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Offense making its mark early for TCU men, but it’s no news to coach

Through three games, the TCU men are showing some punch on the offensive end.

The Horned Frogs are averaging 79.3 points in a 3-0 start as they go into Monday’s game against Mississippi Valley State (0-3). TCU has averaged better than 70 points for a season only once in the past nine years.

Four players are averaging double figures, led by Brandon Parrish, who had 22 points on Thursday night against New Orleans, and Kyan Anderson, each at 11.7 per game. Karviar Shepard has averaged 11.0, and Kenrich Williams 10.0 off the bench.

Does it give coach Trent Johnson more confidence about the offense?

He shrugs.

“Nah. I don’t worry about offense,” he said. “I’ve never worried about it. Yeah, I feel OK. We’re shooting the ball well. Our assist-to-turnover ratio is good. But I don’t worry about that. I worry about rebounding, I worry about taking care of the ball.”

TCU has shot 48 percent (84-of-175) in its three games. Five minutes into the second half against New Orleans, the Frogs were shooting 71 percent for the game. Four of the starters are shooting 50 percent or better.

From the 3-point line, the Frogs are 40 percent (17-for-42).

It is all happening without a major emphasis from Johnson.

He said the offense is supposed to produce opportunities, and the players are supposed to execute when they get them.

“Hit open shots,” Johnson said. “This offensive system, everywhere I’ve been, it’s been good. It’s won at every level. So I don’t worry about that.”

For Johnson, the offensive efficiency is one sign that the Frogs are mentally into the games. The other is how they’ve have opened with good defensive energy in each game.

“They want to win every possession offensively, and they want to win every possession defensively,” he said. “And that’s good.”

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