Baylor rolls over TCU
Baylor put the depth of its roster on display Saturday afternoon as the Bears grabbed a 82-56 victory against TCU. Isaiah Austin and Pierre Jackson paced the Bears offensively with 18 and 20 points respectively. Jackson scored 11 first half points while most of Austin's damage came in the second half. TCU trailed 23-15 midway through the first half, but Baylor started an 18-2 run that gave them a 17 point halftime cushion. TCU head coach Trent Johnson was not happy with official John Higgins, and Higgins subsequently gave a technical foul to the TCU coach that capped off the 18-2 run. Johnson was displeased after officials missed a foul call that would have sent Charles Hill to the free throw line. At the media timeout, Higgins followed Johnson into his own huddle, and Johnson was handed the technical after again voicing his displeasure. Scott Drew's offense was clicking all afternoon as the Bears shot 47 percent from the floor including 58 percent from three point land. The TCU offense was not as fluid. Baylor head coach Scott Drew summed up the reason for TCU's offensive struggles. "It's a make or miss league," Drew said. "The only thing [coaches] can do is help get good looks, and then after that, it is up to the players to make plays." The Frogs shot just 33 percent , and senior Garlon Green especially struggled, connecting on just one of seven shots from the floor. Sophomore DeVonta Abron was a none-factor. The Dallas native fouled out with five minutes to play and finished with no points and just two rebounds. "We got a lot of good looks, and when a good shot doesn't go down or when a bad shot goes up and they run out on you, they're pretty good," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. Johnson said Baylor was as good as a team there is in this league. "They have length. They have size. They have quickness to the ball, and Pierre Jackson, obviously, he's special." The bright spots for TCU offensively were seniors Connell Crossland and Adrick McKinney. Crossland threw down three dunks that brought a DMC crowd--half Baylor, half TCU--fans to their feet. Crossland finished with 10 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor. McKinney, whose offensive game has shown marked improvement under Trent Johnson and assistant coach Brent Scott--finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. However, the losses continue to pile up for a TCU team that has seen three of its best players injured with serious knee injuries. Assistant coach Brent Scott was on the road recruiting during the game as Trent Johnson works to build a roster that is built to compete in the Big 12. When TCU opens its second season in the Big 12, it will likely suit up nine players that did not take the floor for TCU Saturday. With a signing class of three promising freshmen already, TCU will likely sign three more prospects, and the return of Amric Fields, Aaron Durley, and Jarvis Ray will further bolster the TCU roster as Trent Johnson attempts to immediately right the ship. TCU's next game is on the road at Texas after a week off. The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network. "The week long break comes at a good time. It affords me the luxury to get out on the road and recruit," Johnson said.