Norman, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Two teams seemingly headed in opposite
directions get together on Wednesday night, as the TCU Horned Frogs challenge
the 25th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center in Big 12
TCU is barely past the break-even point for the season, coming in at 9-8
overall. The team has lost each of its first five conference clashes, that
coming on the heels of a successful run from Dec. 5-29 when it won five in a
row. The Horned Frogs won their first three road games of the campaign, but
have dropped their last two. A 60-49 home setback versus Texas Tech last
Saturday was TCU's most recent outing.
Oklahoma has quietly gone about its business this season, winning 14 of its
first 18 games, including three against Big 12 competition. The Sooners have
logged several big wins, including against Texas, Iowa State and most
recently, Baylor. The Texas and Baylor games were both on the road, making the
feats even that much more impressive. There are still several difficult games
on the schedule, so it's imperative coach Lon Kruger's club beats the teams
its supposed to.
Oklahoma owns a 10-2 lead in the all-time series with TCU, but it was the
Horned Frogs who won the most recent encounter as they claimed a 70-67 home
triumph last March.
TCU isn't the most explosive offensive team around. In fact, the Horned Frogs
rank last in the Big 12 and 300th in the country with an average of only 65.9
ppg. They are however, permitting just 68.1 ppg, thus affording them the
opportunity to hang around in games they may otherwise be blown out in. A -5.4
rebounding margin is cause for concern, but the team is +1.9 in turnovers.
Kyan Anderson leads a list of three double-digit scorers, as he is hitting
47.5 percent of his field goal attempts in netting 14.6 ppg. He also serves as
the team's primary playmaker with 4.6 apg. Amric Fields (13.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
and Brandon Parrish (10.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg) round out the offensive-minded trio
for the Frogs, although Jarvis Ray (9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is close to joining the
Fields and Karviar Shepherd hit for 15 points apiece, but TCU shot a woeful
20.4 percent from the field, which included a 3-of-21 effort from 3-point
range, in its recent loss to Texas Tech. It was the Frogs' worst offensive
showing of the season, and came just a game after they put up a mere 50 points
in a loss to Oklahoma State. Defensively, TCU did a solid job in limiting the
Red Raiders to 37.8 percent field goal efficiency, which included a 2-of-10
effort from beyond the arc, and the Frogs forced 15 turnovers while committing
only seven themselves. TCU, which only had 10 field goals in the game, went
26-of-31 at the free-throw line. The team was outrebounded by a 41-29 margin.
Unlike its counterpart tonight, Oklahoma has had very little trouble putting
points on the scoreboard this season, as it ranks second in the conference and
eighth in the country with an average of 84.7 ppg. All five starters are
averaging double figures, led by Cameron Clark and his 17.1 ppg. Buddy Hield
is hot on his heels with 16.6 ppg, while Jordan Woodward tacks on 11.3 ppg
while acting as the team's top distributor with 4.7 apg. Defensively, the
Sooners can certainly stand to tighten the reins as they allow 78.0 ppg,
although they do force nearly 14 turnovers per outing.
Hield knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 19 points,
helping Oklahoma earn a narrow victory at Baylor over the weekend. Clark added
14 points and Woodward had 10, but the Sooners shot only 39.3 percent from the
floor, missing 19 of their 26 long-range attempts along the way. The Bears
were held to 40.7 percent accuracy on their total shots, and they missed half
of their free throws (10-of-20). Conversely, the Sooners made good on 15-of-20
foul shots, and that difference played an integral role in the outcome.
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