If TCU wasn’t going to win its regular-season finale Saturday — and playing No. 6 Oklahoma, that qualified as a long shot — at least the team wanted to get something out of it for next week in Kansas City, Mo.
The Horned Frogs arguably got that done.
Brandon Parrish scored 20 points, and the Horned Frogs shot 43 percent and forced 17 turnovers in their 75-67 loss to the Sooners at Schollmaier Arena.
“Hopefully we can use the momentum from this game and shift it over and extend our life for the rest of the season,” Parrish said.
TCU lost its seventh consecutive game and completed an 11-20 regular season, its fourth 20-loss season in six years.
TCU (11-20, 2-16) will meet Texas Tech in a first-round game at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City next week. They’ll take a sense of accomplishment despite what is now a seven-game losing streak.
“We had a lot of guys step up defensively,” Parrish said. “That team had 17 turnovers. Their assists exceed their turnovers by two most times. So I think we did a good job defensively in kind of shaking them up.”
TCU led until the 9:17 mark of the first half, when national player of the year candidate Buddy Hield hit his second 3-pointer to make it 19-18, and the game stayed close until the final seven minutes.
That’s when TCU’s Chris Washburn missed the first of a 1-and-1 bonus, Dinjiyl Walker hit a 3 for Oklahoma, Washburn missed a 3, then Hield scored for a 57-50 lead with 6:17 left. Hield’s 3 on the next possession made it 60-52, and that was all the separation the Sooners needed.
Oklahoma finished 11 for 22 on 3-pointers.
We’ve got to find a way to finish this thing with a positive taste in our mouth in terms of playing good basketball and winning a game.
TCU coach Trent Johnson
“They did what great teams do — not good teams, that’s a great basketball team — they capitalized and hit a 3,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said of the Sooners following the Washburn missed free throw. “I can’t fault our effort. I mean, obviously we were our own Achilles’ heel at times. But a lot of that had to do with the caliber of this team that we were playing.”
Still, the Horned Frogs walked away with a sense of improvement, at least judging from the last time they played Oklahoma — a 95-72 loss in Norman on Feb. 2.
“The score’s indicative of that,” Johnson said. “I think it was a great improvement, because when we played them the first time at their place, we were really healthy. And this time, we weren’t exactly healthy.
“But that’s been our problem all year long — we’ve been real inconsistent, whether it’s been at home or on the road, with our play. We’ve got to find a way to finish this thing with a positive taste in our mouth in terms of ... winning a game.”
6Steals by Malique Trent against Oklahoma, the most by a TCU player since Greedy Daniels had seven at Fresno State on Jan. 10, 2001.
Chauncey Collins finished with 12 points for TCU, and Vladimir Brodziansky added 10. Malique Trent finished with a season-high six steals for the Frogs.
Hield finished with 21 points for Oklahoma (24-6, 12-6), which will be the No. 3 seed at the Big 12 tournament and take on Iowa State at 8 p.m. Thursday.
TCU, which suffered its fourth 20-loss season in six years, is the No. 10 seed and plays Texas Tech at 8 p.m. Wednesday.