User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
No. 9 Kansas State beats TCU 79-68

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - First-year TCU coach Trent Johnson realizes this is not an ideal situation.

Advertisement
That's why, even though the Horned Frogs lost 79-68 to No. 9 Kansas State on Tuesday night, Johnson said the team can't do much better.

Kyan Anderson had 29 points for the Horned Frogs.

``Make no mistake about it, that's as good as we can play on the road, scoring 68 points,'' Johnson said. ``Kyan was as good as he's been all year long.

``Just unfortunate that we weren't able to get a couple plays made defensively and offensively to give us a chance to win this thing,'' he added.

Angel Rodriguez had 21 points and 10 assists and Shane Southwell and Martavious Irving both added 15 points in the Senior Night victory which allowed the Wildcats (25-5, 14-3 Big 12) to stay tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the conference with one regular season game to play.

Devonta Abron had 10 points for the Horned Frogs (10-20, 1-16).

The Wildcats kept their distance for most of the game, but TCU made it interesting early in the second half by slashing into a 42-27 halftime deficit with a 12-2 run.

Johnson credited improved scoring and ball movement along with a temporary offensive lapse by Kansas State for the run.

``It's probably a combination of a couple things,'' he said. ``They might have missed a couple shots, but then we were real inside-out and didn't get overextended and gamble.''

Charles Hill Jr., who did not score in the first half, made two free throws to start the spurt for the Horned Frogs. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber called a timeout after TCU scored eight straight points. But after Rodriguez scored, the Horned Frogs responded with two free throws and another basket, bringing them within 44-39.

A couple of minutes later, a 3 by Rodriguez widened the gap to nine points, but Anderson immediately responded with a 3.

Long-range baskets by Irving and Rodriguez put Kansas State in front 58-48. Anderson followed a slashing layup with a three-point play and cut the deficit to five.

``We felt like the zone was working a little bit, and then . they hit big shots,'' Anderson said. ``We didn't necessarily want to get out of (the zone) because they were capitalizing on man-to-man too.''

Two straight baskets by Kansas State's Thomas Gipson and a fastbreak layup by McGruder restored a double-digit lead for the Wildcats, and TCU called a timeout while trailing 64-53 with 7:48 to play.

Kansas State's ball movement - including 17 baskets on 17 assists in the first half - made life difficult for the Horned Frogs, and Johnson credited it before anything else.

``I don't know if you all realize how nice of a basketball team you have,'' Johnson said. ``They're as efficient and play for one another as much as any team I've ever been around in a long, long time.''

Kansas State was playing without starter Will Spradling, who was suffering from a bruised sternum. In his absence, four Wildcats played 33 minutes or more, which is unusual for a team that has considerable depth.

``You wish you could have maintained that 15, 17-point lead, now we could have felt a little more comfortable,'' Weber said. ``We had to get a win, so you had to fight through it.''

Senior Night aside, it was a junior, Southwell, who provided the most consistent offense for Kansas State in the first half. He scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, including two 3s that helped Kansas State take a 15-4 lead.

TCU aided the Wildcats' cause by giving the ball away eight times in the first half, and Kansas State took advantage getting 14 points off turnovers.

Anderson scored 12 of the first 14 points for the Horned Frogs, but he did not get much help. Garlon Green, who scored five points, was the only other TCU player to get more than one field goal in the opening half.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Marshall hires Dan D'Antoni as coach
UConn center Brimah to undergo surgery
Tyndall's task for Vols already tougher
Johnson, Poythress returning to Kentucky
LSU's Mickey commits to second season
Louisville hires Johnson as assistant coach
Cason joins Shaka Smart's staff at VCU
Auburn won't appeal Pearl's show-cause
McDaniels says he's ready for NBA
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAABK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 3952
Bill Marzano + 2405
Tony Stoffo + 2235
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
The Gold Sheet 57 %
The SportsBoss 56 %
Tony Stoffo 55 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 2810
Bruce Marshall + 2797
The Prez + 1048
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 3283
Antony Dinero + 1301
Tony Stoffo + 1265
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Marc Lawrence + 1600
The SportsBoss + 1422
Bruce Marshall + 1116
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!