TCU winless in Big 12, loses 97-67 to No. 23 OU

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm •  Published: March 8, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Trent Johnson didn't even look at the end of his bench, where six Horned Frog players sat in white polo shirts and slacks instead of uniforms.

None of those guys can help on the court right now.

Buddy Hield scored 24 points and No. 23 Oklahoma clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament with a 97-67 victory Saturday at TCU, the league's first team in 10 years to go through the regular season without winning a conference game.

"This group has never stopped playing. And for me, I struggle," said Johnson, in his second season at TCU. "We're not very good. ... We're not very talented and we're not very deep and we've been banged up. And those aren't excuses, but these kids continue to fight."

TCU (9-21, 0-18 Big 12) plays seventh-seeded Baylor, which has won seven of its last eight games, in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The winner of that game plays the next night against Oklahoma (23-8, 12-6).

The last Big 12 team to go without a league win was Texas A&M during the 2003-04 season, when the Aggies were 0-16. That is the same mark Baylor had in 1998-99.

The Horned Frogs went 2-16 in Big 12 games in their league debut last season. Their wins were against then-No. 5 Kansas, and the regular-season finale against the same Sooners they played this time.

But there wouldn't be another upset in the final game at Daniel Meyer Coliseum before the arena undergoes a $59 million renovation that will force the Frogs to play their home games off campus next season.

Jarvis Ray, one of two TCU seniors in their final home game, matched his career high with 18 points. Kyan Anderson, a junior guard and one of only four Horned Frogs to play in every game this season, added 17 points.

"It's unfortunate for those two who are seniors, that they won't be around when this team looks like the team that just beat us," Johnson said. "We're going to be good eventually. We're going to win some games, this thing is going to get turned."