Nov. 18, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program returns to the hardwood Tuesday night when it takes on Abilene Christian at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and will 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 the Wildcats 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.
Abilene Christian, who is in its first season in NCAA Division I play, comes into Tuesday night's game fresh off a 103-41 setback to Iowa Sunday. The Wildcats, who were 0-3 on the season going into Sunday night's tilt, will be playing their fifth consecutive road game Tuesday night. ACU has been led during the early stages by Harrison Hawkins and LaDarrien Williams. Hawkins is averaging 12.8 points per contest, while Williams is the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 10.0 points per game.
Tuesday's meeting between the two Texas schools will the first matchup since taking to the hardwood on Dec. 20, 1956. TCU currently leads the all-time series, 15-0. The late Dick O'Neal, the Horned Frogs' only three-time All-America honoree, started at post for the Horned Frogs and led the Purple and White to a 81-41 victory during the 1956 contest.
Did You Know
TCU first played then Abilene Christian College in 1915. The Horned Frogs prevailed in Abilene, upending the Wildcats, 16-2.
Second Half Success
In its first two outings, TCU has come out of halftime firing on all cylinders as the Frogs have outscored their two oppoents by a combined score of 24-10 in the first four minutes of action. During the second half alone, TCU has scored 28 more points as a team, compared to holding its opponent to only 11 more points in the second frame of play.
Getting To The Line
TCU, who currently leads the Big 12 in free throw shooting percentage at 78.6 percent, has made it a point to get to the line this season. After two games last season, the Frogs went to the charity stripe 40 times, while shooting 57.5 percent from the line. My how the tides have changed in 2013-14 as TCU is currently 44-of-56 from the charity stripe after two games. Individually, Kyan Anderson has hit on 13-straight dating back to last year's contest against Oklahoma.
Anderson Back On Track
After not scoring in double-figures against SMU for the first time in nine-straight regular-season games, junior Kyan Anderson got things going again versus Longwood, totalling a team-high 17 points on 5-of-10 from the field. With his 17 point outing, Anderson now has scored in double-figures in 31 games during his career, which includes six games of 20 or more.
The New Kid On The Block
TCU head coach Trent Johnson announced the signing of guard Chauncey Collins this past Wednesday. Collins, an Oklahoma City native who is home-schooled, will don the Purple and White next season after being named the first unanimous winner of the prestigious Maravich Award, which is symbolic of the nation's top homeschool basketball player, at the 22nd annual National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament.
Freshmen Starting Off
In TCU's first two games of the season, the Horned Frogs freshmen quartet of Karviar Shepherd (17), Michael Williams (17), Brandon Parrish (26) and Hudson Price (3) combined to score 63 of TCU's 140 points, which is 45 percent of the Horned Frogs' scoring output. TCU has started three freshmen in Shepherd, Parrish and Price, while Williams has seen significant minutes.
Against SMU, the freshmen class scored almost 50 percent of TCU's 61 points, which was the highest output by a class of newcomers since TCU had five newcomers score 66 of TCU's 93 season-opening points against Northwestern State in 2001.
Parrish Starts Off Strong
Brandon Parrish led TCU in scoring against SMU, scoring a team and game-high 13 points. The last time a freshman scored in double-figures in their opening game as a Horned Frog came from now junior Amric Fields who tallied 18 points against Jackson State in 2010. Parrish joined K-State's Wesley Iwundu (14), Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (16) and Texas' Isaiah Taylor (17) as the only freshmen in the Big 12 Conference to lead their respective teams in scoring during their season-openers. The last time a newcomer led TCU in scoring in his debut came during the 2008-09 season when then junior college transfer Edvinas Ruzgas scored a team-high 16 points against Western Michigan.
Last Time Out
TCU took a lead midway through the second half last Tuesday night, but eventually fell to Longwood at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 82-79.
Trailing 78-74 with 21.9 showing on the clock, the Horned Frogs forced a turnover and then watched as freshman Brandon Parrish buried a three ball to pull the Frogs within one at 78-77. After a late free throw by the Lancers' Leron Fisher, junior Kyan Anderson tied the game at 79-79 with 7.1 seconds left and the Frogs appeared to be on their way to forcing overtime. Longwood had other ideas though as Lucas Woodhouse nailed a deep trey with 1.7 seconds left to escape the DMC with an 82-79 victory.
It was a tale of two halves for the Frogs (0-2) as the Purple and White used a 13-0 run to open the second half to regain their composure and eventually take the lead at the 8:43 mark on a Michael Williams triple. In the end though, the Frogs, who shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, couldn't hold on down the stretch despite forcing the Lancers into 16 turnovers.
TCU was led on the night by Anderson's 17 points on 5-of-10 from the field, which included a 14-point effort in the second period on 5-of-7 from the floor. Senior Jarvis Ray and Parrish chipped in with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Williams rounded out the Horned Frogs double-digit scores with an 11-point outing.
TCU will hit the road to face off against Washington State Sunday, Nov. 24. Start time is set for 5:00 p.m. CT in Pullman, Wash.