TCU MEDIA RELATIONS:
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU (17-10, 6-8) will try for its first-ever win at Kansas (24-3, 12-2) when the Horned Frogs visit the No. 3 ranked Jayhawks Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (Play-By-Play) and Miles Simon (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio.
No. 3 Kansas is 24-3 on the season and 12-2 in the Big 12 following a 67-65 at Baylor on Saturday. After being picked to win the conference in the preseason poll, the Jayhawks are in currently first place by three games. KU is led in scoring by Frank Mason III with a conference-leading average of 20.3. He has scored 20 points or more in four of his past five games and 15 times this season. Freshman Josh Jackson, who is averaging 16.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the sixth time this season on Monday.
Kansas leads the all-time series 13-1 with a 5-0 advantage in games played in Lawrence. Last season, TCU lost to KU, 70-63, the closest the Frogs had come to a victory in Allen Fieldhouse. TCU played KU close this season in Fort Worth. The Frogs trailed 84-80 with 31 seconds remaining before the Jayhawks closed out the game to win 86-80 in both teams’ Big 12 opener on Dec. 30. TCU junior Vladimir Brodziansky had a career-high 28 points in the game. Wednesday will be Jamie Dixon’s first game at Allen Fieldhouse.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
TCU will be trying for its first win over an AP Top 25 team since a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015. The Frogs have lost its last 20 games against ranked opponents. The highest ranked team TCU has ever beaten was No. 5 Kansas, 62-55, on Feb. 6, 2013 in Fort Worth. TCU has lost 39-straight against ranked teams on the road with the last win coming on Jan. 19, 1998 at No. 24 Hawaii, which is also its only win on the road against a ranked opponent.
According to KenPom, Vladimir Brodziansky leads the Big 12 and ranks 24th in the NCAA in true shooting percentage at 65.9. The number shows Brodziansky’s efficiency as a scorer with shooting percentages of 58.8 from the field, 37.5 from three and 80.0 from the free throw line.
IT’S MILLER TIME
JD Miller is 15-of-25 from 3-point range in the last six games. The sophomore has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last eight games after not having any in the previous six contests. The four 3-pointers Miller had in wins at Kansas State and against Texas Tech were career highs. Miller has averaged 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in the last seven games and scored 10 points at Iowa State Saturday. He is 11-for-16 from 3-point range in the second half of the last six games.
YOUNG BACKCOURT SHINING
Going up against a more veteran counterpart on a weekly basis, TCU’s backourt duo of freshman Jaylen Fisher and sophomore Alex Robinson has held its own.
Fisher: TCU is 12-3 when Fisher scores in double-figures and 7-2 when he has at least five assists. His 4.3 assists per game ranks seventh in the Big 12. Fisher recorded a career-high 11 assists in TCU’s 84-77 win over Iowa State on Jan. 14. It was the most by a TCU student-athlete since former Frog Hank Thorns dished out 11 at Air Force in 2011. He had a career-high 18 points at Baylor on Feb. 11.
Robinson: TCU is 12-5 when Robinson records at least five assists in a game. He has dished out at least four assists in 23 of TCU’s 27 games. Robinson’s 5.6 assists per game ranks third in the Big 12. At SMU earlier this season, Robinson tied a career-high with 10 assists.
• TCU was at .500 (6-6) in conference play through 12 games for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
• TCU’s six conference wins are its most ever in the Big 12. TCU is in its fifth season in the league.
• TCU’s win at Texas was its first in Austin in 30 years, which was Jamie Dixon’s senior year.
• TCU swept the season series over Texas for the first time in 30 years.
• TCU’s win over Iowa State was its first in 20 years.
• TCU’s win at Kansas State was its first win in Manhattan in 18 years.
• TCU won three-straight conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when it was in the Mountain West.