FINAL - TEXAS 71 ... TCU 54
Longhorns improve to 13-7 ( 5-3 Big 12) and avenge a forgettable loss at TCU (9-11, 1-7 ... yeah, the Horned Frogs' only league win is over the Horns) on Jan. 9 thanks to the attacking mindsets of freshman G Kerwin Roach (22 points, 6-9 FG, 10-15 FT, 5 Rebs, 3 assists) and ... PRINCE IBEH!!!!!
Ibeh finished with the career-high 17 points and his second career double-double (10 rebs) along with 4 blocks and a career-high 5 made FTs in a single game while going 5-of-6 from the foul line.
Ibeh got 2 standing ovations: One for making 2-of-2 FTs to open the game 3-of-3 from the foul line after opening the season 2-of-18 from the FT line through the first 18 games.
Ibeh, who has been prone to early foul trouble, didn't pick up his first foul until the 8:47 mark of the second half and finished with just two fouls.
The second standing ovation came when Shaka Smart took Ibeh out of the game with 3:09 left.
If Shaka Smart is going to go ahead and turn Ibeh into a baller (I know ... I know ... it was ONLY TCU), but still. If Shaka is going to turn Ibeh into a baller, watch the !@#$%! out!!
"I'm playing smarter," Ibeh said. "I'm finding that line of aggressiveness I can play with."
On the improved FT shooting, Ibeh said, "I used to go to the line and think about my past struggles. Now, I go to the line and think about what's possible. I make my free throws in practice, so after seeing the first one go in tonight, I just relaxed and kept making them."
Asked for the most FTs he's made in a row in practice, Ibeh said, "I've made 17 in a row."
Roach, who was sitting next to Ibeh at the post-game press conference, was asked if that was accurate?
"I don't know," Roach said, drawing a big smile and hug from Ibeh. "But in practice, you see him at the line working, so it's probably possible."
When the laughter died down, Ibeh was asked about the team's mindset in going 4-1 since losing to TCU previously.
"The whole team's mental approach is improved, and it's translating to the court," Ibeh said. "Before, we were practicing hard, but we'd get in the game, and it would be lackadaisical or sloppy. Now, it's clicking."
Considering Ibeh was 2 of 18 from the FT line through the first 18 games, Shaka Smart said, "You kind of get to the point where if it goes in, it's a bonus." (Drawing laughter)
"Tonight, he got on a roll, so we were certainly happy to see that."
Asked what he was most proud of about Ibeh's performance, Smart said, "That he had fun. He was smiling and having fun, and Prince Ibeh plays that way, there's a lot that's possible for him. He didn't pick up his first foul until late in the game. The mind is a powerful thing."
Roach missed three layups and two free throws at Kansas during a critical, game-turning 14-2 run by the Jayhawks in the second half. Roach responded against TCU by continuing to attack - this time penetrating TCU's zone defense - and hitting 6-of-9 from the floor and 10 of 15 from the foul line.
"Snoop (Roach) is so hungry to get better," Smart said. "And he's putting in the work. There have been games where he's been disappointed in the result or disappointed in his results. But he just digs in and works harder. He always stays after practice, so you see where his work pays off."
NEXT UP: ...home vs Vanderbilt Saturday at 11 am (ESPN2) and then to Waco Monday to face Baylor on Big Monday at 8 pm (ESPN).
HALFTIME - TEXAS 37 ... TCU 27
* Texas doing a good job of attacking the basket (especially Kerwin Roach) and getting to the FT line (11 of 14 FT as a team ... Roach 4-6 FT)
* Horns holding TCU to 37 percent shooting with a 19-14 edge in rebounding (5-5 in offensive boards).
* Oddly enough, TCU has the 9-4 edge in second-chance points.
* Texas missed its last 5 shots to drop a 57 percent shooting clip to 46 percent at halftime.
* Horns are 0-of-7 from 3 point range.
* Kerwin Roach leads Texas with 10 points (3-3 FG, 4-6 FT)
* Prince Ibeh with 7 points (1-1 FT), 4 rebs, 2 blocks in 16 mins of action (Prince missed his last 3 shots after starting 3-3 FG).
Horns (12-7, 4-3 Big 12) look to avenge a - one that got away - loss to TCU (9-10, 1-6) in Fort Worth.
Starters for Texas:
(FYI .. Terrible crowd so far ...)