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Shocking TCU win may be biggest ray of hope

TCU 70 OKLAHOMA STATE 55
If there was any hope that maybe, just maybe, TCU basketball can compete in the Big 12, it may have come today.
The home crowd in Fort Worth finally got to see a Horned Frogs win for the first time since the 2013 season finale as TCU knocked off No. 21 Oklahoma State 70-55 at the Wilkerson Greines Center.
It may be hard to describe, but the operators of the TCU sports blog Frogs O’ War may have summed it up via Twitter.
“Folks that’s what happens when your shots fall, your free throws fall, and you rebound like you’re capable. Hopefully we see more of that.”
Indeed, the Frogs shot 52 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the line, with Kyan Anderson’s 14 points leading a balance attack that saw four Frogs in double figures and Kenrich Williams falling one basket short of becoming a fifth.
If TCU could have only had more efficiency on offense, this season might have been different to this point. The Frogs have the fourth-best scoring defense in the conference and are third in defensive field goal percentage. But they are in the bottom three in most offensive categories, including last in free throw percentage.
Today, though, it was seen what Trent Johnson’s squad is capable of when they score.
It’s not like the Frogs haven’t recently seen an upset of a ranked opponent. After all, their first ever Big 12 win came against a top-ranked Kansas team in 2013.
But facing ranked opponents is common in these conference to say the least. Eight of the 10 Big 12 school have seen a ranking at some point.
If TCU wants to stop being an also-ran in this sport, they need to prove hay can beat these opponents regularly. Today may have been the first step toward doing that.

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