TCU basketball makes history with a ranked road victory over No. 15 Iowa State

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TCU basketball made history on Saturday afternoon.

The Horned Frogs had the best road victory in program history, knocking off No. 15 Iowa State 59-44 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

It’s just the third road victory over a ranked team in TCU’s history, and the highest-ranked upset yet. The Frogs also have ranked road victories over No. 17 Iowa State in February 2019, and No. 24 Hawaii in January 1998. They are now 3-93 against ranked opponents on the road.

More importantly, TCU (13-3, 3-2 Big 12) picked up a much-needed road victory after falling apart in the final minutes at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night. Iowa State (14-5, 2-5 Big 12), meanwhile, has lost four of its last five.

For TCU, this victory will boost its NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rankings as the team’s second “Quad 1” victory, which is a significant factor used by the NCAA in determining its March Madness field. Teams are awarded “Quad 1” wins for road victories over teams ranked No. 1-75. Iowa State entered the game No. 24 in the NET rankings.

TCU took control of the game early on, jumping out to a 34-23 lead in the first half. Baugh led the team with 13 points that half, which matched his season high. The Frogs turned it over only five times compared to 13 first-half turnovers at Oklahoma State.

TCU closed the opening half on a 7-1 run and extended its lead to 36-23 when Emanuel Miller made the first points of the second half.

Iowa State responded with a 10-0 run to pull within one possession, capitalizing on three turnovers by TCU in that stretch. The Cyclones pulled within 36-33 on a 3-pointer by Tre Jackson with just under 14 minutes left.

But TCU answered with its own 10-0 run, highlighted by a steal and fast-break dunk by Baugh that forced Iowa State to call a timeout. The Frogs scored four unanswered after the break, capped by a jumper by Baugh with 10 minutes left.

TCU had a multi-possession lead the rest of the way.

Baugh had a career-high 23 points with Chuck O’Bannon Jr. finishing with 10. TCU’s leading scorer Mike Miles struggled once again, finishing with five points on 2 of 8 shooting.

TCU returns to action against No. 23 Texas (14-5, 4-3 Big 12) on Tuesday at Schollmaier Arena. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

Women fall

The TCU women fell to No. 15 Texas 68-47 on Saturday afternoon at Schollmaier Arena. Lauren Heard finished with a team-high 12 points for the Frogs.

TCU (6-9, 2-4 Big 12) travels to West Virginia on Tuesday.

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