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Frogs Go Cold, Fall 62-53

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TCU put forth the effort needed to win, but just couldn’t get shots to fall in key moments.

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The Frogs fell at home tonight against that school from Waco 62-53 in what was a back-and-forth affair throughout most of the game. The loss moves TCU to 14-5 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play.

Both teams were trading baskets and the lead during the second half until the opponent pulled away over the last 5 minutes.

Vladimir Brodziansky once again put together a complete game and was a bright spot on offense for TCU. Vlad finished the game with a double-double, leading the game with 19 points and pulling down 10 boards.

Kenrich Williams also provided some offense for the Frogs, adding in another 16 points. Kenny Hustle also led the game 12 rebounds and had a game-high 3 steals on the defensive end.

However, as a team, it was a poor shooting night for TCU. The Frogs only shot 29.3% from the field and 24% from beyond the arc. They also shot 68.4% from the free throw line.

If not for the cold night, TCU would have won this game. They outhustled their opponent and did a better job of taking care of the ball, two things that should usually produce wins.

Despite the loss, I still hold to the belief that this team is not “a year away” from being really good. The Frogs this year are a good team and a team with a legitimate shot at playing in the postseason, whether it is the NCAA tourney or the NIT. If they can find their shots again, they can come away with a win against anyone.

Going forward, TCU will travel to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys on Monday night before returning home to host Auburn on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The matchup with Oklahoma State provides another opportunity to come away with a conference road win as the Cowboys are 1-6 so far in Big 12 play. The Frogs will also need to get back on track at home and win out in Schollmaier Arena to put them on the good side of the bubble in March.