TCU head coach Trent Johnson said the men’s basketball team played better against Texas on Tuesday than any other time in the past two and a half weeks.
The Frogs shot 45.7 percent from the field, the best they have shot in conference this season. TCU also had a season-high 16 assists.
“We’ve known all year long that our margin for error is very slim,” Johnson said after the loss to Texas. “We have to play close to perfect. “
Finding conference wins will not get easier for the Frogs as they travel to Lawrence, Kan., looking to complete the season sweep of Kansas.
The No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks (22-4 overall, 10-3 Big 12) defeated Oklahoma State 68-67 in double overtime Wednesday to extend its win streak to three games. The win came against the same Oklahoma State squad that started Kansas on a three game losing skid in early February.
The Jayhawks sit in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 after winning the season series over Kansas State who is also 10-3 in conference.
Freshman guard Ben McLemore leads the Jayhawks’ attack with 16.3 points per game. Kansas has the league’s top shot blocker in senior center Jeff Withey. Withey also grabs a team-high 8.6 rebounds per contest.
TCU (10-16, 1-12 Big 12) found its lone conference win when the Jayhawks were struggling. This time Kansas is coming off wins over Kansas State and Texas in addition to the nail biter over the Cowboys.
In the Frogs’ win on Feb. 6, they held the Jayhawks to season-lows in shooting percentage (29.5) and points (55). TCU hit 39.1 percent from the floor and never trailed.
Since the win, the Frogs have dropped four in a row. Senior forward Garlon Green, who led the Kansas upset with 20 points, has only broken the double digit barrier once since the win (15 against Texas).
“It’s hard to win,” Johnson said. “I don’t think people in general realize that in college basketball. I don’t care how talented you are. I don’t care how deep you are. It’s really hard to win.”
When: Sat., Feb. 23, 3 p.m.
Where: Allen Field House
TV: Big 12 Network
Radio: 88.7 FM KTCU the Choice, 570 KLIF AM