The Horned Frogs secured a notable victory on Wednesday night by defeating the Sooners with a final score of 80-71. Emanuel Miller led the Frogs with an impressive performance, contributing 27 points, nine rebounds and one assist.
The Sooners entered the game with positive momentum, drawing in the TCU defense to score from the inside. While Oklahoma initially held a slight lead, the game turned into a back-and-forth battle until there were six minutes left on the clock.
A personal foul on Oklahoma’s Jalon Moore presented TCU’s Xavier Cork with an opportunity for two free throws. TCU seized the lead with successful shots, making the score 25-22.
The Sooners faced challenges down the stretch, committing small mistakes such as holding the ball, missed outside shots, and fouls. Oklahoma head coach Porter Moser attributed their struggles to not playing smart in tonight’s matchup.
“We fouled some jump shooters, blew switches, and made other mistakes that all added up,” Moser stated. “There is a very small margin of error when you play a team that good. We can miss shots, but that doesn’t get you beat. We made a lot of timely mistakes, but you have to give credit to the way TCU played.”
Despite TCU’s 3-point percentage at 21.4, the Frogs forced 13 turnovers, contributing to their lead. Postgame, Miller expressed that the loss to the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks fueled their momentum to come out and dominate.
“After the game at Kansas, we knew we could play with the best of them,” said Miller. “We feel like we could be ranked number one because we can compete against anyone in this country.”
Chuck O’Bannon had a standout performance, making a significant impact for the Frogs during a 9-0 run. O’Bannon’s ‘and-one’ shot after a foul against Rivaldo Soares and a completed free throw brought the Frogs to a 35-32 game.
Avery Anderson III highlighted O’Bannon’s impact, stating, “He is a spark when he comes off the bench. He can shoot the ball, play defense, and do a lot of things that this team needs. He continues to be confident and play his game.”
O’Bannon stole the ball with 1:49 on the clock, assisting Jameer Nelson Jr. with a 3-pointer. Nelson closed out the first half with a layup, sending the Frogs into the locker room with a 40-34 lead.
Carrying the momentum into the second half, Miller had a monumental performance, surpassing the 1,000-point mark in tonight’s matchup. Miller credited his team and the TCU community for this personal accomplishment.
“I am blessed to have such a great support cast and be present in this moment,” said Miller. “Ever since I came here, my heart turned purple, and I am beyond thankful to be here.”
However, the victory wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of Avery Anderson III and Jameer Nelson Jr. Both played crucial roles on offense, distributing the ball and making significant shots. Miller acknowledged their performance, stating they were a big reason for his achievement of one thousand points.
“Both do a great job of distributing the ball and finding players in the spots that they like,” Miller said. “Avery and Jameer hit me in stride and were hitting big shots, helping me get open with the right reads off the pick and roll. They also dissect the defense.”
The Frogs will need to maintain this momentum as they prepare for their second home matchup of the week. TCU is set to face the No. 2 University of Houston Cougars on Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m.