Hawks' Look To Bounce Back Against Frogs

News, notes and quotes on No. 7 Kansas' matchup with TCU Saturday at 3 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse, while believing the Jayhawks will bounce back after losing 85-82 (OT) at K-State on Monday.

News, notes and quotes on No. 7 Kansas' matchup with TCU Saturday at 3 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse, while believing the Jayhawks will bounce back after losing 85-82 (OT) at K-State on Monday.

Kansas is 18-6 and 9-2 in the Big 12.


TCU (9-14, 0-11 Big 12) is coming off a 91-58 home loss to Baylor on Wednesday. The Horned Frogs, who have seven players averaging 16-plus minutes per game, are led by junior guard Kyan Anderson. He paces the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) while also leading TCU with 112 assists and 33 three-pointers, and tied for team lead with 29 steals.

Junior forward Amric Fields is next in scoring (13.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), followed by freshman forward Brandon Parrish (9.7 ppg), senior guard Jarvis Ray (8.5 ppg) and freshman center Karviar Shepherd (8.4 ppg, team-high 6.9 rpg and 2.0 bpg).

TCU averages 64.9 points per game and allows 70.4 points per contest. The Horned Frogs are being outrebounded by 7.7 boards per game, but win the turnover margin with a +1.3 average. TCU forces 5.9 steals per game and its 74.3 free throw percentage ranks second in the league.

Coach Trent Johnson is 20-35 in his second season at TCU and 246-220 in his 15th season overall.


KU coach Bill Self certainly isn't overlooking TCU, despite the Horned Frogs' winless record in the Big 12.

"They're going to beat somebody, I honestly believe that," Self said. "They're much improved over last year. Last year they beat us and Oklahoma both handily. They'll get one. Certainly, they'll come in and they'll play man, they'll play zone and we've got to execute.

"If you look at their scores, even against Iowa State (on Feb. 8), (Melvin) Ejim goes for 48; still, it's a nine-point game late in Ames. And that's with a guy getting 48. It's just a matter of time before they bust through."


KU whipped the Horned Frogs, 91-69, in Forth Worth on Jan. 25 during the previous meeting. KU's 91 points were the most that TCU had surrendered this season. Andrew Wiggins scored a then-career-high 27 points while Joel Embiid (14) and Wayne Selden (12) also scored in double figures. KU outrebounded TCU 40-24 as Perry Ellis grabbed a career-best 14 boards.

Kansas shot 57.4 percent from the field, while the Horned Frogs managed just 43.1 percent shooting. However, TCU shot 56 percent in the second half after shooting only 30.8 percent the first 20 minutes. KU led 53-32 at halftime, yet won the second half by only one point (38-37).

TCU had four players in double figures: Brandon Parrish (15), Amric Fields (13), Kyan Anderson (12) and Christian Gore (11).


Self told the Lawrence Journal-World Friday that freshman center Joel Embiid, who's been bothered by back and knee injuries, would not play against TCU.

"He did not practice today so he will not play tomorrow," Self said. "We're hoping he'll be able to practice by Sunday (and play against Texas Tech on Tuesday)."

Embiid was also held out of practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

"He hasn't done anything except get treatment," Self said. "Although (his back is) a lot, lot better, it's still not totally pain free."

Sophomore forward Jamari Traylor, meanwhile, is expected to play Saturday. He did not play against KSU Monday because of disciplinary reasons.


Self is using the K-State loss as a teaching tool.

"What we should learn, if we've learned anything, which I hope we have, is that if we can't make other teams play bad, especially away from home, then your chances of success aren't very good," Self said. "We didn't do anything to make K-State play poorly the other night."


KU leads TCU in the series 6-1. This is just the fourth conference meeting between the schools, yet the series dates back to 1952 when Kansas beat the Horned Frogs, 68-64, on March 21 in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Mo.

Self is 10-4 all time against TCU, including 4-1 while at KU. Trent Johnson is 2-2 versus Kansas, 1-2 while at TCU. In Self's first season at KU, Johnson's Stanford team beat KU, 64-58, on Dec. 6, 2003 in Anaheim, Calif., in the Wooden Classic.

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