Men’s basketball back on the road against Oklahoma

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    The TCU men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday afternoon as they travel to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

    TCU (17-11, 4-11 Big 12) has won three of its last four after defeating Texas Tech Wednesday night 71-54 at the Wilkerson Greines Activity Center.

    Senior Kyan Anderson led the Frogs in scoring with 17 points as they completed the series sweep of the Red Raiders.

    TCU head coach Trent Johnson liked that his team won despite a somewhat sloppy performance.

    “We didn’t play as well as we had the previous three games, but that’s hard to do,” Johnson said. “For us to not play well and be able to win a game in this league speaks volumes about how much this team has grown and matured.”

    The Frogs may need to turn in a better performance to knock off an Oklahoma team that’s played well lately. The Sooners have won seven of their past eight games.

    Oklahoma (19-8, 10-5 Big 12) knocked off Texas Tech in it’s last outing 79-75 in overtime on Saturday. The Sooners held off a late Red Raider rally to secure the road victory.

    Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger was happy with how his team responded to Tech’s second half comeback.

    “I am proud of our guys to regroup there in overtime after a tough finish and find a way to win a ballgame,” Kruger said.

    Buddy Hield has led the way for the Sooners this season averaging 16.9 points per game. He had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting against the Frogs this year.

    Oklahoma claimed a 68-56 win over TCU earlier this month at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. Ryan Spangler led the way for the Sooners in that contest with 21 points.

    OU held TCU to 32 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers in the matchup.

    Johnson knows execution is crucial when playing the Sooners.

    “We had a couple of bad turnovers, missed a couple open shots and because they are so skilled we fell behind,” Johnson said after the 12-point loss.”They are active with their hands, they challenge shots and there’s a reason why they are as good as they are.”

    Oklahoma has been difficult to beat at home, as they have a 14-1 record at the Lloyd Noble Center this season. TCU has never beaten OU in Norman.

    Oklahoma leads the all-time series 13-2, with TCU’s last victory coming in the finale of the Frogs inaugural Big 12 season.