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Oklahoma State 72 TCU 57: Just not good enough

TCU’s glaring deficiencies showed up again on the road Wednesday night.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

TCU fell to Oklahoma State 72-57 on Wednesday night, dropping the Frogs to 4-5 in Big 12 play and adding another game to their losing streak.

TCU’s inconsistencies were glaring on both ends of the court against the Pokes, as the Frogs still struggle to find themselves for long stretches of games.

All season this team has seen any semblance of an offense disappear for chunks of minutes at a time, while the defense falls apart as well.

It has led to TCU now holding a four game losing streak, and a 1-5 record in conference since starting 3-0.

The deciding run on Wednesday night came in the second half. With more than 14 minutes remaining in the half, TCU found themselves in the bonus and leading 43-40.

The Frogs wouldn’t attempt another free throw until the six minute mark of the half, and in that span of time Oklahoma State went on a 19-2 run to take a commanding lead.

RJ Nembhard briefly gave the Frogs a glimpse of hope, pulling TCU to within eight, 61-53, with three minutes left in the game, but the Pokes closed the game on an 11-4 run to finish off TCU.

To add insult to injury, this was Oklahoma State’s first conference win of the season, having started conference play 0-8 including a 52-40 loss at TCU back in January.

Desmond Bane had 14 points, eight rebounds, and six assists on the night, but shot poorly and disappeared for most of the second half.

This losing streak has brought TCU’s deficiencies - an inefficient offense with little scoring support for Bane, and a defense that gets stuck in the mud at times - into the spotlight.

The Frogs have an uphill battle the rest of the way this season, and it begins when they host Kansas this Saturday at 11am.