The Big 12 Tournament rolls on today and the Horned Frogs will be facing #1 seed Kansas in the Quarterfinals. The Jayhawks though are without Big 12 Freshman of the Year Josh Jackson, who is suspended for today's game. With their win yesterday, TCU should be feeling a lot better about their chances of getting into the NIT, and with a win today, they could work their way back to the bubble. For more on today's matchup, check out the full preview here. Here are three things to keep an eye on in this afternoon's game.
1 - Foul Trouble
When TCU played the Jayhawks close in the matchup in Fort Worth, it was because they made Josh Jackson a non-factor and Kansas only used a limited rotation. With the suspension of Jackson, Kansas is essentially down to a 6-man rotation, which means foul trouble can cause a lot of issues for them. Also, if the game does start to get physical, Bill Self may be hesitant to leave his stars in because they probably are more focused on winning the NCAA Tournament. If the Frogs can get at least one of the main guards and either Bragg or Lucas in foul trouble, then things could get very interesting.
2 - Free Throw Shooting
If the Frogs do manage to get Kansas into foul trouble and get to the line as a result, they have to be able to take advantage of it. When TCU nearly knocked off the Jayhawks in Fort Worth, they shot the bell very well from the line, going 20/25. They’ll need to repeat that kind of performance to keep themselves in it today. Free throws become much more critical in the postseason, so let’s hope they make more than the 50% they made yesterday.
3 - Brandon Parrish to Set Record
When senior Brandon Parrish checks into the game today, which is a safe bet, he will be playing in his 130th career game for TCU, which would set a new school record. The fan favorite tied Kyan Anderson and Garlon Green for the record in yesterday’s game against Oklahoma. It’ll be quite the honor for a player who embodies what it means to be a TCU Horned Frog.
Come watch and chat about the game with us and we'll see if TCU can pull it off.