Men’s basketball has another tough week ahead of them

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    After TCU fell to Kansas last week, head coach Trent Johnson said that in the Big 12, the next game is always the biggest game. This week is no exception for the Frogs.

    TCU (14-9, 1-9 Big 12) dropped its sixth consecutive game on Saturday against No. 21 Oklahoma (16-7, 7-4 Big 12). The Frogs shot a dismal 28.8 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Sooners did not allow any TCU 3-pointers in the second half.

    Forward Kenrich Williams has been a bright spot this season for the Frogs. The sophomore has scored in double-figures five times in TCU’s last six games. He also leads the team on the boards with 6.8 rebounds per game.

    Now the Horned Frogs have to travel to Austin to take on Texas Wednesday at 7 p.m.

    When the Longhorns came to Fort Worth on Jan. 18, they were 15-4 on the year and ranked No. 17 in the nation, and they played like it too. Texas handed TCU its worse loss of the year up to that point as the Frogs fell 66-48.

    But now, the Longhorns (15-8, 4-6 Big 12) are on the brink of falling out of the NCAA Tournament picture after losing four of their last five games.

    Although Texas fell out of the rankings last week, the Longhorns were able to beat Kansas State 61-57 in Manhattan. Point guard Isaiah Taylor led all scorers with 23 points while forward Connor Lammert totaled 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

    Saturday, the Frogs will host No. 21 Oklahoma State (17-7, 7-5 Big 12) at 5 p.m. The Cowboys will be the seventh ranked team the Frogs have faced in their last eight games.

    The Cowboys are playing their best basketball of the season; they will be riding a three-game winning streak over ranked teams into Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. Oklahoma State took down No. 16 Baylor in Waco Tuesday night and upset No. 8 Kansas last Saturday.

    Oklahoma State is led by small forward Le’Bryan Nash, who is averaging 17.1 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. The senior is scored 22 points in Tuesday’s game against Baylor.

    Nash and the Cowboys are sitting at fifth place in the Big 12 standings. A win against the Horned Frogs could put Oklahoma State in a tie for second place if Oklahoma, Iowa State and West Virginia lose their next matchups.

    If the Frogs pull off the upset, they would still be in last place.