Frogs return to Fort Worth, begin six-game home stretch Sunday against UTPA

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    After a five-game road trip, the TCU men’s basketball team (5-3) will return home Sunday to face the Texas-Pan American Broncos(4-7). 

    The Frogs posted a 4-1 record during the road trip with the lone loss coming against Harvard, 71-50, in the championship of the Great Alaskan Shootout.

    “It was a pleasing trip with the exception of the first 15 minutes of the Harvard game,” TCU head coach Trent Johnson said.

    The Frogs also beat Mississippi State 71-61 in Starkville, Miss., as part of the Big 12-SEC challenge.

    “Any time you win on the road, I think it gives you a level of confidence,” Johnson said.

    TCU hopes to continue that success at home. Sunday’s game against University Texas Pan American marks the beginning of a six-game home stand for the Frogs.

    “We gotta get some guys healthy,” Johnson said. “We gotta do a better job of competing and playing well at home.”

    Several players are currently battling injuries for the Frogs including junior forward Amric Fields and freshman guard Hudson Price.

    “Somebody told me three weeks,” Johnson said of Fields’ injury. “Somebody told me four weeks, so I don’t know.”

    Fields, who had recently returned from an ACL injury that cost him most of last season, broke his hand in the Harvard game. He was averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds off the bench in the four games he played prior to the hand injury.

    Price, who sustained a concussion during the road trip before getting sick, may make his return on Sunday.

    “We’ll see what happens but he looked okay [Monday],” Johnson said.

    The 6’6” guard from Orlando has only played in two games this season.

    While injuries have certainly been an issue for the Frogs, young players like sophomore guard Charles Hill Jr. and freshman center Karviar Shepherd have stepped up when called upon to make an impact.

    “[Shepherd] has played really well,” Johnson said. “He’s not there yet, but he’s having a hard time getting the ball.

    The highest-rated prospect to ever sign with TCU has averaged 7.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season.

    “When you start talking about the defense and you start talking about his rebounding, he’s been very, very good,” Johnson said. “And he has to because we’re not very deep there.”

    Hill Jr., a Fort Worth native, scored 20 points in TCU’s 71-61 victory over Mississippi State last Thursday.

    “We talk to our guys about being aggressive and, if the opportunity presents itself, you need to make plays,” Johnson said.

    Johnson praised his team’s effort in the Big 12-SEC Challenge win and spoke highly of the Big 12 as a whole.

    “If TCU is at the bottom, this conference is pretty strong,” Johnson said.

    Tip-off for TCU’s game against UTPA is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.