Talented freshmen for TCU men improving the offense

Posted Friday, Dec. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Tulsa men at TCU

11 a.m. Saturday, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Records: TCU 7-3; Tulsa 4-7

TV: FSSW Plus; Radio: KCLE/1460 AM; KTCU/88.7 FM

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

TCU coach Trent Johnson brushed away preseason questions about scoring. And so far the Horned Frogs have shown why.

Despite missing top scorer Amric Fields for much of the season, along with a slew of other experienced scorers because of injury, TCU is averaging nearly 70 points a game, 15 points more than a year ago.

Much of Johnson’s confidence for the offense stemmed from the talented group of freshmen he had recruited. And so far, they’ve lived up to advance billing.

In Thursday’s rout of Grambling State, three freshmen starters combined for 37 points on 12 of 21 shooting.

Center Karviar Shepherd and guard Michael Williams each had career highs with 12 and 14 points, respectively, and Brandon Parrish added 11.

TCU’s 98 points is the most for the Frogs since March 2012, an overtime loss against San Diego State. Last season, TCU scored 70 or more points three times, including twice in nonconference. The Frogs have scored at least 70 six times already this season.

“They played hard,” Johnson said Thursday. “We had better energy and got off to a good start. It was nice and long overdue. Regardless of who your opponent is, that’s something that should happen for us all the time.”

Since starting 0-2, the Frogs are 7-1 and have won three consecutive games.

Tulsa comes to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for an 11 a.m. rematch Saturday. The Frogs beat Tulsa by seven on Nov. 29 in Alaska.

After an eight-day break, TCU returns against Texas Southern on Dec. 29 before opening Big 12 play against West Virginia on Jan. 4.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
Texas5Top 6th | Box
Miami2@theBallpark | TV: FSN-SW, FSN-FL
Seattle1Top 4th | Box
Philadelphia1@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-PHI
Toronto0Bottom 1st | Box
Milwaukee0@theBallpark | TV: MLB Network, SNET-1
NY Mets 8/20 3:35 PM ET
Oakland TV: MLB Net, SNY, CSN-CA
Houston 8/20 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees TV: CSN-HOU, YES
Atlanta 8/20 7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: SPSO, ROOT-PIT
Arizona 8/20 7:05 PM ET
Washington TV: FSN-AZ, MASN
LA Angels 8/20 7:10 PM ET
Boston TV: FSN-W, NESN, ESPN 2
Detroit 8/20 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FSN-DET, Sun Sports
Cincinnati 8/20 7:15 PM ET
St. Louis TV: FSN-OH, FSN-MW
San Francisco 8/20 8:05 PM ET
Chicago Cubs TV: CSN-BA, WCIU
Baltimore 8/20 8:10 PM ET
Chicago WSox TV: MASN 2, CSN-CHI
Cleveland 8/20 8:10 PM ET
Minnesota TV: STO, FSN-N
Kansas City 8/20 8:40 PM ET
Colorado TV: FSN-KC, ROOT-RM
San Diego 8/20 10:10 PM ET
Los Angeles TV: FSN-SD, SNLA, ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 4Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: NFL Network, KDKA, 6ABC
Friday
Jacksonville 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: WXYZ7
Carolina 7:30 PM ET
New England TV: Panthers TV, WBZ
NY Giants 7:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS 2
Oakland 8:00 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Chicago 10:00 PM ET
Seattle TV: NFL Net, FOX32, Q13FOX
Saturday
Tampa Bay 4:30 PM ET
Buffalo TV: NFL Network, WFLA
Tennessee 7:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: WKRN, CW69
Dallas 7:00 PM ET
Miami TV: KTVT, CBS11, CBS4
Washington 7:30 PM ET
Baltimore TV: NBC4, CSN-DC, WBAL
St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: WKYC
New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: KARE 11, KCTV
Houston 9:00 PM ET
Denver TV: KTRK, KUSA
Sunday
San Diego 4:00 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Cincinnati 8:00 PM ET
Arizona TV: NBC
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard