TCU vs Kansas State primer

At 17-12 TCU is likely on the outside looking in. A win over KSU would help their resume.

TCU MEDIA RELATIONS: 

FORT WORTH, Texas – In its final regular season home, TCU (17-12, 6-10) will try for its first-ever sweep of Kansas State (17-12, 6-10) when the Horned Frogs hosts the Wildcats Wednesday at 8 p.m.

It’s a pivotal game in the Big 12 Conference as both teams are in sixth place in the league and fighting for the first-round bye in the Big 12 Tournament. The bottom four teams are the No. 7-10 seeds and play on March 8. The quarterfinals begin on March 9.

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Tim Welsh (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 108, XM 384, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio.

THE OPPONENT

Kansas State is coming off an 81-51 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday. The Wildcats are tied for sixth with TCU in the Big 12 Conference standings, with the Frogs owning the tiebreaker via their win in Manhattan. KSU is led in scoring and rebounding by Wesley Iwundu who averages 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. 

THE SERIES

Kansas State leads the all-time series 10-5 with a 4-1 advantage in Fort Worth. TCU won the meeting in Fort Worth two seasons ago, a 69-55 victory on Feb. 18, 2015. The Frogs won the first meeting this season, 86-80, in overtime on Feb. 1 for the first win in Manhattan in 18 years. JD Miller led the Frogs with a career-high 18 points. Miller sat out the Frogs’ last game with West Virginia due to injury.

SENIOR CLASS FAREWELL

Wednesday will be the final home game for TCU seniors Brandon Parrish, Karvair Shepherd, Chris Washburn and Michael Williams. Head coach Jamie Dixon calls the four “the believers” due to the leadership roles each have assumed in this breakout year for the program. Parrish (combined sciences), Shepherd (criminal justice) and Washburn (criminal justice) will graduate in May and Williams, who is double majoring in supply and value chain management and finance, will graduate next December. They will be honored at Schollmaier Arena prior to Wednesday’s game. https://twitter.com/TCUBasketball/status/836297473006108672

ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12

Junior Vladimir Brodziansky and senior Michael Williams were awarded Academic All-Big 12 honors on Feb. 23 by the conference office. Brodziansky, a psychology major, was one of 17 selected for the first team, with a 3.20 or better GPA. Williams, a supply and value chain management major, was among the nine selected to the second team, with a GPA of 3.00-3.19. For Williams, it was the third consecutive season he had been named to the second team.

FIRST SINCE

• 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.

CROAK NOTES

• TCU is coming off a solid defensive performance where it held No. 12 WVU to a season-low 36.9 percent from the field.

• TCU’s 3-point percentage of 47.1 against the Mountaineers was its third best of the season.

• TCU is in sixth place in the Big 12 standings with three games to play. The Frogs were picked last (10th) in the preseason poll.

• TCU has not won a game on senior day since March 9, 2013, a 70-67 win over Oklahoma.

• In its five seasons in the Big 12, TCU has three road conference wins, two of those wins coming this season.

• Jamie Dixon has coached as many conference wins (6) as TCU had in the last three years combined.

• TCU’s NCAA RPI is 60 and strength of schedule is 25.

• TCU’s last postseason tournament bid came in 2005 with the NIT.

• TCU last played in the NCAA Tournament in 1998 with its last win in the tournament coming in 1987 when Dixon was a player.

• The Frogs are 13-5 at home this season and 3-7 on the road.

• TCU is 16-5 when outrebounding its opponent.

• TCU is 7-2 when shooting over 50 percent from the field.

• TCU is 14-2 when leading at halftime (Baylor, WVU).

• TCU is 10-3 when forcing more turnovers than it commits.

• TCU’s 73.4 points per game is the highest average since the 2002-03 season (80.4).

• TCU is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, the most since the 1998-99 season (49.1).

• TCU’s 16.4 assists per game is the most since the 2000-01 season (18.9).

• TCU’s 35.9 rebounds per game is the most since the 2002-03 season (38.9).

• TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 26 in the NCAA in assists (16.4).

• TCU currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 with 4.9 blocked shots in conference play only.

• Kenrich Williams ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 40 in the NCAA with 9.2 rebounds per game.

• Williams ranks No. 28 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.2 average on the season. 

• Williams ranks second in the conference with 11 double-doubles this season.

• Jaylen Fisher is coming off a season-high 18 points. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 15 consecutive games.

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

• Parrish ranks third all-time in games played in school history. He is 3 away from the most in school history (129).

• Alex Robinson has led TCU in assists 21 times this season and has had at least four assists in all but five games this season.

• Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with 2.4 blocks per game.

• Brodziansky’s 69 total blocks ranks third for the most in school history for a single season.


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