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TCU Basketball Preview: Kansas State

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TCU's road schedule mercifully comes to an end this evening with a contest against Kansas State in Manhattan.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Game Time: 7:00pm CDT | Location: Bramlage Coliseum - Manhattan, KS
TV: ESPN3 | Series: KSU Leads 9-4 | Game Line: KSU -10.0

The Frogs will close out their regular season road schedule tonight with a contest against the Kansas State Wildcats. A win for the Wildcats, who are 15-14 overall and 4-12 in league play, would lock Kansas State into the 8-seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament. While it is still possible for TCU to jump to the 9-seed, the Frogs are all but locked into the bottom spot for the league tourney. TCU enters tonight's contest 11-18 overall and 2-14 league play.

The Wildcats feature just two double-digit scorers in Justin Edwards and Wesley Iwundu. Edwards holds the slightest of advantages for position as the team's top scorer, averaging 12.1 points per game. He is also the best rebounder on the team, pulling down 5.7 per game to go along with 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals. Iwundu is the team's other double-digit scorer, averaging 12.0 points per game. He also collects 4.7 rebounds to accompany his team-high 3.6 assists.

Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes provide crucial offensive support for Bruce Weber's team. Wade enters the contest contributing 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Stokes is averaging another 9.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. DJ Johnson rounds out the top performers, sporting averages of 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Collectively, the Wildcats share some of the same offensive issues that have been plaguing this year's TCU team. K-State averages just 70.6 points per game, a mark that ranks 242nd in the nation. They make up for it with a pretty sound defense that allows only 67.6 points per game to their opposition, the 74th best in the country.

The same story continues for the Frogs as Chauncey Collins and Malique Trent lead the team on offense. The duo of sophomore guards combine to score 23.7 points per game, accounting for nearly 40% of TCU's total offensive output. Collins and Trent each average 3.0 rebounds per game, while Trent leads the team with 2.7 assists each night. Both guards struggle somewhat from the field and are averaging less than 40% shooting from the field.

Vladimir Brodziansky and Brandon Parrish shoulder a significant load on the offensive end as well. Brodziansky contributes just under 10 points per game while pulling down 4.4 rebounds. As the team's best three-point shooter, Parrish adds another 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds each night. As a team, the Frogs rank 295th in the country in total scoring, managing just 67.4 points per game.

TCU Projected Starters

Kansas State Projected Starters

G

Malique Trent

11.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg

F

D.J. Johnson

8.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg

G

Chauncey Collins

11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg

F

Dean Wade

9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg

G

Brandon Parrish

8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg

F

Wesley Iwundu

12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

F

JD Miller

6.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

G

Carlbe Ervin II

3.0 ppg, 1.5 apg

F

Vladimir Brodziansky

9.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

G

Barry Brown

8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg