South Dakota State will test TCU’s basketball streak

Brandon Parrish and TCU are 2-0 this season.
Brandon Parrish and TCU are 2-0 this season. Special to the Star-Telegram

The TCU men’s basketball team encounters its first real test of the season Saturday with a nonconference game with South Dakota State.

The Jackrabbits, 3-0 under longtime coach Scott Nagy, return almost all of their key pieces from an NIT team last season.

Tipoff is 1 p.m. at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

“South Dakota State is very, very good,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “Two teams last year in college basketball that I thought should have been in the NCAA Tournament, one was South Dakota State.”

16.0 Points per game by Vladimir Brodziansky, who leads five Frogs in double figures

The other, the coach said, was Colorado State, which lost to the Jackrabbits in the first round of the NIT. South Dakota State’s season ended in the second round with a loss to Vanderbilt.

“They’re used to winning and very well coached,” Johnson said.

TCU comes in 2-0, after a 90-63 victory over Houston Baptist on Thursday. The triumph marked the Horned Frogs’ 20th consecutive nonconference win, dating to 2013.

Vladimir Brodziansky leads five Frogs scoring in double figures, but it’s on the defensive end that the coach said he wants to see marked improvement before the Big 12 season begins Jan. 2.

TCU will get a better idea of its defensive progress after facing a Jackrabbits team that is averaging 85 points a game.

“I’m eager to see how we respond,” Johnson said.

TCU men vs. S. Dakota St.

1 p.m. Saturday, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center