Big Tourney primer

TCU will take on Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night.

TCU MEDIA RELATIONS: 

FORT WORTH, Texas – Eighth seeded TCU (17-14, 6-12) opens the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a first-round game against No. 9 seed Oklahoma (11-19, 5-13) Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

 

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with Jon Sciambi (Play-By-Play) and Miles Simon (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 137, XM 199, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio. 

 

The winner of the game will advance to the quarterfinals to play No. 1 seed Kansas at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday on ESPN2.

 

THE OPPONENT

Oklahoma is led in scoring by underclassmen guards Kameron McGusty and Rashard Odomes. McGusty, a freshman, is averaging 10.9 points per game, while the sophomore, Odomes is at 10.3 points per game. McGusty scored 22 points in the Sooners’ 73-68 win over the Frogs on Saturday. In that same game, Kristan Doolittle recorded 19 points and 13 rebounds.

 

THE SERIES

Oklahoma leads the all-time series 17-3 with a 3-1 advantage in neutral site games. This will be the first meeting for the two teams at the Big 12 Tournament. The last time OU and TCU met a neutral site was on Dec. 28, 1991, a 78-73 win by the No. 14-ranked Sooners at the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. Wednesday will be the rubber game in the season series with each team winning on its home floor. TCU won 60-57 on Jan. 3 in Fort Worth and Oklahoma won 73-68 in the regular season finale on March 4 in Norman.

 

TCU AT THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

At No. 8, it’s TCU’s highest seed since in its five seasons in the conference. The Frogs have an all-time record of 2-4 in the Big 12 Championship and have won their first round game in each of the past two seasons. Last season, No. 10 TCU defeated No. 7 Texas Tech, 67-62, in the first round before falling to No. 2 West Virginia, 86-66, in the quarterfinals. 

 

JAMIE DIXON IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Jamie Dixon is 14-11 all-time in conference tournaments. At Pittsburgh, he was 11-8 in his 10 years of Big East Tournament play and 3-3 in three yearsof the ACC Tournament. Dixon won the conference tournament once, in 2008, as a No. 7 seed.

 

RUN IT BACK 

For the second time this season TCU will play the same team in consecutive games when it faces Oklahoma on Wednesday. TCU played and defeated Washington in back-to-back games this season, a 93-80 win in Las Vegas on Nov. 26 and an 86-71 win on Nov. 30 in Fort Worth. It will be the first time since the 1949-50 season that TCU will play the same opponent in back-to-back games twice in a season. TCU played Missouri and Wichita State in consecutive games in December of 1949. It will be the fourth time that TCU will play the same opponent in the regular season finale and the first round of the conference tournament. 

 

FOUR HONORED BY BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Vladimir Brodziansky (Second Team and All-Defensive), Jaylen Fisher (Honorable Mention), Alex Robinson (All-Newcomer) and Kenrich Williams (Honorable Mention) all earned postseason honors from the Big 12 Conference. Prior to this season, the only TCU men’s basketball player to earn Big 12 postseason honors was Kyan Anderson, who was All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015. Brodziansky took home TCU’s highest postseason honor since Hank Thorns was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference in 2012.

 

FIRST SINCE

• TCU was over .500 in conference play through 11 games for the first time since the 2004-05 season, also at 6-5.

• 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 has been to the NCAA Tournament seven times, but has never won a conference tournament.

• Vladimir Brodziansky (Second Team and All-Defensive), Jaylen Fisher (Honorable Mention), Alex Robinson (All-Newcomer) and Kenrich Williams (Honorable Mention) all earned postseason honors from the Big 12 Conference.

• Brodziansky was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the AP.

• TCU finished in eighth place in the Big 12 standings, the highest in its five seasons in the league.

• Jamie Dixon has won the most games of any TCU head coach in his first year with the program.

• TCU’s seven-game slide is the second longest losing streak of Dixon’s career. He lost eight straight in 2011-12 at Pittsburgh.

• 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 79 and strength of schedule is 30.

• TCU’s last postseason tournament bid came in 2012 with the CBI.

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

• TCU last played in the NIT in 2005.

• 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 10-4 when forcing more turnovers than it commits.

• TCU’s 73.6 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 16.6 assists per game is the most since the 2000-01 season (18.9).

• TCU’s 35.7 rebounds per game is the most since the 2002-03 season (38.9).

• TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 23 in the NCAA in assists (16.6).

• TCU currently ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and 37th in the NCAA in blocked shots (4.7).

• At 13-6, it’s TCU’s most wins at home since a 14-3 home record during the 2011-12 season

• Kenrich Williams ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 37 in the NCAA with 9.4 rebounds per game.

• Williams ranks No. 23 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.31 average on the season. 

• Williams ranks first in the conference with 13 double-doubles this season.

• Jaylen Fisher leads the Big 12 freshmen in assists per game at 4.3. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 17 consecutive games.

• Brandon Parrish ranks third all-time in games played in school history. He is 1 away from the most in school history (129).

• Alex Robinson has led TCU in assists 23 times this season and has had at least four assists in all but five games this season.

• Robinson passed Jamie Dixon (86-87) for 10th for the most assists in a season at TCU with 169.

• Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with 2.3 blocks per game.

• Brodziansky’s 72 total blocks ranks as the third most in school history for a single season.


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