MBB: Frogs Continue Road Play at Kansas Wednesday

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FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU (17-10, 6-8) will try for its first-ever win at Kansas (24-3, 12-2) when the Horned Frogs visit the No. 3 ranked Jayhawks Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (Play-By-Play) and Miles Simon (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio.

The Opponent

No. 3 Kansas is 24-3 on the season and 12-2 in the Big 12 following a 67-65 at Baylor on Saturday. After being picked to win the conference in the preseason poll, the Jayhawks are in currently first place by three games. KU is led in scoring by Frank Mason III with a conference-leading average of 20.3. He has scored 20 points or more in four of his past five games and 15 times this season. Freshman Josh Jackson, who is averaging 16.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the sixth time this season on Monday.

The Series

Kansas leads the all-time series 13-1 with a 5-0 advantage in games played in Lawrence. Last season, TCU lost to KU, 70-63, the closest the Frogs had come to a victory in Allen Fieldhouse. TCU played KU close this season in Fort Worth. The Frogs trailed 84-80 with 31 seconds remaining before the Jayhawks closed out the game to win 86-80 in both teams’ Big 12 opener on Dec. 30. TCU junior Vladimir Brodziansky had a career-high 28 points in the game. Wednesday will be Jamie Dixon’s first game at Allen Fieldhouse.

VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

TCU will be trying for its first win over an AP Top 25 team since a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015. The Frogs have lost its last 20 games against ranked opponents. The highest ranked team TCU has ever beaten was No. 5 Kansas, 62-55, on Feb. 6, 2013 in Fort Worth. TCU has lost 39-straight against ranked teams on the road with the last win coming on Jan. 19, 1998 at No. 24 Hawaii, which is also its only win on the road against a ranked opponent.

True Shooter

According to KenPom, Vladimir Brodziansky leads the Big 12 and ranks 24th in the NCAA in true shooting percentage at 65.9. The number shows Brodziansky’s efficiency as a scorer with shooting percentages of 58.8 from the field, 37.5 from three and 80.0 from the free throw line.

it’s MILLER time

JD Miller is 15-of-25 from 3-point range in the last six games. The sophomore has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last eight games after not having any in the previous six contests. The four 3-pointers Miller had in wins at Kansas State and against Texas Tech were career highs. Miller has averaged 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in the last seven games and scored 10 points at Iowa State Saturday. He is 11-for-16 from 3-point range in the second half of the last six games.

young backcourt shining

Going up against a more veteran counterpart on a weekly basis, TCU’s backourt duo of freshman Jaylen Fisher and sophomore Alex Robinson has held its own.

Fisher: TCU is 12-3 when Fisher scores in double-figures and 7-2 when he has at least five assists. His 4.3 assists per game ranks seventh in the Big 12. Fisher recorded a career-high 11 assists in TCU’s 84-77 win over Iowa State on Jan. 14. It was the most by a TCU student-athlete since former Frog Hank Thorns dished out 11 at Air Force in 2011. He had a career-high 18 points at Baylor on Feb. 11.

Robinson: TCU is 12-5 when Robinson records at least five assists in a game. He has dished out at least four assists in 23 of TCU’s 27 games. Robinson’s 5.6 assists per game ranks third in the Big 12. At SMU earlier this season, Robinson tied a career-high with 10 assists.

FIRST SINCE

• TCU was at .500 (6-6) in conference play through 12 games for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

• TCU’s six conference wins are its most ever in the Big 12. TCU is in its fifth season in the league.

• TCU’s win at Texas was its first in Austin in 30 years, which was Jamie Dixon’s senior year.

• TCU swept the season series over Texas for the first time in 30 years.

• TCU’s win over Iowa State was its first in 20 years.

• TCU’s win at Kansas State was its first win in Manhattan in 18 years.

• TCU won three-straight conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when it was in the Mountain West.

Croak Notes

• Going from 12-21 last season to 17-10 this season, TCU is the 18th most-improved team among NCAA DI schools.

• In its five seasons in the Big 12, TCU has three road conference wins, two of those wins coming this season.

• In 12 Big 12 games, Jamie Dixon has coached as many conference wins (6) as TCU had in the last three years combined.

• TCU’s NCAA RPI is 58 and strength of schedule is 32.

• TCU last played in the NCAA Tournament in 1998 with its last win in the tournament coming in 1987 when Dixon was a player.

• The Frogs are 13-4 at home this season and 3-6 on the road.

• TCU is 16-4 when outrebounding its opponent.

• TCU is 7-2 when shooting over 50 percent from the field.

• TCU is 14-1 when leading at halftime (Baylor).

• TCU is 10-3 when forcing more turnovers than it commits.

• TCU’s 74.5 points per game is the highest average since the 2002-03 season (80.4).

• TCU is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, the most since the 1998-99 season (49.1).

• TCU’s 16.6 assists per game is the most since the 2000-01 season (18.9).

• TCU’s 35.7 rebounds per game is the most since the 2002-03 season (38.9).

• TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 23 in the NCAA in assists (16.6).

• Kenrich Williams ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 49 in the NCAA with 9.0 rebounds per game.

• Williams ranks No. 26 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.2 average on the season.

• Brandon Parrish is a 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team® nominee.

• Parrish ranks fourth all-time in games played in school history. He is 6 away from the most in school history (129).

• Shepherd has tallied 616 career rebounds and needs 82 to become only the 10th player all-time to capture 700 boards.

• Alex Robinson has led TCU in assists 20 times this season and has had at least four assists in all but four games this season.

• Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 29th nationally with 2.3 blocks per game.

• Brodziansky’s 61 total blocks ranks seventh for the most in school history for a single season.

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