After claiming nine consecutive victories heading into conference play , TCU has dropped seventeen straight. Needless to say, the 2013-14 season has not been kind to the Horned Frogs. Head Coach Trent Johnson receives one final chance to secure a conference win to avoid going 0-18. However, it is a tall task as the Oklahoma Sooners come to town. Texas Christian is currently losing by a margin of 15.9 point in home conference games.
Lon Kruger and his Oklahoma Sooners look to secure the number two seed in the Big XII Tournament with a win in Ft. Worth, TX. In the last meeting, OU used an 11-3 run in the closing minutes to pull away from the Horned Frogs. Can they do it on the road this time?
Kyan Anderson continues to prove that he is one of the best offensive players the Big XII Conference has to offer. Averaging 17 point per game Anderson provides 29% of the scoring on his own. Only putting up 58.5 points in conference play, TCU needs to find another scoring option to compliment the talented guard. It may be too late, however, as the second leading scorer, Amric Fields, suffered an injury forcing him to sit out the past four games.
The Horned Frogs rank last in the league in points per game as well as field goal percentage.
Jarvis Ray will be counted on to pick up a bit of the slack from a scoring stand point. But, it begs the question as to who can be the answer down low for TCU. One name that sticks out is Karviar Shepherd who averages 8.8 points per game. Shepherd has the potential to be a rim protector and elite rebounder on the collegiate level. With experience, the freshman should develop into a center piece for which Coach Johnson can build around.
For Oklahoma, fans look toward Ryan Spangler who recorded 13 points and 16 rebounds the first time around. Due to his work ethic and unstoppable motor, Spangler presents a unique match-up for any team. Yet, that challenge becomes even tougher assuming Fields is unable to play.
Of course, Buddy Hield continues to mature and grow as a basketball player. At any moment, Hield can catch fire from beyond the arc in an effort to pull away from an opponent. The sophomore currently has 81 treys on the season and will be looking to extend that in the final game of the season. All year long, teams have struggled to slow down the offensive production of the Sooners from range.
At 3:05 PM CST, Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal will suit up for their final regular season game. Hopefully, the effort not only secures a win and the number two seed, but also pushes Kruger to the front of the Coach of the Year conversation.