for the second consecutive game.
* Nate Butler Lind set a new career scoring high with 12 points, breaking his previous best of 10, while he also totaled a personal-best five assists.
RANKED TEAMS BEWARE
TCU has experienced recent success against ranked opponents, especially in games played at the DMC.
* TCU has won three of its last five meetings with ranked teams stretching back to last season. One of the two losses came in overtime.
* TCU is 1-1 this season against ranked squads, downing No. 5/5 Kansas (62-55) on Feb. 6 and falling to No. 16/18 Kansas State (67-54) on Jan. 16.
* TCU won two-straight matchups against top-20 foes last season in February home dates with No. 11/14 UNLV (102-97) and No. 18/21 New Mexico (83-64). It marked the first time in history the Frogs had defeated top-20 teams in succession.
* The Frogs nearly made it three wins in a row over ranked teams last season, dropping a 98-92 decision to No. 21/23 San Diego State in their regular-season finale at home.