Big 12 season beckons as TCU closes nonconference slate

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Texas Southern

at TCU

1 p.m. Sunday, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Records: TCU 8-3; Texas Southern 4-7

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

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TCU closes its nonconference schedule Sunday and by all accounts it has been a successful one.

Despite injuries keeping Amric Fields and Hudson Price away from most of the action, the Horned Frogs (8-3) have rebounded after an 0-2 start to win eight of their past nine, with Texas Southern (4-7) on tap at 1 p.m. Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

TCU opens Big 12 play at home against West Virginia at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The improvements coach Trent Johnson has made in his second season are striking, but the real test comes in conference play, during which the Frogs went 2-16 a year ago.

The league looks even deeper than it was a year ago, all 10 teams having winning nonconference records, including five with two or fewer losses.

“At this point in time we all have to be consistent in what we’re doing both defensively and offensively, so I truly believe this is the time and we just have to continue what we’re doing,” TCU guard Kyan Anderson said. “Believing in Coach and what they’re saying works. We just have to keep doing what they ask us.”

Fields, who has been out since breaking his left, non-shooting hand in November, could be available Sunday. Price has had several weeks to get back in playing shape after battling an illness.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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