Kevin Jairaj, USA Today Sports

TCU vs Auburn primer

TCU will take on Auburn in the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.


FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU (14-6, 3-5) will try to keep its record perfect in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge when it hosts Auburn (13-7, 3-5) Saturday at 5 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena. 


The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with Mitch Holthus (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision, TuneIn Radio or Sirius 136/ 199 XM.



Auburn is 13-7 overall and 3-5 in the SEC after a 98-69 loss at South Carolina on Tuesday. Prior to the loss, the Tigers had won three of their previous four games. Auburn is led in scoring and rebounding by freshman guard Mustapha Heron, the first ever five-star recruit to play hoops at Auburn, who is averaging 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Auburn is among the NCAA leaders in free throw attempts, ranking eighth at 552 (27.6 per game).



Auburn leads the all-time series 2-1. None of the three meetings have come at in Fort Worth or Auburn. The last meeting was an 86-66 win by the Frogs on Dec. 1, 1996 in Hilo, Hawai’i in the final game of the Big Island Invitational. On Dec. 28, 1966, Auburn won 80-79 in the final game of the Mobile Classic in Mobile, Ala. The first meeting between TCU and Auburn came on Dec. 13, 1957 in Birmingham, Ala. and was a 75-63 win by the Tigers at the Birmingham Classic.



TCU has a 3-0 record all-time in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Last season, TCU defeated Tennessee, 75-63, on Jan. 30. On Dec. 4, 2014, TCU won at Ole Miss, 66-54. In the first year of the challenge, TCU won at Mississippi State, 71-61, on Dec. 5. The Big 12 has won the event each of its first three seasons posting a 7-3 mark last year, 6-4 two seasons ago and a 7-3 record in 2013-14 for a 20-10 (.667) mark overall.



On Jan. 21, a crowd of 7,276, which included over 1,400 students, witnessed an exciting game with 16 lead changes that resulted in a 62-53 loss by TCU to No. 6 Baylor. It was the largest crowd in the two-season history of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Overall, it was the third-largest in TCU history. Schollmaier’s capacity is listed at 6,700. TCU is averaging 6,126 fans per home game this season. That is the most since the program saw an average of 6,341 for its 11 home games during the 1986-87 season, which stands as the most in program history.



Sophomore Alex Robinson is the only TCU player that has faced Auburn. Robinson was a freshman at Texas A&M when the Aggies went 2-1 against the Tigers. He averaged 9.6 points, and 3.0 assists in the three meetings. Robinson had 12 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, with three assists and no turnovers in a 71-61 win at Auburn on Jan. 27. He had six points, on 3-of-5 shooting, with two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in an 8-55 win at home on Feb. 28. In the first round of the SEC Tournament, Robinson scored 11 points, on 4-of-7 shooting, with four assists, two rebounds and two turnovers in a 66-59 loss to the Tigers.



TCU is amidst a season-long three-game losing streak although the Horned Frogs have been very much in each game. In a 75-69 loss at Texas Tech on Jan. 18, TCU was tied 64-64 with 4:50 to play, before Tech ended the game on an 11-5 run. In a 62-53 loss to No. 6 Baylor on Jan. 21, TCU held a 48-47 lead with 5:27 remaining. Baylor then took the 16th and final lead change and ended the game on a 15-5 run. TCU never held a lead in its 89-76 loss at Oklahoma State on Jan. 23, but tied the game 51-51 with 10:39 to play.



In TCU’s 89-76 loss at Oklahoma State on Jan. 23, the Frogs shot 95.2 percent from the free throw line, the sixth-best percentage for a game in program history (min. 15 attempts). TCU was 22-of-24 from the line. It was TCU’s best effort from the line since shooting 96.4 percent (27-of-28) against Colorado State on Feb. 20, 2008. OSU was also hot from the charity stripe shooting 95.2 percent, the third-best by a TCU opponent in program history. OSU was 20-of-21 from the line.



• Both coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers for Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week.

• Only one of TCU’s six losses have come to teams outside the top 50 RPI (Texas Tech at 78).

• TCU’s NCAA RPI is 36.

• TCU is 14-3 against unranked opponents.

• The Frogs are 11-2 at home this season and 2-4 on the road.

• TCU is 13-3 when outrebounding its opponent with every loss coming in its last three games.

• TCU is 12-1 when leading at halftime (Baylor).

• TCU is 9-1 when forcing more turnovers than it commits (Baylor).

• TCU currently ranks No. 31 in the NCAA in assists (16.6).

• Kenrich Williams ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 with 9.8 rebounds per game.

• Williams is averaging a double-double, 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds, over the last five games.

• Brandon Parrish is a 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team® nominee.

• Parrish needs to play in only three more games to move into the top-10 all-time in games played in school history.

• Parrish has made at least one 3-pointer in nine of his last 12 games.

• Karviar Shepherd is No. 6 all-time in career starts at TCU with 96. He played in his 100th game against Arkansas State

• Shepherd has tallied 602 career rebounds and needs 98 to become only the 10th player all-time to capture 700 boards.

• Robinson has led TCU in assists 13 times this season.

• Williams ranks No. 17 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.6 average on the season.

• Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 24th nationally with 2.4 blocks per game.

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