As TCU travels to Stillwater to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their first road Big 12 test, the Frogs continue to look for consistent ways to score on the offensive end.
The Frogs rank 336th in the nation in scoring offense averaging just 57 points per game. On the other hand, the Frogs lead the Big 12 in points allowed defensively.
The Cowboys will provide a difficult challenge for TCU. The Cowboys, 10-3 (0-1), fell to Kansas State in their Big 12 opener, but jumped out to a 10-1 start overall this season.
The scoring differential is glaring in this game. The Frogs averaging just 57 points per game seem overmatched against a Cowboys team averaging 71.4 points per game. As a result, the Frogs must win with defense Wednesday in Stillwater.
Let's take a look at the three keys for TCU to win in Stillwater.
Shoot above 45 percent from the floor. TCU is 7-1 when shooting above 45 percent from the floor. The Frogs shot just 35 percent in their Big 12 opener against Texas Tech, and the Frogs simply have to shoot better than that to win. Without Amric Fields, Jarvis Ray, and Aaron Durley, TCU does not have the offensive firepower to overcome a poor shooting night. If the Frogs shoot in the 35-40 percent range again, TCU will be shot right out of the gym by the Cowboys.
Score in the 60's, keep opponent in 50's. TCU is 6-3 when allowing fewer than 60 points, and TCU is 6-1 when they hit the 60 point mark. Trent Johnson knows his team cannot survive a face-paced shootout against the Cowboys. Statistics show TCU needs to score 60 to win, and they must have the game on pace to be played in the 50's. A fast start will also help the Frogs and give them confidence against the 22nd ranked Cowboys. The Frogs have not lost a game this season in which they have led at halftime. However, they have not come back in a game in which they trailed at halftime.
Kyan Anderson needs to score double figures. Garlon Green has been TCU's best offensive player over the last several weeks, but TCU is 6-1 when sophomore point guard Kyan Anderson scores in double figures. Anderson is the catalyst for the TCU offense, and a good shooting night from the point guard will give TCU a chance to win. Anderson was 1-12 from the floor against Texas Tech. He'll need to find his shot in Stillwater for TCU's offense to reach its potential.