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TCU Basketball at Oklahoma State: Preview

Can the Frogs get an elusive road win?

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After such a promising start to Big 12 play, TCU Basketball is in a free-fall of sorts over the last few weeks. Pummeled at the hands of West Virginia and Oklahoma on the road, only a surprising win against Texas Tech at home prevented a five game slide. As it stands, the Horned Frogs have lost four of their last five, and thus, face a virtual must-win on the road in Stillwater Wednesday to stay on the NCAA Tournament bubble halfway through league play.

FEB. 5 | GALLAGHER-IBA ARENA (13,611) | STILLWATER, OKLA. | 7 PM

TCU Horned Frogs (13-8, 4-4 Big 12)

HC: Jamie Dixon (TCU ‘87)

At TCU: 81-49 (4th)

Career: 409-172 (17th)

OKLAHOMA STATE Cowboys (10-11, 0-8 Big 12)

HC: Mike Boynton (South Carolina ‘03)

At School: 43-56 (3rd)

Career: Same

GAME INFORMATION

Broadcast: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Play-By-Play: Mark Neely

Analyst: Lance Blanks

Online: WatchESPN.com // ESPN App

Radio: KLIF 570 AM / KTCU 88.7 FM XM 388 - (978 online)

Play-By-Play: Brian Estridge

Analyst: John Denton

Online: HFTV // TuneIn

Series: Oklahoma State leads 26-9

In Fort Worth: OSU leads 9-5

In Stillwater: OSU leads 12-2

Neutral: OSU leads 5-2

First Meeting: OSU won 48-22 (1917-18) in Fort Worth

Last Meeting: TCU won 52-40 (1/11/20) in Fort Worth

Winning Streak: TCU, 2

Dixon vs. OSU: 8-5

NOTES

  • TCU will play its fifth road contest in seven games when it plays at Oklahoma State Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
  • TCU is 1-4 on the road this season. All four losses are to teams with a NET of 50 or better.
  • TCU was last 4-4 through eight Big 12 Conference games in 2018, when it finished 9-9 and made the NCAA Tournament.
  • TCU leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (9.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.1) and ranks second in blocks per game (4.8) and assists (15.6).
  • TCU ranks in the top 40 nationally in assists (29th, 15.6), blocked shots (29th, 4.8) and scoring defense (40th, 63.3).
  • TCU has three returning players from last season, including two starters, senior Desmond Bane and sophomore Kevin Samuel. Bane, who earned multiple preseason honors, including All-Big 12, ranks high in the conference in several categories including second in scoring average at 16.3 points per game. He’s eighth in assists (3.4) and 12th in rebounds (6.3).
  • Bane leads the Big 12 Conference in 3-point field goals made (2.8) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4).
  • Samuel is shooting 67.1 percent from the field, which ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA. His 8.7 rebounds per game ranks fifth in the Big 12. Samuel’s 10 double-doubles leads the Big 12 and ranks 22nd nationally. He’s averaging 15.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in the last four games.
  • At 1,596 career points, Bane is seventh on TCU’s all-time scoring list. Next on the list is Kyan Anderson at 1,624 points.
  • At 136 career blocked shots, Samuel is fifth on TCU’s all-time list. Kurt Thomas is next at 166 blocks.

LAST TIME OUT

A late comeback push was stalled by the Baylor defense as the TCU men’s basketball team fell to the No. 1 ranked Bears, 68-52, in Waco Saturday afternoon. Kevin Samuel scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and had seven rebounds and six blocks, which tied a career high. RJ Nembhard had eight points and a career-high eight rebounds.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

Oklahoma State is 10-11 overall and 0-8 in the Big 12, following an 82-69 loss at Oklahoma Saturday. The Cowboys last win came in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, 73-62 at Texas A&M on Jan. 25. OSU are led in scoring by sophomore guard Isaac Likekele’s 11.4 points per game.

SERIES HISTORY

TCU has won four of the last six meetings with Oklahoma State, including the last two. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 26-9 and won the last meeting in Stillwater, 68-61, last season. Behind 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, the Frogs won the game played on Jan. 11 earlier this season, 52-40. The TCU defense held the Cowboys to just 16-for-53 (.302) shooting from the floor, the lowest opposing field goal percentage given up by TCU since the 2014-15 season.

UP NEXT

TCU will host No. 3 Kansas Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.