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TCU coach continues to see hard effort in Frogs despite losses

TCU forward Chris Washburn battles for control of a rebound against Kansas State’s D.J. Johnson during second-half action Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan. Washburn finished with four rebounds and seven points for the Horned Frogs.
TCU forward Chris Washburn battles for control of a rebound against Kansas State’s D.J. Johnson during second-half action Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan. Washburn finished with four rebounds and seven points for the Horned Frogs. AP

TCU lost again on the road this week. But there was more to the 79-54 final against Kansas State than the score indicated.

Coach Trent Johnson saw things in the box score that showed evidence of the Horned Frogs’ competitive level in rebounds and taking care of the ball.

“You look at the 34-30 on the glass, 11 assists, 12 turnovers for us,” he said. “We’ve gotten better in those areas.”

We’ve gotten better in those areas.

TCU coach Trent Johnson, on rebounding and avoiding turnovers

TCU lost the rebounding battle by four to Kansas State. But in the previous game, Baylor won the rebounding battle by 24. Kansas, Oklahoma State and West Virginia have also outrebounded the Frogs by double digits.

The 11 assists were under the Frogs’ 14.8 season average going into the game. The 12 turnovers were under the 14.8 season average going in.

TCU sophomore guard Chauncey Collins is averaging 14.2 points in nine games against Top 25 opponents.

Johnson said his team was fatigued in Manhattan, Kan. He said he would have liked to have had one more player, if possible.

But even undermanned, Johnson said the Frogs showed competitiveness.

“I thought the guys kept fighting,” he said. “They got frustrated, which they should have. But I mean, they kept fighting. They did a decent job. That’s shown by what you see in the box score. We got dominated on the glass by Baylor. Tonight we competed really, really well.”

3Horned Frogs who have played in every game this season. They are Vladimir Brodziansky, Brandon Parrish and JD Miller.

TCU finishes the regular season with Saturday’s noon game against Oklahoma. Senior center Devonta Abron, the team’s only senior and their leading rebounder in six games this season, will be recognized before the game. He has not played in the past three games, however, because of injury.

Three years ago, Abron had four points and six rebounds in TCU’s 70-67 victory against Oklahoma on Senior Day.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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