TCU never trailed. Kansas never led, and as Jayhawk coach Bill Self put it: “They dominated us.”
For the first time in school history, TCU knocked off a top five team. That’s something that in 20 tries, the Frogs had never done before.
With 6:19 left in the first half, the Frogs had held an anemic Kansas offense to just two points.
The Jayhawks reach double figures in scoring until just three minutes remained in the first half.
Kansas never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
As the final seconds ticked away, what seemed impossible became reality.
Fans stormed the court as TCU garnered its first win in Big 12 history.
"I looked up and gave thanks to God first," senior forward Connell Crossland said. "After that, all the students stormed the court. Whatever celebration come to mind, that's what happened."
TCU head coach Trent Johnson said he waited until he got into the locker room to show his emotion.
“Until there was about eight seconds left,” Johnson said he was not sure his team was going to win.
“For us, we knew going in that we would have to play extremely well offensively, defensively, extremely hard, and they were going to have to help us,” Johnson said.
Johnson acknowledged that Kansas missed some shots that they would normally make.
“One of the things we did, we were in position, we didn’t let them get real deep, and I thought we jammed [Ben] McLemore the best we could to take away his initial move,” Johnson said of his defense.
The Frogs largest lead was 16 after not having led by more than six points in any Big 12 game this season.
“They played good defense. Statistically, they’re good,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “But for the first half, there hasn’t been any team play worse than that. Anywhere.”
The Jayhawks mustered just shot a staggering 11 percent in the first half while making just three field goals.
The second half was not much better for Kansas. Guards Naadir Tharpe and Elijah Johnson finished the game a combined 5-27 while TCU held future NBA lottery picks Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey in check all night.
TCU was led by a pair of seniors who played perhaps their best games in a TCU uniform.
Senior forward Garlon Green finished with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
“We couldn’t guard Green all night,” Self said. “We had some of our best defenders on him, and we couldn’t guard him.”
Green said he was the beneficiary of his team’s running the offense well tonight.
Fellow senior Connell Crossland finished with a career high 15 rebounds for the Frogs tonight. He also added in an efficient eight points on the offensive end.
The win, Johnson said, is the culmination of his team’s hard work on a daily basis.
“I’m happy, but I’ve been through this. I understand what the process is, and I understand what we have to do.”
One of those things that Johnson must do is recruit.
The TCU coaching staff picked a good night to invite some of their top recruits to the game.
TCU signee Brandon Parrish was joined by 2014 four star prospects Alex Robinson and Elbert Robinson among others.
The Frogs will return to the floor on Saturday against West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.