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TCU seeks to snap Baylor losing streak

TCU coach Trent Johnson gives instruction to his players during the first half of Saturday’s game against Texas. The Horned Frogs visit Baylor on Wednesday night coming off a 58-57 victory against Texas.
TCU coach Trent Johnson gives instruction to his players during the first half of Saturday’s game against Texas. The Horned Frogs visit Baylor on Wednesday night coming off a 58-57 victory against Texas. AP

Fresh off breaking an 11-game losing streak to Texas in men’s basketball, TCU can turn its attention to breaking another.

The Horned Frogs have lost seven consecutive games to Baylor going into Wednesday night’s game at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

“They’ve pretty much handled us since we’ve been in the league,” coach Trent Johnson said.

He’s right.

Since joining the Big 12, TCU has lost those seven meetings against Baylor by an average of 18.9 points. There have been losses of 33, 27 and 26 points. Only twice have the Frogs been within single digits of the Bears — an eight-point loss at the conference tournament two years ago and a seven-point loss in overtime in Fort Worth last year.

TCU has won in Waco only twice since 1992.

“We haven’t had any answers in terms of being able to compete with them since we’ve been here,” said Johnson, whose arrival at TCU coincided with the move to the Big 12. “They’re really talented and cause a lot of problems.”

Baylor (12-3, 2-1) entered the AP poll at No. 22 this week, coming off a 94-89 victory at Iowa State built on a 60-point second half. Iowa State had not lost at home since losing to Baylor last year.

The Bears’ only losses this year are at Oregon, at Texas A&M and at Kansas. Senior forward Taurean Prince is fifth in the Big 12 in scoring at 15.7 points per game, and senior forward Rico Gathers leads in rebounding at 10.9 per game.

“They’re very, very good,” Johnson said. “Obviously talented. They just cause you so many problems, because they come at you in waves. You don’t go to Iowa State and beat them last year and this year without being a really good basketball team.”

TCU (9-6, 1-2) has only one player among the top 20 scorers in the league. Sophomore forward Vladimir Brodziansky is at 12.2 points per game but has scored only 16 points in three league games. He was replaced in the starting lineup on Saturday by junior Chris Washburn, who had missed the first 11 games with a hand injury.

The Frogs are last in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Johnson laid out the steps for success in Waco, or anywhere else.

“The same thing we’ve been working on all year long — we’ve got to try to keep people off the glass, and we’ve got to take care of the ball better,” he said. “Match their energy, compete on the glass, take care of the ball, step up with confidence on the offensive end, shoot the ball and compete.”

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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