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TCU Fights Hard, Falls Short vs. Kansas, 64-59

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TCU basketball fought hard against Kansas all game long, but came up just short in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

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On a night that saw Kyan Anderson stuck to the bench in foul trouble for the majority of the second half, TCU needed a hero.

Trey Zeigler did his best to be that guy.

The senior scored 20 points and took over point guard duties after Anderson, who scored only 3 points on the night, picked up his fourth foul just three minutes into the second half. His heroics would fall just short though, as TCU didn't have enough to overcome Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Jayhawks.

Oubre scored 25 points on 5-10 shooting. He attempted 19 free throws on the day, thanks to some very whistle happy referees who looked lost for the majority of the game. At one point in time, during the second half, the refs called fouls on 9 of 10 Kansas possessions. On the night, they called 46 fouls, 25 on TCU and 21 on Kansas.

TCU did its best to take advantage of Perry Ellis' absence in the middle, and Kansas' bigs got into some foul trouble early, but defensively TCU gave up too many looks close to the basket.

Kansas shot 48.9% from the floor for the game, but was 0-8 from three-point range. TCU shot 40.8% from the floor, and was 1-of-6 from deep.

Kansas moves on to play Baylor in the Big 12 tournament semifinals, while TCU sits and waits to learn of its postseason fate. Currently, the 18-15 Horned Frogs are outside looking in, as far as an NIT bid is concerned, but there's still a chance they could get the call.

If they don't get into the NIT, I find it hard to see how they wouldn't get an invitation to the CBI.

All in all, let's just hope this wasn't Kyan Anderson's last game in a TCU uniform, because his performance did not do his career justice. The all-time TCU leader in steals picked up his fifth foul with about 5 minutes left, trying to pick a ball from behind. He took just three shots on the night.

So, that's it for TCU basketball, for now. We await the fate of the Frogs with great anticipation.