Horned Frogs look to rebound in conference action against Wyoming
Jan. 10, 2008
Game Day Information
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Next on the Schedule: The Frogs will be back in action on Wednesday (Jan. 15) when the Purple and White welcomes the University of New Mexico to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Frog nation can listen to the game on ESPN Radio (103.3 FM) and will be broadcasted on CSTV.
The Big Score
In their eight victories this season - the Frogs have yet to be held to under 75 points while averaging 83.8 points per triumph. All eight victories for the Frogs have come at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum during the 2007-08 season.
Stealing the Show
The defense of the Purple and White has notched 11 games of 10 or more steals this season with their season-high coming against Texas Southern with a 17-steal performance - which is the second-highest tally among all Mountain West Conference programs.
The only three games this season that the Frogs did not record at least 10 or more steals came against Texas (9), Prairie View A&M (9) and Grambling State (8)
Jason Ebie is ranked 39th among all NCAA Division I student-athletes in steals per game as the TCU sophomore has recorded an average of 2.29 steals per game. The TCU point guard has collected three or more steals in seven of 14 games this season and has notched at least one steal in 13 of 14 games during the 2007-08 campaign.
Statement Time in the Mountain West Conference
The score after the first 20 minutes of action has been a strong indicator of the game's winner this season as programs from the Mountain West Conference have recorded a 74-10 record when they hold the lead heading into intermission.
The Mountain West Conference has been dominant on their home floor as all nine programs are combined for a 56-8 mark on their home courts.
Horned Frogs Fall to San Diego State in MWC Opener
With the setback, the Horned Frogs fell to 8-6 on the 2007-08 campaign and 0-1 in conference action. TCU dropped their 12th straight road contest in the process.
The Frogs shot themselves in the foot in the very beginning of the game as the Purple and White finished with 13 first-half points - including a 15.4 shooting percentage (4-of-25) during the first 20 minutes of action.
The Aztecs were able to take a 19-point advantage heading into intermission, but were out-scored by the Purple and White by a 44-32 margin in the second half to escape with a slim seven-point victory on their home court.
In the second half of action, the Frogs recorded one of their best shooting halves of the season with a mark of 55.2 percent (16-of-29) en route to holding a 12-point advantage over San Diego State.
Kevin Langford led the Frogs in scoring with a 20-point performance to go along with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. The scoring performance was Langford's 12th consecutive double-digit scoring affair.
Henry Salter scored 14 points - all coming in the second half of action - as the TCU junior notched his 13th double-digit scoring performance in 14 games this season.
The defense of the Frogs held the Aztecs to 30.8 percent (8-of-26) shooting in the second half and forced the home squad to commit 21 turnovers in the game.
The Aztecs held a 36-14 margin in points in the paint and held advantages in second chance points (12-4), fast break points (12-0) and bench points (12-7).
Frog Defense Standing Tall
The Frogs have forced opponents into 274 turnovers (19.6 turnovers per game) where they have scored 325 points off of the miscues of their foes - an average of 23.2 points.
The Purple and White have limited their opponents to a scoring average of 68.6 points per evening at the DMC and 66.0 points per game in contests that the Frogs' win.
The Glass Cleaners
Time Well Spent
Kevin Langford is one of four players to average over 20.0 minutes per evening as the TCU junior is collecting 28.7 minutes of court time per evening. The Fort Worth talent is joined in that category by Henry Salter, Brent Hackett and Alvardo Parker.
Scouting the Opponents - University of Wyoming
The Cowboys have dropped three of their last four games - including a 99-92 double overtime loss to New Mexico in their conference opener. Wyoming defeated Chardon State - a NCAA Division II program - after suffering losses to UTEP and Buffalo - both of them coming in El Paso, Texas.
Brandon Ewing is one of the most dynamic guards in the Mountain West Conference as he is averaging a league-high 17.3 points per game while playing 37.75 minutes per contest. The Wyoming guard is ranked first in the conference in assists per game (5.23 A-G), seventh in free throw percentage and steals per game and eighth in field goal percentage during his junior season.
Brad Jones is another dangerous guard for the Cowboys as 6-1 senior is averaging 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The Cowboys' guard is one of the most versatile players in the Mountain West Conference and is only player to be ranked in the top-11 in all three statistical categories.
Sophomore Ryan Dermody is ranked third on the team in scoring with an 11.8 scoring average and is also ranked 19th in the Mountain West Conference in that statistical category. He is also ranked second on the team in rebounds per game (5.8 R-G) - which is also 12th in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cowboys have struggled this season on the defensive side of the court as they are allowing a Mountain West Conference-high 74.8 points per game this season. The University of Wyoming has allowed eight of their 13 opponents to score 70 or more points in a game - including a pair of 90-plus scoring performances.
The University of Wyoming is ranked first among all Mountain West Conference programs in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.62 blocks per contest. The Cowboys are ranked 25th among all NCAA Division I teams in blocked shots per game.
Heath Schroyer begins his first season at the University of Wyoming as its head men's basketball coach. The UW head coach was on the Cowboys' staff during the 2001-02 season when Wyoming posted a 22-9 record - including an 11-3 mark in conference action - and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Frogs Closing in on 400th Victory at the DMC
Charity Stripe Blues
Of the 10 players that have attempted 10 or more free throws - only five players (Kevin Langford, Brent Hackett, Mike Scott, Ryan Wall and Luke Tauscher) are shooting above 70.0 percent at the charity stripe.
The Frogs have recorded some of their best free throw shooting percentages in games in which they have suffered defeats - including 90.9 percent against SMU and 75.0 percent versus San Diego State.
The Frogs have connected on 67.6 percent (48-of-71) of their free throw attempts on the road compared to a shooting percentage of 54.9 percent (148-of-249) at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Always Be Ready to Play
Home-Grown Talent Pays Dividends for Horned Frogs
Hackett was the first player that Neil Dougherty signed from the Dallas/Fort Worth Area when he became head men's basketball coach at TCU. Langford also had ties with Dougherty as his brother, Keith, was a recruited and coached by Dougherty at the University of Kansas.
A pair of honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference players last season, Hackett and Langford are currently ranked second and third on the Frogs in scoring average at 14.5 points and 11.2 points per game.
TCU newcomer Luke Tauscher sat out last season due to an injury, but the 6-11 center has averaged 2.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in his 12 games on the floor for the Frogs.
Frogs Adding a Little Salter to Their Diet
Salter is ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring average (15.1 P-G) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.9) and is only of three players in the conference to be ranked in the top-10 in both statistical categories - joining Trent Plaisted and Lee Cummard - both of BYU.
The TCU junior is ranked first on the Frogs in scoring average and has been a force on the boards as well as Salter has collected five or more rebounds in nine of the team's first 14 games.
The former NJCAA All-American is also ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game with an average of 2.79 treys per contest - which is also the 11th highest tally among all NCAA Division I players. He is also ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage with a mark of 50.0 percent (39-of-78).
The "Langford" Road Home
The TCU forward was selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on December 24th after averaging 24.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in a pair of victories for the Frogs. Langford scored a career-high 31 points against Prairie View A&M and became the first player since Junior Blunt during the 2001-02 season to score 30 or more points in a game.
Langford is riding a 12-game double-digit scoring streak and has increased his total to 34 career games in which the Fort Worth talent has notched a double-digit scoring performance.
The Hackett Man
During his career with the Frogs - Hackett has appeared in 106 career games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 72 occasions - missing only four starts in the last three seasons.
Hackett has been one of the top scorers for the Frogs over the last four seasons as he has collected 10 or more points in 45 career games - 9 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore). The TCU senior has recorded 911 career points to go along with 169 career three-pointers - which ranks seventh in the TCU career record books.
Hackett is currently ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (2.29 3FGM-G) and has connected on at least one trey in 12 of 14 games this season.
Welcome to the Parker's
The TCU senior has recorded 80 career blocked shots with the Frogs - which ties him for seventh place in the all-time record books with Marlon Dumont. Parker needs 20 more blocks to become the fifth player in program history to notch the century mark in blocked shots.
Parker has notched at least one blocked shot in 12 of 14 games this season and is ranked 18th among the career leaders for the Mountain West Conference in that statistical category.
This is only the fourth year of organized basketball for the Turks & Caicos Islands' native as he spent his first two seasons at Frank Phillips Junior College followed by his TCU career.
Team Filled with Mr. Cleans
At one point in the season - the Frogs were ranked as high as fourth in the nation in rebounds per game, but have struggled grabbing boards on the road where they are averaging 29.6 boards per contest compared to 43.9 rebounds at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
In games that the Frogs win - the Purple and White is averaging 45.2 boards per evening compared to 30.2 rebounds per game in contests where TCU suffers a defeat.
The Frogs' point guard scored a career-high 11 points on two occasions during his rookie campaign with the Purple and White against SMU and Jackson State. Scott has notched five or more points in five games this season.
Though he's only a freshman, Scott is not the youngest member for TCU as the Philadelphia native is 21-years-old.
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie is ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in steals per game (2.29 S-G) and ninth in assists per game (3.1 A-G). The TCU guard is one of two players in the Mountain West Conference to be ranked in the top-10 in both statistical departments along with UNLV's Wink Adams.
The Houston native has recorded three of more steals in seven of 14 games and has posted four steals in three of those contests. In addition to his pick-pocketing duties, Ebie has dished out four or more assists on seven occasions. The TCU sophomore has dished out a career-high six assists on two occasions - Grambling State and UT Arlington.
Neon Keion in Primetime
The TCU sophomore has been known to score quickly for the Frogs off of the bench as he is averaging one point every two minutes that he has seen action on the court this season.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
Ortiz recorded a career-high 10 points on two occasions during his first season against Texas Tech and Jackson State and has grabbed four or more rebounds in nine of 13 games during the 2007-08 campaign.
Never Shy Away from the National Spotlight
The Frogs has recorded four victories over nationally-ranked opponents during Dougherty's tenure with their latest victim coming against 14th-ranked Air Force Academy where TCU notched a 71-66 win in February of 2007 - snapping a six-game losing skid against nationally-ranked opponents.
TCU is 12-89 (.118) all-time against nationally-ranked teams and has dropped 16 of its last 18 match-ups against teams ranked in the top-25.
The Frogs haven't had much success against nationally-ranked opponents on the road as they have dropped 48 of 49 match-ups when away from the DMC. Their lone victory came against Hawaii (83-79) on January 19, 1998.
Close Encounters of the Trey Kind
Prior to the failed connection, TCU recorded a three-pointer in 217 straight games dating back to the 1989-90 season when the Longhorns of Texas stopped the Frogs on February 11, 1990.
This season, the Purple and White has connected on at least seven three-pointers in 12 of their first 14 games and are ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (8.14 3FGM-G).
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Purple and White has recorded a 134-57 (.702) overall record and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 seasons.
The Frogs have won 17 of their last 24 games at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, including nine of their last 10 games on their home court. The last loss for the Frogs at home came against Oklahoma (90-66 / December 2nd, 2007).
Owens competed in his 100th career game for the Purple and White on December 5th against SMU and reached another milestone against UT Arlington as he recorded his 400th career point for the Frogs.
The TCU senior has collected at least two rebounds in 11 of 14 games this season with a season-high seven boards coming against Jackson State. Owens notched one of his best all-around games against Grambling State where he collected six points, six assists and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action in the Frogs' home victory.
Since coming back from an off-season injury, Wall has started to see more action on the court and has played seven or more minutes in four of the last seven games. He has also started to feel his shooting touch as the TCU senior has connected on a trio of three-pointers in two games this season - connecting on 36.4 percent of his trey attempts.
Cool Hand Luke
Tauscher recorded his first career double-digit rebounding performance against Rice where he grabbed 12 boards and is ranked sixth among all freshmen in the Mountain West Conference with a 3.1 rebounds per game average.
Dougherty had the opportunity to coach his son, Neil P., for four seasons, and now assistant coach, Sean Woods, will also have the same opportunity as his son, Martiese Morones, is a sophomore with the Frogs.
Woods was a standout at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the "Unforgettables" on the 1992 team that fell 104-103 to Duke in the NCAA Elite Eight in what is considered the greatest college basketball game of all-time. A member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame, Woods connected on the shot to give the Wildcats a 103-102 lead on the Blue Devils before Christian Laettner connected on the shot heard round the world.
The Scoring Frenzy
Putting 40 Minutes Together
The Woes of the Road
TCU has dropped their last 12 games on the road with their last victory away from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum coming against Mountain West Conference-opponent Utah on January 6, 2007.
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