Just one game into the season, a couple of strengths have begun appearing for TCU men’s basketball.
The Horned Frogs are rebounding and blocking shots.
They had 50 rebounds in Friday night’s opener against Prairie View A&M. It had been seven seasons since a TCU team had done that. Of the 50, 17 were offensive rebounds — a number that beat any game last season.
The Horned Frogs (1-0) also blocked 10 shots against Prairie View. No TCU team had done that in more than a decade. Six players got a block. Sophomore Kenrich Williams led the team with three.
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Karviar Shepherd posted a double-double for the Horned Frogs, and Kyan Anderson opened with double-digit scoring after finishing last season with 14 consecutive games in double-digit scoring.
The strong start on the boards and interior defense is an encouraging sign for the Horned Frogs, who lacked depth and “length” last year to secure those kinds of numbers. Monday night, they host Washington State in a bid to establish consistency in those areas.
Washington State is 0-1 after its season opener against UTEP, a 65-52 loss. Senior DaVonte Lacy, who averaged 19.4 points for the Cougars last year, scored 15 points and had seven rebounds.
The Cougars are an experienced team with nine letter-winners and three returning starters for first-year coach Ernie Kent, who spent his previous 13 seasons at Oregon.