Kansas vs. TCU: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
In the most shocking result of the college basketball season thus far, the previously winless-in-the-Big 12 TCU Horned Frogs handed the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks their second straight loss, 62-55.
TCU was a 17-point underdog and entered the game with a 223 RPI.
Beyond being the biggest win in Horned Frogs basketball history, ESPN Stats & Info noted the significance for Kansas:
Kansas loses back-to-back games for 1st time since January 2006 - span of 264 games was longest active D-I streak according to @eliassports— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2013
The story of the game was TCU's aggressive defense and Kansas' complete inability to put the circular orange ball inside the apparently smaller-sized red rim.
Will Kansas recover from this loss?
The Jayhawks, fresh off a home defeat at the hands of Oklahoma State, looked disinterested from the start. It took them over seven minutes to score their first basket, which, appropriately enough, came on a Jamari Traylor (2.1 points per game) jumper.
That didn't quite break the seal, though, as they didn't score again until Jeff Withey hit two free throws at the six-minute mark.
When the record-setting first half was all said and done, the Horned Frogs had ridden a balanced effort to a 22-13 lead while the Jayhawks had nearly as many turnovers (nine) as points.
After falling behind by as much as 16 early in the second half, Kansas, behind Withey, Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe, climbed back to within four with seven minutes left and looked like it would avoid the major catastrophe.
But then the lid was put back on Kansas' hoop; the jumpers stopped falling, Garlon Green, who finished with 20 points, hit some clutch shots and the Horned Frogs hit their free throws to seal the monumental upset win for TCU.
If you aren't a fan of appalling stats, now would be the time to look away: Kansas shot 29.5 percent from the field and 13.6 (3-of-22) percent from deep. Primary ball-handlers Tharpe and Elijah Johnson combined to shoot 5-of-27 and the team turned the ball over 12 times to just 10 assists.
This was a monumental win for Trent Johnson and the rebuilding Horned Frogs, and it's an embarrassing loss that Kansas fans will be having nightmares about for a long time.
If you want to know just how bad Kansas' first-half offense was, consider the fact that two Jeff Withey free throws caused CBS Sports' Seth Davis to tweet this:
Holy cow Kansas just DOUBLED their scoring!! That's impressive!!! Trail 12-4 with 5:50 left first half.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 7, 2013
The Jayhawks caught fire in those final five minutes to get up to a gargantuan 13 points, but it was still a record they didn't plan on setting (via ESPN Stats & Info):
The 13 first-half points scored by Kansas are the fewest the Jayhawks have scored in any half of a Big 12 Conference game.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2013
And if you like the color red, ESPN Stats & Info's charting of the disaster was probably for you:
No. 5 Kansas down just 9 points at half at TCU despite making 3 FG in 1st half twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/…— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2013
All in all, this following thought by the Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff was pretty much the consensus:
For several reasons, TCU 22, Kansas 13 at halftime ranks among the most unbelievable scores I ever seen.— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) February 7, 2013
Meanwhile, former Ohio State superstar Mark Titus perfectly summed up the unbelievable parity in college basketball this year (sorry, Grambling State):
Current college basketball landscape: 1) Indiana 2) Michigan 3-346) ?????????? 347) Grambling State— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) February 7, 2013
Finally, there was this, from Sports Illustrated's Andy Glockner:
Kansas is seriously going to lose at TCU. TCU went 7-7 last season ... in the Mountain West.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) February 7, 2013
There is still lots of madness left this season, but I'm going to go ahead and cast my vote for "Upset of the Year."
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