FACTS & STATS: Site: Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) -- Norman, Oklahoma. Television: ESPN U. Home Record: TCU 8-7, OU 8-2. Away Record: TCU 1-5, OU 4-4. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, OU 3-1. Conference Record: TCU 1-9, OU 6-4. Series Record: Oklahoma leads, 9-1.
GAME NOTES: The Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs are set for a Big 12 Conference clash on Monday night, as the two squads meet up at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
TCU's inaugural season as a member of the Big 12 has not been a memorable one, as it sits at 10-13 overall and all alone in last place with a 1-9 conference record. Despite their tough season, the Horned Frogs made a huge splash in their first-ever win in their new league, shocking No. 5 Kansas last Wednesday, 62-55. They fell right back to their losing ways on Saturday however, dropping a 63-50 home decision to West Virginia.
Like TCU, Oklahoma also upset Kansas last week, winning a home matchup against the Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon, 72-66. The triumph snapped a two-game skid for the Sooners and moved them to 15-7 overall and 6-4 in the Big 12.
Oklahoma has won nine of the 10 previous meetings versus TCU. The newly-formed Big 12 rivals haven't played one another since December of 2007 when OU claimed a 90-66 decision in Fort Worth, Texas.
Although TCU hung tough with WVU for much of the way -- it was down just three midway through the second half -- the team lost control down the stretch and wound up suffering a 13-point loss. The Horned Frogs failed to help themselves with their shooting effort, making just 17-of-47 from the field (.362) and 12- of-20 from the foul line (.600). Kyan Anderson was impressive in defeat with 16 points, while Connell Crossland tallied 13 points and nine rebounds. The dismal offense performance was nothing new for TCU, as its scoring offense (54.5 ppg) not only ranks last in the Big 12, but third-worst in all of Division I, ranking only above Howard (51.6 ppg) and Grambling (48.8 ppg). The poor shooting from the field (.406) and the free-throw line (.591) all but spoils an outstanding defensive effort (58.5 ppg). Anderson puts up 11.3 ppg along with team-highs in assists (72) and steals (34), while Garlon Green chips in 10.3 ppg.
Despite getting outshot by Kansas from the field over the weekend, .463 to .448, Oklahoma opened up a four-point halftime lead and never surrendered that advantage the rest of the way. The team made seven 3-pointers, shot 13-of-16 from the foul line, and won the turnover battle, 13-11. Romero Osby shot 6- of-8 from the field for 17 points, and he also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Steven Pledger (15 points, six rebounds) and Cameron Clark (10 points) were also crucial components in the upset victory. Even though they rank in the lower-half of the Big 12 in both scoring offense (67.6 ppg) and scoring defense (63.6 ppg), the Sooners have still been able to ascend to a stellar record by sporting a +4.0 scoring margin. Osby is one of the best forwards in the conference, shooting 50.2 percent from the field and nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line for 13.9 ppg, while also tallying team-bests in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and blocks (19). Pledger (10.9 ppg) has drained 42- of-122 from 3-point range, and Amath M'Baye adds 10.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg to the mix.
TCU put together a near-perfect performance to take down Kansas last week, but that was more the exception than the rule for the Horned Frogs, as they showed in their follow-up game against WVU. At home, the Sooners should have no problem claiming their second straight victory.