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Oklahoma has cleared the tough part of their schedule. The NCAA Tournament is still within reach but TCU must not be overlooked for Oklahoma St. Remember this is a TCU team recorded their first Big 12 win in stunning fashion against Kansas.
After a monumental win, considering the circumstances, for the Oklahoma Sooners, they must get ready to play the TCU Horned Frogs. This will mark the first matchup between the two opponents in conference. For the Sooners, this is likely a trap game as a surging Oklahoma St. Cowboys team is on the horizon.
Not much word has been spread about what the Horned Frogs are capable of. That is because up until this past week, TCU remained winless in conference while the notion was that they would not see their first win this season. All of that changed in a heartbeat as they held league leader, the Kansas Jayhawks to a mere 13 point half. I'm here to say that this defensive performance wasn't a fluke.
The Horned Frogs currently boast the second best defense in the league hold opponents to 58.3 points per game to rank them 22nd in the nation through 22 games. It is the Kansas St. Wildcats leading the charge by a slim margin at 57.8 points per game in the same category.
While TCU may very well be able to hold opponents to low scoring totals, the rub is that the Horned Frogs are unable to capitalize as they average 54.3 points per game on offense. To state the obvious, 57.8 is greater than 54.3 on any day leading to more losses than it does wins. Now the weakness of the newcomer has been exposed as offense is not the strong suit here.
Kyan Anderson leads the way with 11.3 points per outing. He is a quick guard with fast hands on defense that could spell trouble for anyone Lon Kruger decides to throw at him. Look for Anderson to stretch the floor out as he is a more than capable 3-point shooter currently hitting 33.7% of his shots from beyond the arc. Not only will Anderson be looking to score when he has the ball in his hands, he is always surveying the floor to find the open man.
The only other player to average in double-digits for TCU is Garlon Green at a clip of 10.3 a game. Green is a 6-7 guard with a size advantage to elevate over smaller defenders. He is also one who will not hesitate to let it fly from 3-point land when the opportunity arises. Green hits from range at a rate of 37.3% but takes roughly two shots per game from the 19.75-foot distance.
As a team, the Horned Frogs are not the best rebounding team at only 32.6 rebounds per contest. This puts them at a significant disadvantage in second chance points as well as fast break points. While TCU does not look like a major threat on paper, they must not be overlooked as at any point they might pull off a shocker.
The game will tipoff at 6:00 PM CST and can be found on ESPNU.