TCU guard Damion Baugh is proving to defenses around the Big 12 that he’s no longer what they consider to be a ‘pass-first’ guard.
Baugh scored 20 points in TCU’s victory over Oklahoma on Monday night, and his play the past few weeks is part of the reason why the Horned Frogs (15-4, 4-3 in Big 12) are in the top half of the Big 12 standings entering this weekend’s set of games.
TCU’s win was its first at Oklahoma.
Even Baugh was surprised when the lane was open to him at times against the Sooners on Monday. He thinks he knows why, as he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Drew Davison.
“People scout me to be a pass-first [guard], so when I get in the lane, they expect me to pass and the rim is wide open,” Baugh said.
Baugh’s 20 points came in a contest where the Sooners held lead guard Mike Miles to just 11 points.
Baugh’s rise in TCU’s offense has coincided with the Horned Frogs’ solid start in Big 12 action. He has scored 11.5 points per game in the last eight games, including a season-high 23 points against Iowa State on Jan. 22.
He gives the Horned Frogs another scoring option outside to go with Miles and Chuck O’Bannon, the latter of which played a key role in the Horned Frogs’ victory over LSU on Saturday. The Horned Frogs also have Emanuel Miller and Eddie Lampkin inside.
TCU is set to host Kansas State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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