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TCU Basketball vs Kansas State: Preview

Can the Frogs snap their six-game skid?

TCU Basketball vs Texas Tech | January 21, 2020 | Schollmaier Arena | Fort Worth, TX
Can Desmond Bane stay calm and help put the Frogs back in the win column?
Melissa Triebwasser

It’s been a long time since the TCU Basketball won a game. 24 days to be exact. And that last victory seems more improbable than ever now — a win over the same Texas Tech team that drubbed the Frogs earlier this week.

But as Jamie Dixon endures the most difficult stretch of his TCU coaching career, all he can do is look to the next came, and hope that his team can finish a season sweep against Kansas State and build momentum for a less daunting stretch to close the regular season.

FEB. 15 | SCHOLLMAIER ARENA (6,800) | FORT WORTH, TEXAS | 4 PM

GAME INFORMATION

Broadcast: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Play-By-Play: Clay Matvick

Analyst: Bryndon Manzer

Online: WatchESPN.com // ESPN App

Radio: KLIF 570 AM // KTCU 88.7 FM XM 383 - (973 online)

Play-By-Play: Brian Estridge

Analyst: John Denton Online: HFTV // TuneIn

Series: Kansas State leads 16-7

In Fort Worth: KSU leads 6-2

In Manhattan: KSU leads 8-3

Neutral: Tied 2-2

First Meeting: KSU won 75-17 (12/11/47) in Manhattan

Last Meeting: TCU won 59-57 (1/7/20) in Manhattan

Winning Streak: TCU, 1

Dixon vs. KSU: 3-5

NOTES

  • TCU (13-11, 4-7) will host Kansas State (9-15, 2-9) on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. TCU will wear its purple retro uniforms with Frogs written in script on the front for the first time this season. KSU will wear white.
  • The Frogs are 11-4 at home this season. TCU has won 14 of its last 21 Big 12 home games and is 3-2 this season after going 5-4 last season. TCU is 18-14 in Big 12 home games overall under Jamie Dixon.
  • TCU leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (8.6) and ranks second in blocks (5.0) and assists per game (15.2). The Frogs rank 25th nationally in blocks per game.
  • TCU’s three returning players from last season are senior Desmond Bane and sophomores RJ Nembhard and Kevin Samuel.
  • Bane, who earned multiple preseason honors, including All-Big 12, leads the Frogs in points (16.0) and assists (3.4). Bane ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring, 3-point field goal percentage (42.4) and 3-point field goals made (2.7).
  • Samuel is shooting 65.3 percent from the field and is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the Big 12. Samuel’s 10 double-doubles leads the Big 12 and ranks 28th nationally. He’s had at least five blocks in a game seven times this season.
  • Bane is top five all-time at TCU in career points (5th), field goals (5th) and 3-pointers (4th). At 1,637 career points, Bane is chasing Dick O’Neal for fourth at 1,723 points.
  • At 144 career blocked shots, Samuel is fifth on TCU’s all-time list. Kurt Thomas is next at 166 blocks.
  • Edric Dennis is nine points away from 1,000 DI career points. Dennis was at Jackson State as a sophomore and UT-Arlington as a junior.

LAST TIME OUT

TCU lost 88-42 at No. 24 Texas Tech 88-42 Monday night. Jaire Grayer led the Frogs with 10 points. TCU shot a season-low 26.7 percent from the field, while Texas Tech shot 60.4 percent, including 13-of-22 from 3-point range (59.1 percent). TCU tied a season-high with 15 made free throws and its 68.2 percent shooting from the free throw line was its best in seven games.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

Kansas State is 9-15 overall and 2-9 in the Big 12 Conference. The defending Big 12 Champions have lost their last four games, including a 64-59 win over Oklahoma State. Senior Xavier Sneed leads the Wildcats with 14.2 points per game, while junior Carter Diarra averages 13.3 points per game. KSU leads the Big 12 with 8.5 steals per game.

SERIES HISTORY

Kansas State leads the all-time series 15-7 with a 6-2 advantage in Fort Worth. The Frogs won the first meeting this season, 59-57 on Jan. 7 in Manhattan on a Kevin Samuel tip-in with 2.0 seconds left. Desmond Bane scored a game-high 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. The Frogs have never swept the season series with the Wildcats. TCU’s last win over KSU in Fort Worth was 66-59 on Feb. 27, 2018.

UP NEXT

TCU will play at Texas (14-10, 4-7) Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Longhorn Network.