The TCU men hit the road for a game at West Virginia on Saturday, and they no doubt hope a Kyan Anderson with a hotter hand is going with them.
Anderson, the Horned Frogs’ leading scorer, was held to only two points in Monday’s loss to Texas. He had scored 16 or more in six of the previous seven games, and he’s averaging 13.2 points for the season.
But it’s twice in five Big 12 games that the senior from North Crowley has been held under 10 points. He had eight at Kansas State two weeks ago.
Texas blocked his shot twice early in the game Monday, and he was in foul trouble, so he only played 25 minutes. But even if he doesn’t get going, someone else has to, coach Trent Johnson said.
“They’re putting the onus on other guys to step up and make plays,” Johnson said of the zone-defense approach. “So when they shade a guy and a half or two guys to Kyan Anderson, another guy is going to be open.”
Johnson was not entirely displeased with the way TCU (14-4, 1-4 Big 12) attacked the Texas zone. But too many fumbled passes inside and balls that were mishandled or simply not caught left the Horned Frogs unable to execute.
“We know how tough this league is, but bottom line, if we play like we’re capable of playing, with the type of energy and things we’ve been doing in the past, you have a decent feeling,” Johnson said.
West Virginia (15-3, 3-2) ended TCU’s 13-game winning streak to start the season. The Horned Frogs led by seven points in the opening minutes of the second half but couldn’t hold the lead against West Virginia’s pressure.
It was also only the second game in which TCU was outrebounded to that point, and Johnson also noted that the Horned Frogs weren’t as physical as West Virginia.
That appeared to also be a problem against Texas, the top rebounding team in the conference.
“They were more physical than us,” forward Kenrich Williams said.
No doubt another part of their game the Horned Frogs will want to take.
Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760
TCU men at West Virginia
1 p.m. Saturday