This one swung wildly in the first 20 minutes, with TCU pulling away in the final 20.
But the rematch hardly followed the same script as TCU’s 93-80 victory in Vegas. This time around, the Horned Frogs hit only one of their first 12 shots and needed to rally with an 18-0 run late in the first half to turn the momentum on a night when the Frogs were outrebounded, 46-33, but overcame it by forcing a season-high 25 turnovers by the Huskies (4-3).
Defense was massive in this win.
The Huskies had 25 turnovers, compared to TCU's nine. The Frogs also had 12 steals on the night, most of which came in the first half as the defensive effort helped spur on the the offensive comeback. Vladimir Brodziansky's interior defense was immense, and Kenrich Williams and Alex Robinson each had 3 steals.
Ball movement and defense have been key in the 7-0 run to start the season.
Being a Dixon coached team, TCU is — naturally — also sharing the ball well (36th in total assists), playing the sort of brutally physical defense that became Pitt’s identity under the coach (only allowing 66 per game), and the fact the Horned Frogs are scoring — regardless of the competition — 82.5 points per outing is an incredible harbinger of what can possibly await the program when more naturally gifted players come to the university.
TCU won 73-47 to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The bulk of TCU’s 11 makes from 3-point range came on drive-and-dish plays or kick-outs from the post, the kind of shots TCU coach Raegan Pebley wants her team to look for. The ball was staying out on the perimeter too much while Butler built a 12-0 lead in the first, but as TCU battled back to take the lead before the end of the quarter, crisp ball movement was why.