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Frogs handle Tigers 60-40, go undefeated in Non-Conference

It wasn't always pretty, but the Frogs did enough to not only win against Tennessee State, but close out their non-conference with a bit of a statement.

He didn't make a shot, but he looked good doing it.
He didn't make a shot, but he looked good doing it.
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The Frogs ended non-conference play without a blemish for the first time in team history, and will welcome West Virginia to Fort Worth on Saturday as the only team in the Big 12 still undefeated.  Whether that will translate into a successful conference season or not will be the subject of some debate, I'm sure, but in the meantime it's safe to revel in an accomplishment that no TCU team has ever done before.

As for the specifics of today's game, credit must go to the defense for holding the Tigers to their second lowest scoring of the season, with only the #3 and similarly undefeated Virginia Cavaliers holding the Tigers to less.  It was a good thing that the Frogs were so stifling on defense though, as the Frogs offense had a lot of ups and downs tonight.  Although Kyan Anderson was the leading scorer once again, he had a rough night shooting the ball and only a pristine 6-6 from the line was enough to keep him from being singled out for a bad performer- You can't go 4-14 (unless you're Kobe Bryant) without getting called out a little bit, so step it up in conference, Kyan.  The TCU offense also stagnated pretty badly when Karviar Shepherd was out of the game due to foul trouble, as though Shepherd didn't have a huge offensive impact his presence drew attention inside which created a lot of open shots for the other TCU players, while the Tigers were more content to let Devonta Abron take shots when he subbed in for Shepherd- and Abron had a rough night- 2-3 from the field but 0-fer from the charity stripe.  Still, the Frogs did enough defensively that this one was never really in doubt, and so it's time to feel good about the Frogs heading into conference play for the first time in... well...

Forever it is.