Perhaps it’s not fair or even technically accurate, but Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners has all the earmarks of a must-win game for TCU basketball.
Sure, it’s early in conference play, but the No. 16 Horned Frogs (13-3, 1-3 in the Big 12) need a win in the worst way when they meet the No. 9 Sooners (13-2, 3-1) at noon Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young leads the nation in scoring (29.2 points per game) and assists (10.2).
They’ve been so close, dropping three of their first four league games by a combined six points. One of those was the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma when the Sooners escaped with a 90-89 win Dec. 30 in Fort Worth.
TCU has to try to do something few teams have been able to pull off: stop super freshman Trae Young.
Young, who attended Norman (Okla.) North, leads the nation in scoring (29.2 points per game) and assists (10.2). No player in NCAA history has finished the season leading the nation in both categories, according to Oklahoma’s communications director.
The 6-foot-2 Young is also grabbing almost four rebounds and two steals a game.
Young is shooting 45 percent from the field and 39 percent from the 3-point arc. He’s scored 30 or more points five times, including 39 against TCU.
Both the Frogs and Sooners are two of the highest-scoring teams in the country. Oklahoma (93.1 points per game) trails only Duke (93.5), while TCU is averaging 87.6 points a game, good for the 10th best.
No. 16 TCU at No. 9 Oklahoma
Tip: noon Saturday, Lloyd Noble Center
TV: ESPNU; Radio: KTCU/88.7 FM, KLIF/570 AM