No. 1 Houston shuts down TCU in 60-45 victory in Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals

Thu, Mar 14, 2024

No. 1 Houston shuts down TCU in 60-45 victory in Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top-ranked Houston turned up its suffocating defense on TCU, Emanuel Sharp had 14 points and Jamal Shead scored 12, and the Cougars rolled to a 60-45 victory over the Horned Frogs on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

J'Wan Roberts added eight points and 10 rebounds for Houston (29-3), which held TCU without a point for nearly 10 minutes to start the game and was never threatened the rest of the way in winning its 10th consecutive game.

The Cougars will play No. 25 Texas Tech in the semifinal round on Friday night.

Micah Peavy had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Horned Frogs (21-12). Leading scorer Emanuel Miller followed up his 26-point performance in a second-round win over Oklahoma by scoring just three points on 1-for-10 shooting.

TCU wound up going 17 of 73 from the field (23.3%) and 2 of 20 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Longtime rivals in the old Southwest Conference, the Cougars and Horned Frogs were meeting for the first time in the Big 12 Tournament - otherwise known as a neutral floor, where Houston had never lost in eight other games with TCU.

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The Cougars never left a doubt that it would be nine.

Fresh off a 30-point blowout of Kansas, the regular-season Big 12 champs scored the first 16 points of the game, shutting down coach Jamie Dixon's team with the kind of in-your-shorts defense that has become the Cougars' hallmark over the years.

TCU missed its first 16 field-goal attempts and did not score until Peavy's bucket with 10:25 left in the first half.

Even when Houston went through its own offensive dry spell in the first half, it continually hounded the Horned Frogs. They were 3 for 23 with six turnovers at one point, and during one possession, they missed four consecutive shots at the rim.

TCU trailed 31-15 at halftime, missed its first eight shots of the second half and never threatened the rest of the way.


TCU should be safely in the NCAA Tournament field for the third consecutive year.

Houston routed the Red Raiders 77-54 in January, when Shead poured in 29 points in the win.


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