Forward Toward February: A look at TCU

Forward Toward February: A look at TCU
February 2, 2013, 6:30 pm
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It’s that time of the year again for men’s college hoops fanatics.  The calendar rolls over from January to February, and with that roll over comes the heart of the conference schedules.  The top teams aim to touch up their résumés, while bubble teams look for a key victory to put them over the top.  Let’s take a look at how the season has unfolded thus far and what is next for some of the teams that are dear to the hearts of Houston residents…

TCU Horned Frogs:

Record as of Feb. 2: 9-11, 0-7 in Conference Play (Last in Big 12)

Key Wins: none

Bad Losses: Nov. 15 vs. SMU

Season To Date: Trent Johnson’s jump from LSU to TCU was a confusing one, to say the least. TCU has long been known as a football school, and that testament has held true this season.

The Horned Frogs’ nine victories have all come against teams they were supposed to beat. Losing to SMU in November was a bad loss, but can be excused a bit considering it happened so early in the season.  

In conference play, TCU has simply been overmatched and outclassed.  There offensive efficiency, or lack thereof, has made Rice’s stagnant offense look potent. The Horned Frogs manage only 55 points per game.  As a team, they shoot a painful 59.6 percent from the charity stripe. Simply put, scoring is not their thing.  

The Horned Frogs aim to slow down the pace to a snail’s crawl. In Big 12 games, they have held Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State to under 65 points. Unfortunately, in each game they scored less than they allowed and went 0-4. If they are going to break their Big-12 losing streak the Horned Frogs need to score above 60 points in a game… something they are yet to do.

Looking ahead: Feb. 2 at Texas; Feb. 9 vs. WVU; March 2 at Texas Tech

Analysis: It speaks more to the lengths the Longhorns have fallen, as opposed to TCU’s standing in the conference, that the Feb. 2 showdown is a legitimate opportunity for a Horned Frogs upset. Texas is notably having a down year, and if ever there was a chance for TCU to pull out a victory in Austin, it’s this year.

Team MVP so far: Garlon Green… The senior has spent four years putting up solid numbers for the Horned Frogs. They will never blow you away, but given his team’s lack of offensive firepower, Green’s numbers are respectable.  He is averaging 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. This season, he surpassed 1,000 career points at TCU.

Player to watch: Kyan Anderson … Only a sophomore, Anderson is leading the team in scoring at a clip of 11.6 each night. Under 6-feet tall, Anderson’s numbers have taken a jump in every category. He is Trent Johnson’s coach on the court as the point guard and has a knack for picking the pocket of opposing guards. Anderson has recorded two or more steals in six contests this season.