Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Two teams at opposite ends of the Big 12
spectrum collide at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday evening, as the eighth-
ranked Kansas Jayhawks tangle with the struggling TCU Horned Frogs.
Bill Self's Jayhawks are beginning to hit their stride, sitting all alone atop
the Big 12 standings at a perfect 5-0. Kansas knocked off Baylor on Monday
(78-68) for its fifth straight win and fourth straight against a ranked
opponent in regular-season action, the first team to accomplish that feat
since North Carolina during the 1996-97 campaign.
Trent Johnson's Horned Frogs are simply looking for a win. The team's non-
conference slate proved to be encouraging, with TCU winning nine of its first
12 games. However, the Horned Frogs haven't won since late December and have
lost all six of their conference games to fall to 9-9 overall, including
Wednesday's 77-69 setback at Oklahoma.
Kansas has won five of the six all-time meetings in a series that dates back
The Jayhawks were able to distance themselves from the Bears last time out by
shooting a sterling 57.5 percent from the floor, while delivering on 26-of-29
from the free-throw line. Perry Ellis led the way, netting 16 of his game-high
18 points in the second half. Andrew Wiggins was right behind with 17 points,
while Joel Embiid chipped in with 12.
The Jayhawks are getting it done with efficient shooting, as the team ranks
fourth nationally at an impressive .506 conversion rate. The result is a
strong scoring average of 78.9 ppg. Kansas has also dominated play on the
glass with a +6.8 rebounding margin. A young squad that features three
freshmen, one sophomore and one junior in the starting lineup, is starting to
play like a veteran group. Wiggins was the star recruit and although he
hasn't put up the eye-popping numbers some thought he would, he does lead the
Jayhawks in scoring this year at 15.2 ppg. Ellis is a close second in the
scoring column at 13.2 ppg. Embiid has been the freshman that has exceeded
expectations, as he has evolved into one of the nation's most talented big men
in a short period of time. He is shooting .679 from the floor, while averaging
11.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.
Despite having three players averaging double-digit points, TCU has struggled
at the offensive end this season, averaging a modest 66.1 ppg due to a poor
.413 shooting from the field. In addition, the team has had a tough time on
the boards, getting outrebounded by just over five caroms per game. Junior
guard Kyan Anderson headlines the play for TCU, leading the team in scoring
(15.1 ppg), assists (4.6 apg) and steals (27). Amric Fields (13.8 ppg, 5.5
rpg) gives the team a frontcourt option, while Brandon Parrish (10.2 ppg)
helps out in the backcourt alongside Anderson.
The Horned Frogs put up a strong fight in Norman this week and actually tied
the game up at 66-66 with just under four minutes left. However, the Sooners
closed out with an 11-3 run to keep TCU winless in league play. The loss
spoiled a strong performance by Anderson, who led all scorers with 23 points.
Fields added 15 points to the cause, while Karviar Shepherd recorded a double-
double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
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