This team is good enough to play with everybody, but they still have to prove that they’re good enough to beat everybody, too.
“We’re right there,” Bane said, assessing the Frogs’ first three Big 12 games. “We’ve just got to be able to make the plays down the stretch and finish games.”
The Frogs, playing in front of a second consecutive sellout, stumbled out of the gate. They made their first three shots, but Kansas more than matched that by making its first seven to lead 18-8. It meant another comeback attempt for the Frogs, who trailed OU 11-0 last week.
“Well, that’s two,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “Second disappointing loss. But we got what we deserved. We did the things we didn’t want to do.”
“Our defense is not where we need to be,” Dixon said. “We continue to bail people out and get them to the free throw line.”
Self was downright mad after the game when talking about his suspended players, but he’s got plenty to worry about regarding the guys on the court, even after a road win.
What they were dealing with Saturday night was a team that simply couldn’t hang with TCU’s big men. Kansas got outrebounded by 14; TCU grabbed 11 more rebounds than Kansas just on the offensive end. Center Udoka Azubuike played well when he was on the floor, but he was barely on the floor, fouling out late in the second half after playing only 13 minutes. It took a heroic effort from senior point guard Devonte’ Graham (“He just didn’t let us lose,” Self said after Graham scored 28 points in 38 banged-up minutes) and a surprising bench boost from sophomore big man Mitch Lightfoot (six blocked shots, including on a late TCU 3-point attempt that sealed the game for Kansas) to pick up this solid road victory.
Kansas shot 33 free throws, 20 above their per game average. Hmm... They also hit 10 of their first 12 attempts from the field. But TCU had their chances, they just couldn’t convert.
TCU: After falling behind by 10 again early in the second half, the Frogs bounced back and were within 48-47 when Bane beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from the left side. But TCU then went cold from the field and did get even, or ahead, until the quick spurt by Brodziansky.
The Frogs signed two of the top ten prospects in the region.
Take it from this Star-Telegram writer. The o-line gets no love and seldom the attention of the “skilled” position players, yet it’s arguably the most important position group on any football team.
Some of the top high school prospects in the country are lined up front, many of them deciding to sign during the inaugural Early Signing Period, which ran from Dec. 20-22. Those that didn’t will be able to sign their National Letter of Intent on Feb. 7 during National Signing Day.