With only 6 games to go in Big 12 play before the conference tournament, TCU is looking to add an important win to their resume. For more on the matchup before it gets started, check out the preview here. Here are the three things to watch as we approach tip off.
1 - Taking Care of the Ball
The Frogs turned the ball over seven times against Baylor on Saturday and lost by 18, but beat Texas Tech last Tuesday by one while turning it over 21 times. Stats can be weird sometimes but it is important to limit turnovers because they can kill momentum and any chances to win. If TCU had taken better care of the ball against the Red Raiders, the game probably would not have been so close down the stretch. However, against an up-tempo team like Oklahoma State, it will be critical to take care of the ball and limit fast break opportunities for the Cowboys. The Frogs only had 12 turnovers when these teams met in Stillwater and were in that game until the final six minutes.
2 - Bouncing Back
TCU’s game on Saturday against Baylor was not good. However, the Frogs have had some off nights before too, such as their Big 12/SEC Challenge game against Auburn. After a rough game against the Tigers, TCU managed to bounce back and get a key win in Manhattan over Kansas State. They were aggressive and shot the ball well against the Wildcats, which is what they will need to do tonight in order to take down Oklahoma State. In that effort, the entire team did their part to get the win, as six players finished with double-digit points and the team had 20 assists and 13 steals. JD Miller was exceptionally good, finishing with 18 points on 7/10 shooting and 4/5 from beyond the arc.
3 - Brandon Parrish
Parrish started when the two teams met in Stillwater and played 18 minutes, but finished with just a single point and was 0/6 from the field, including 0/4 from three. He has been a vocal leader for TCU this season and I believe that no player is more fired up about the potential of getting the Frogs into the dance than Parrish. He will likely come off of the bench tonight, but if he can come in and provide a spark by knocking down a couple from deep or infusing the team with some emotion, then the Frogs should be able to find a way to get a win tonight.
So, come watch and chat about the game with us and hopefully TCU can come away with a victory.