Alex Robinson went off late, sparking the Frogs - along with senior center Karviar Shepherd - to a dramatic come from behind win against a conference foe.
Alex Robinson scored eight of his 18 points in a second-half run that put TCU ahead for the first time and the Horned Frogs held on to beat Oklahoma 60-57 on Tuesday night.
The Horned Frogs (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) never led until Karviar Shepherd made two free throws with 3:38 left to make it 56-54. After an Oklahoma miss, Robinson made a floater.
Robinson’s layup with 13:45 ignited the 21-6 run that put TCU in the lead to stay.
This was a game TCU didn’t use to win; one in which they didn’t lead until the final moments and constantly seemed in danger of falling completely out of. But in a sign of how much times have changed, it was the Sooners that folded with the game on the line while the Frogs rose to the occasion.
For 30 minutes Tuesday, Oklahoma looked liked it had — at least for one night — left its struggles behind.
The Sooners led for much of the night but again, things fell apart late in a 60-57 men's basketball loss to TCU at Schollmaier Arena.
The junior has been an important piece of the puzzle in the past, but had fallen out of rotation lately.
Dixon, a former TCU player in his first season as the team’s coach, used several players in games throughout nonconference play but tightened his playing rotation to 10 players in last week’s 86-80 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 opener for both schools. Trent did not play in that contest, per coach’s decision.
In TCU’s first 12 games this season, Trent averaged 3.8 points per contest and 12.3 minutes per game. He arrived at TCU last season, signed by former coach Trent Johnson as a transfer from New Mexico Junior College. Trent started 27 games last season and led the team in steals, at 2.1 per game.
Where do the Frogs rank in Seth Davis’ stock report? Well, we all know coffee is for closers, so turn on the pot but maybe don’t pour yourself a cup quite yet.
TCU (11–2). Jamie Dixon is earning plaudits in his first season coaching at his alma mater. The Horned Frogs came close to knocking off Kansas at home last Friday. Remember the name Vladimir Brodziansky, even if you can’t pronounce it. The 6' 11" junior from Slovakia had 28 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in that loss.
Coach Pebley’s team is incredibly talented, but also incredibly young, and a tough slate early of conference foes has tested their mettle on the big stage.
TCU coach Raegan Pebley said her young team views the uphill battle in the Big 12 as an opportunity, and junior point guard AJ Alix was the Horned Frogs’ primary opportunity creator in the loss at Oklahoma. Aside from her season-high 23 points in Norman, she also came down with a career-high eight rebounds and dished out five assists.
Though the Frogs have gotten off to a slow start in conference play, they are a dangerous team - especially at home.
From a glance, TCU (8-5, 0-2) doesn’t look that dangerous as it hasn’t won more than 18 games in almost seven years. However, its sharpshooting culture has given the Cowgirls fits.
Littell describes the Horned Frogs as an Iowa State-like team which can shoot high-percentage shots from beyond the 3-point line that can also work inside the paint as evidenced by forward Amy Okonkwo, TCU’s leading scorer.
He’s one of the biggest names in football in Texas, and a player Frog fans can’t wait to get on campus. Fortunately, the wait is nearly over and Robinson couldn’t be more excited to be a Frog.
Scout caught up with TCU commit Shawn Robinson at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to talk about his commitment to the Frogs and more.
Gary Patterson is making a late push for one of the top players in Louisiana, the heavily-recruited safety Todd Harris. He would be a huge get on the defensive side of the ball, if the Frogs can steal him away from some top competition.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Harris is ranked as the No. 11 safety in the nation and No. 3 player from Louisiana according to the 247Sports Composite. He currently holds over 20 offers from programs including Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona State and TCU among others.
He’s the rated somewhere between the number one and number five wide receiver in Texas depending on who you listen to, and a big piece of an impressive offensive class. Despite being committed to TCU for quite some time, he has received a ton of interest late, and it appears he may take at least one more visit, possibly to Ole Miss, before signing day.
Omar Manning is committed to TCU but is thinking about at least one visit in January. Scout caught up with him at the Army Bowl to discuss that development.
This is a great article on where TCU’s recruiting stands right now, by a guy who always seems to be ahead of the curve, Jeremy Clark. Lots of insight on both sides of the ball, detailing who the Frogs have, who they are trying to get, and who they might be in danger of losing.
Every year it’s the same thing; Patterson and Co. would like to get plenty of safeties. So far for 2017, they have just one and that one could be in jeopardy of keeping. Lakendrick Van Zandt is the lone safety commit (if you count Wallow as a LB) and the staff is doing what they can to keep him, even giving him the opportunity to play running back as I mentioned previously with the running backs. The Frogs would love to keep Van Zandt at safety, but he’s also athletic enough for them to give a shot at running back, especially after his big senior season. There are a few top prospects would like to get in the fold including Todd Harris, who told HFB earlier in the week that he will take an official visit to TCU later this month. It will be a tough battle for the Frogs as they will be competing with Alabama and LSU. Elijah Walker is another top target and would make an immediate impact. He is currently committed to Kansas State but is making his final decision between the Wildcats and Frogs.