Three Frogs finished in double-figures, but it wasn't enough to overcome a major talent disparity against the 7th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. After 40 minutes of dominance, KU took home a 75-56 win over TCU in Fort Worth this afternoon.
Brandon Parrish and JD Miller led the Frogs in scoring, each with 13 on the day. Miller came off the bench to also grab five rebounds and shoot 7/8 from the line in what was his best game in a TCU uniform thus far. Chauncey Collins was the only other Frog in double-figures, adding 10 points to what resulted in one of TCU's worst offensive performances of the season.
As a team, the Frogs shot 14/49, which equates to just a season-low 28.6% from the field. TCU finished the game 5/18 from behind the arc and 23/33 from the line. Ten turnovers and 18 personal fouls did nothing to help the cause.
Across the court, Perry Ellis led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds on an 11/14 shooting day from the field. Each one of Ellis' made baskets came in the paint against a TCU defense that couldn't stop much of anything. Devonte Graham added 15 points while Frank Mason knocked in another 13. Kansas shot an even 50% from the field, connecting on 29 of their 58 shot attempts. TCU's perimeter defense performed admirably, holding KU to just 6/22 from deep.
The battle on the glass proved to be a major factor in the game as KU gobbled up seemingly every loose ball. At the half, Kansas had more rebounds (25), than TCU had points (20). After the end of the day, the Jayhawks out-rebounded TCU 46-25.
Offensively, the Frogs never found a rhythm, struggling from the opening tipoff until the final buzzer. With five missed three-pointers on the first seven possessions, TCU quickly found themselves in a 7-0 hole. Kansas never let off the gas, eventually opening a 38-14 advantage just minutes before the intermission. Five quick points from Vladimir Brodziansky off the bench inched the Frogs slightly closer, cutting the deficit to 38-20 at the half.
Kansas came out of the second half gate with the same offensive intensity they had in the first, maintaining a 20-point lead for much of the frame. The Frogs briefly cut the deficit to 52-36, before a Bill Self timeout that put his team back on track. The two teams would trade blows for much of the remainder of the game, ultimately resulting in a 19-point victory for the Jayhawks.
The loss drops TCU to 10-13 overall and 1-9 in Big 12 play, with losses to seven consecutive league opponents. The Frogs return to action Monday night as the team hosts Oklahoma State in what is likely the last solid opportunity for a victory this season. Tipoff on Big Monday is set for 6:00 PM on ESPNU.