TCU Stuns No. 5 Kansas; Jayhawks Drop Second Straight Game
After Kansas lost to Oklahoma State at home on Saturday, it looked to rebound Wednesday night against TCU on the road at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. However, TCU first-year coach Trent Johnson and his basketball team had other plans in mind.
The Horned Frogs shocked the world and won 62-55, thus handing the Jayhawks their second straight loss.
TCU started the game with an 8-0 run as Kansas' first score didn't come until seven minutes and 18 seconds into the first half.
With four minutes to go in the first half, TCU manufactured a shocking 20-6 lead. The Jayhawks went on a 7-2 run to end the first half, but still trailed 22-13 going into the locker room.
After Jeff Withey's jumper, Kansas cut the deficit to two with 6:50 remaining in the game. But the Horned Frogs were too much for the Jayhawks to handle.
Garlon Green stepped up and continued to make shots for TCU and finished with 20 points. Although TCU is the worst foul-shooting team in the conference, its 22-of-38 free-throw shooting Wednesday night was crucial to help pull off the upset.
Kansas has the best three-point shooter in the Big 12 in Ben McLemore, but he went 0-of-6 in Wednesday’s stunner. In fact, Kansas was only 3-of-22 from beyond the arc.
With the Jayhawks losing, the Big 12 is wide open. Kansas State shares the same conference record as Kansas and could move above Kansas in the AP and USA Today polls. Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Baylor are all one or two games behind Kansas and Kansas State.
If the Jayhawks don't improve, the Big 12 could go to another team, ending Kansas' successful eight-year run of winning the Big 12.
Kansas loses back-to-back games for the first time in seven years and 264 games when it lost to Kansas State and Missouri in 2006.
This game also marks the first time TCU earned a Big 12 win in its first year in the conference.
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