'Horns and Frogs mix it up in Big 12 action

10:29 AM, Feb 4, 2014   |    comments
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Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns will try to avoid a letdown on Tuesday night, as they visit the TCU Horned Frogs for a Big 12 Conference matchup at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Texas, which has ripped off six straight wins, made a tremendous jump in the national rankings on Monday, moving to No. 15 following its 81-69 victory over Kansas on Saturday. The Longhorns are now 17-4 overall and 6-2 in league play, which has them right in the thick of the Big 12 title chase. They will be on the road this Saturday as well, taking on Kansas State.

TCU has not been even close to competitive in the Big 12 this season, with eight losses in as many chances against conference foes. The Horned Frogs' losing ways have dropped them to 9-11 overall, with that including just a 5-5 mark at home. Their next game is on the road against Iowa State.

This rivalry has been extremely one-sided recently, with Texas earning wins in 11 of the last 12 meetings. Texas also leads the all-time series by a considerable margin (105-62).

The Longhorns dominated in the first half and held on in the second to top Kansas. Texas limited the Jayhawks to eight field goals in the opening period, and then nailed 20 shots at the free-throw line to close out the final 20 minutes. Isaiah Taylor (23 points) and Jonathan Holmes (22) led the way.

The scoring load is usually more balanced for the Longhorns, who feature four players averaging in double figures. Holmes (13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is the leader of the group, as well as one of the better rebounders on the roster. Taylor (12.2 ppg, 3.5 apg) is a solid scorer as well, teaming with Javan Felix (12 ppg, 3 apg) in the UT backcourt. Felix can score, but he is prone to spurts of inconsistency as he is connecting on just 35.5 percent from the floor. Cameron Ridley (11 ppg, 7.9 rpg) is rarely the primary scoring option, but he leads the team in both rebounds and blocks.

TCU came as close to picking up a victory as it has in quite some time against Texas Tech on Saturday, but still fell short in a 60-54 final. Kyan Anderson tallied 22 points for the Horned Frogs, who shot 45 percent from the floor, but also turned the ball over 20 times.

Not surprisingly, TCU is not scoring much this season, ranking dead last in the Big 12 in that category (65.6 ppg), as well as in field goal percentage (.416). The Horned Frogs are also the worst rebounding team in the conference (32 rpg). Anderson (15.3 ppg, 4.7 apg) can score and pass with equal success, but he hasn't gotten much support. Amric Fields (13.4 ppg) and Brandon Parrish (10.4 ppg) are the team's other double-digit scorers, while Karviar Shepherd (8.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg) leads the way on the glass. However, Shepherd did not play against Texas Tech.

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