Forcing the Cats to win through the air should be a recipe for success.
TCU’s defense is one of the best in the conference against the run. They allow 3.1 rushing yards per attempt and only 101 rushing yards per game.
“They’re very physical. I think that’s the first thing that you notice on film is how physical [TCU head] Coach [Gary] Patterson’s defense plays,” head coach Chris Klieman said. “They hit their fits, they know their assignments, they know where their help’s at. … They do all the fundamental things right.”
That physicality leads to defensive players getting in the backfield and stopping runs or pressuring the quarterback.
“They’re an attacking-style defense, and when you have that, you cause a lot of negative plays and disruption,” Klieman said. The things that we have to avoid that we’ve stubbed ourselves in the foot a little bit is having those negative plays. We have to avoid those.”
It’s almost basketball time - Bane will be ready.
“I’d like to be on that [Jerry West] watch list when it gets narrowed down to the final five,” Bane said. “I’d like to make the [Big 12] first-team after the season is over with. Most importantly, I just want to win games. I’m happy with the group of guys we’ve got and the team we have. We’re excited and looking forward to the year.”
Bane is expected to be the focal point for the Frogs’ offense this season. He returns after being last year’s leading scorer (15.2 points). In fact, he’s the conference’s leading returning scorer from last season.
It’s no surprise that coach Jamie Dixon made it clear that feeding Bane the ball is a priority this season. The Frogs would like to see Bane become a bigger 3-point threat. He averaged 4.3 attempts from long range last season, but could try and get that number up to 6-7 attempts per game this season.
“I’ve kind of been an unselfish guy in the past and I wouldn’t say I’m going to be a selfish guy this year, but like coach said a lot of the offense and things are run through me this year so it’s a little bit different look,” said Bane, who shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season.
The Frogs have struggled to get rolling in conference play.
TCU lead 19-17, but then Iowa State went on a 5-0 scoring run to take a 22-19 lead. TCU battled brought the score to one score at 24-23, but a kill by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Andersen gave Iowa State the victory in set two 25-23.
A strong start where the Cyclones hit .333 lead them to hold a 16-8 lead over the Horned Frogs in set three. The Horned Frogs looked startled later in the set, committing many errors in their own half of the court. The Cyclones dominated the rest of the set, winning the set 25-12 and the match 3-0.
Iowa State improves to 12-6 (3-3 Big 12), and TCU falls to 6-9 (1-4 Big 12).