The rebounding differential in the first half and second half told the story of Wednesday’s contest.
“We were plus-eight in the first half and got out-rebounded in the second half by fifteen, pretty simple,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “They got every long rebound, loose ball, deflection in the second half of the game, which is where it got away from us.”
Dixon said missed layups and misses on short-range jump shots resulted in not only rebounds for the Jayhawks, but also fast break opportunities and free throws. Kansas doubled up TCU in fast break points, 12-6, and shot 15 more free throws than TCU, making 11 more free throws than the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs shot a subpar 39% from the floor Wednesday.
TCU is now on a four-game losing streak, their second such streak of the season.
“We’re a bubble team that has lost four in a row, and we’ve played ourselves onto the bubble,” Dixon said. “We lost at Baylor, at Kansas, and Iowa State, so we’re not ready to beat those teams on the road the way we play for periods of time.”
However, the Horned Frogs are already looking ahead to Saturday when they host No. 12 West Virginia, calling it their “biggest game.”
“Our biggest game of the year for us on is on Saturday,” Dixon said.
His players have the same mindset.
“We’ll work through this and Saturday is our biggest game,” TCU guard Alex Robinson Jr. said.
Robinson Jr. had a team-high 15 points and four assists. It was the 21st time this season he led the team in assists.
TCU forward Kenrich Williams agreed.
“We just have to stay together and get ready for Saturday,” Williams said.
Williams’ totaled double-digit rebounds for the fifteenth time this season with a game-high 12.
TCU returns to Schollmaier Arena Saturday to face the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.