TCU basketball doesn’t have much success in Austin. Before Wednesday, the Horned Frogs had lost 14 straight at the Erwin Center — a string that dates back almost 30 years.
That streak came to an end thanks to Vladimir Brodziansky’s 19 points as TCU knocked off Texas 64-61 before a deflated home crowd of 9,661.
Kerwin Roach Jr. had a chance at the go-ahead bucket with his driving layup just before the shot clock expired. But he missed, and TCU got the rebound. Jaylen Fisher hit two free throws with 17 seconds left, giving the Frogs a three-point lead.
Alex Robinson then missed a free throw with 5.6 seconds left, and instead of rushing for a final shot, Roach dribbled around mid-court as the clock expired. The Horns were out of timeouts and couldn’t stop the clock after the missed shot.
Jarrett Allen had a disappointing night last Saturday at Iowa State. He was ready to go against TCU. The 6-foot-11 freshman had 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting and nine rebounds and scored some key buckets down the stretch. Unfortunately for Texas, he was the only one in double figures. Tevin Mack had nine points, Andrew Jones and Shaq Cleare both had eight.
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Talk about red-hot shooting. TCU blistered the nets in the first half, hitting 16 of 28 shots for a total of 57.1 percent. Not to be outdone, the Longhorns were a sizzling 53.8 percent themselves after getting 14 of 26 shots to fall true. Both teams came back down to Earth in the second half. TCU went more than eight minutes with just two field goals and was 4 for 16 through the first 12 minutes after the break.
The most intriguing news of the day actually came from Virginia, where four-star point guard Matt Coleman resides. The Oak Hill Academy standout is expected to announce his decision between Texas and Duke on Monday, according to ESPN. While that sounds promising, it was reported earlier this season that Coleman would announce something in mid-December. That didn’t happen. Either way, the Horns feel good about their position with a player who represents a serious need.
The Longhorns expend so much energy getting themselves into good spots only to give up whatever ground they’ve gained. For example, Texas had a 34-26 lead with 5:23 left before halftime. But TCU’s Alex Robinson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and then he slipped the ball to Brodziansky for a dunk. The Frogs wound up finishing the half on a 12-2 run and took a two-point lead at the break.
Fresh off a victory over No. 1 Baylor on Tuesday, West Virginia will bring its pressing defense to Austin on Saturday for a mid-afternoon 3 p.m. tipoff. It’s the second straight year coach Bob Huggins’ club has toppled a No. 1-ranked team. The 10th-ranked Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1) lead the nation in forced turnovers (24.6) and steals (12.9).
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