TCU was able to put an end to their 7-game skid by defeating the Sooners 82-63 in the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament. This is the third consecutive season that the Frogs have won a First Round game in Kansas City. Also, of the last 10 matchups between #8 and #9 seeds, the #9 seed had won 8 times, so TCU did buck that trend.
Both teams got off to hot starts out of the gate and it went back-and-forth for most of the 1st half. Oklahoma and TCU were tied at 29 at the final media timeout, but the Frogs used a 15-2 run to close out the half and take a 44-31 lead into the break. Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams were stellar in the 1st half. Vlad had 14 points on 7/8 shooting to go along with 5 rebounds. Kenny Hustle also had 14 points on 6/7 shooting to go with 4 boards and 3 steals.
The Frogs and the Sooners both seemed to be more settled in to start the 2nd half. TCU did manage to keep their lead in double-digits through the first 10 minutes, despite some dunks by Khadeem Lattin that could have swayed the momentum to Oklahoma. However, the Frogs used some mini-runs to gradually extend their lead and were able to hold on and win.
As a team, the Frogs played what may have been their best full game. TCU shot 60% from the field and made 44.4% of shots from beyond the arc. They assisted on 60.6% of made field goals and outrebounded the Sooners 33-31. They also did a good job taking care of the ball, only turning it over 8 times. However, the Frogs struggled from the free throw line, going 8/16.
Vlad was the star of the game for TCU, finishing with 20 points on 10/13 shooting. He also had 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Kenrich Williams finished the game with a double-double, his 14th of the season. Kenny Hustle dropped in 19 points on 8/10 shooting and pulled down 11 boards while also managing 3 steals.
Alex Robinson also played very well tonight, adding another 17 points on 6/10 shooting and nearly had a double-double, finishing with 9 assists.
Oklahoma just couldn’t keep up with the Frogs from the field, where they shot 40.7%. The Sooners were led by Khadeem Lattin, who finished the game with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
The Frogs will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm in the quarterfinals. They’ll be facing #1 seed Kansas, but the Jayhawks will be without Big 12 Freshman of the Year Josh Jackson, who is suspended for tomorrow. That game will be televised on ESPN2.