TCU's Karviar Shepherd drives to the basket against West Virgina's Brandon Watkins on January 4, 2016, at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at TCU

Posted January 8th, 2016

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Time: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Schollmaier Arena (capacity 8,500)

TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

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Series history: Texas leads the all-times series, 106-62. The Longhorns are 7-0 against the Horned Frogs since Fort Worth-based school joined the Big 12. Texas has not lost to TCU since 1995.

TEXAS (9-5 overall, 1-1 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318516.64.9*
2GDemarcus HollandSr.6-31903.81.9
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.61.9*
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102356.15.6
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112651.75.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (9-5, 1st year at Texas; 172-61, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: G Isaiah Taylor needs only nine points to become the 36th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points. Taylor already has two more free throw attempts this season than he did as a sophomore. Those numbers were partly skewed due to Taylor missing 10 games with a broken wrist. Still, he’s had 103 free throw attempts this season compared to 101 last year. … C Prince Ibeh averaged 9.5 rebounds so far in two Big 12 games. … This is the worst free throw shooting team (.625) that Shaka Smart has ever coached in seven seasons.

TCU (8-6 overall, 0-2 Big 12)
No. Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
2GMichael WilliamsJr.6-21955.12.6*
3GMalique TrentSoph.6-218512.33.1*
11GBrandon ParrishJr.6-62107.93.6
10FVladimir BrodzianskySoph.6-1021512.95.4
32FKarviar ShepherdJr.6-102309.07.0
Coach: Trent Johnson (46-64, 4th year at TCU; 272-249, 17th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Horned Frogs: This game marks the start of a difficult stretch for Trent Johnson’s team. Next week, TCU plays at Baylor and Kansas. … There’s no secret in how to stop the Frogs. In two conference games, Chauncey Collins and Malique Trent  have combined to score 57 of the team’s 135 points (42.2 percent). … Team captain Chris Washburn missed most of non-conference with a broken finger. In three games, he’s averaging 5.7 points in 21.7 minutes. … One underrated aspect of Karviar Shepherd’s interior play is that he usually doesn’t foul too much. Big 12 games are physical affairs, yet Shepherd averages just 2.8 fouls per game.

 

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