TCU 59 BAYLOR 64
How much improved Trent Johnson’s program is might be a matter of opinion. After all, the TCU Horned Frogs almost never even had a chance to win games in the end for much of last season once conference play began. In fact, until today, the program hadn’t even seen an overtime game in two years.
But basketball is not like hockey, where you get a point for losing in overtime. All that matters at the end of the day is that TCU’s losing streak in Big 12 play is still active as the Frogs lost in overtime to No. 21 Baylor 64-59 at the Wilkerson Greines Center, dropping them to 0-3 in conference play.
Right now, this is looking like a team that has gone from not even being in Big 12 games a year ago to one that struggles to finish tight games under the pressure of Big 12 competition.
That’s not to say there weren’t circumstances the Frogs couldn’t control that may have contributed. Kyan Anderson, who led the Frogs with 16 points, slipped trying to get what would have been an easy shot to win the game at the end of regulation, then, according to observers at the game, looked timid throughout the overtime, not scoring in the extra period. It has yet to be officially confirmed if Anderson injured anything.
But that still doesn’t mean they couldn’t have taken care of business. The Frogs missed 13 of 28 free throws on the game, 11 of which came in regulation. Baylor missed 15 on its end, but benefitted from getting to the line far more often, shooting 46 free throws total.
Overall, the Frogs just look like a team that has yet to know what to do when the pressure is on. When they will figure that out remains to be seen.
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