TCU

TCU’s Dixon concerned about turnovers against West Virginia

TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher discusses his college debut

TCU freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher discusses his college debut after opening with 13 points, 7 assists and 4 steals against St. Thomas. Video by Jimmy Burch
Up Next
TCU freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher discusses his college debut after opening with 13 points, 7 assists and 4 steals against St. Thomas. Video by Jimmy Burch

TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon is concerned about a recent spike in his team’s turnovers since the start of Big 12 play.

It’s doubly concerning because the Horned Frogs (12-2, 1-1 in Big 12) play Saturday at No. 7 West Virginia (12-2, 1-1). The Mountaineers forced a stunning 40 turnovers, an average of one per minute, during a 108-61 rout of Manhattan in November.

Because of a relentless full-court press, West Virginia has a turnover margin of plus-14 per game that is tops among Big 12 teams by a wide margin. Three of TCU’s primary ball-handlers in Saturday’s contest (guards Jaylen Fisher, Alex Robinson, Desmond Bane) are new to the program this season and have never faced the Mountaineers.

Although TCU is at plus-3 in turnover margin, the numbers have backtracked recently because the Frogs have averaged 15.5 turnovers per game in Big 12 encounters against No. 3 Kansas (15) and Oklahoma (16).

“Their turnover numbers are dramatic, to say the least,” Dixon said during Thursday’s teleconference with Big 12 basketball coaches. “We’ve been working on a lot of drills and try and improve in that area. It will be our emphasis in practices the next two days, no question about it. We’ve been a low-turnover team all year until the last two games.”

For the season, TCU has committed 12.7 turnovers per game. The goal is to finish in single digits in each contest.

Jimmy Burch: 817-390-7760, @Jimmy_Burch

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram

  Comments