Feb. 3, 2009
Game Notes - Utah in PDF Format
The Horned Frogs return to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday (Feb. 4) when TCU welcomes the University of Utah for a Mountain West Conference showdown. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Central Time.
This will be the 14th all-time meeting between the Frogs and Runnin' Utes as Utah holds a 9-4 advantage over its Mountain West Conference counterparts. The Frogs and Runnin' Utes each recorded a victory during the 2007-08 campaign as each program won a contest on their home court.
The Frogs and Runnin' Utes can be heard over the airwaves via Big Country 1460 AM and KTCU 88.7 FM with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst). The game can also be seen on The Mtn. Network with James Bates (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst) handling the television duties.
In Their Last Meeting
In their last meeting, the Frogs recorded a 67-61 victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on February 27, 2008. In that game, Brent Hackett scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Kevin Langford posted 16 points to go along with seven rebounds. Alvardo Parker also added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Frogs.
Stellar Defense Equals Victories
The Frogs will enter the contest against the Runnin' Utes ranked 60th in the nation in scoring defense as TCU is allowing opponents to score 62.4 points per game. TCU is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in scoring defense behind San Diego State (59.0 P-G) and Air Force (60.3 P-G).
During a three-game stretch, the Frogs held SMU, St. Gregory's and Colorado to 46 or fewer points, which marked the first time since the 1951-52 season that TCU held three consecutive opponents to less than 46 points after achieving the feat against Rice (30), Texas (43) and SMU (43).
The Frogs have held two opponents to 39 or fewer points this season in St. Gregory's (38) and Colgate (37). This is the first time since the 1986-87 campaign that TCU has held at least two opponents to 38 or fewer points in a game. That season, TCU held Texas (37) and Rice (38) to 38 or fewer points in a game.
In his three seasons with the Purple and White, Kevin Langford has not only been a maintstay in the Frogs' starting lineup, but has also been one of their top players. A starter in 81 consecutive games, the TCU senior has posted a double-digit scoring performance in 59 of those contests (13 - Sr. | 24 - Jr. | 22 So.).
Langford collected a career-high 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots (including the game winner) and one steal in 36 minutes in TCU's 79-78 overtime victory over Wyoming on January 21st. For his career, the Fort Worth product has accumulated 1,092 points for the Purple and White and now ranks 21st on the all-time TCU scoring list.
For his career, Langford has scored 1,158 points after collecting 66 points during his freshman campaign at the University of California. The TCU senior notched his first double-double of the season with a 20-point, 11-rebound performance against Colgate, which was his second career double-double.
Langford continues to move up the rankings in the TCU all-time record books as the TCU senior is ranked fourth in free throw attempts (528) and free throws made (357).
TCU newcomer Ronnie "Tuffy" Moss originally signed with Kent State, but was granted his release and signed with the Frogs after Christian was announced as the new head men's basketball coach for the Purple and White.
Moss became the first freshman since Femi Ibikunle in 2003-04 to start his collegiate debut for the Frogs and only the third freshman this decade to earn a spot in the starting lineup in his first game (Corey Santee | 2001-02).
The TCU freshman has proven to be an offensive threat for the Frogs as Moss is ranked fourth on the team in scoring (9.5 P-G) and tied for third in double-digit scoring performances (11). Moss became the first freshman since Chudi Chinweze in 2002-03 to score 20 or more points in a game after the TCU guard collected a career-high 20 points on the road at Louisiana Tech.
Good Things Come in Three's
The Frogs have made at least one three-pointer in 331 consecutive games dating back to the 1997-98 season. The last time that the Purple and White failed to connect on a trey came against LIU-Brooklyn on November 22, 1997.
The Frogs have recorded at least one three-pointer in 548 of their last 549 games. Prior to that failed connection against LIU-Brooklyn, TCU made at least one three-pointer in 217 straight games dating back to the 1989-90 season when the University of Texas stopped the Frogs behind the arc on February 11, 1990.
Frogs Record 408th Victory at DMC
With a victory over Wyoming on January 21st, the Frogs notched their 408th victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. In the 48-year history of the DMC, the Frogs have posted a record of 408-237 (.633) on their home court. Over the past 11 seasons, the Frogs have posted a 148-62 (.706) overall record at home with a 9-2 mark this season.
Non-Conference - No Problem at Home
The Frogs have captured 17 of their last 20 games at home against non-conference opponents. In their last 10 games - the Frogs have posted victories in nine of them with their lone setback coming against Big 12 Conference-foe Nebraska in the home opener of the 2008-09 campaign.
No Three for You
This season, the Frogs are ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage defense as opponents have only connected on 31.5 percent (113-of-359) of their trey attempts. The Frogs are currently ranked 50th in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense and have held opponents to an average of 5.4 three-point field goals made per game this season.
The Frogs have held 15 of 21 opponents to less than 40.0 percent from behind the three-point line this season, including three opponents to less than 16.0 percent (Western Michigan, SMU and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).
Scouting the Runnin' Utes
Utah comes into the contest tied for first overall in the Mountain West Conference standings as the Runnin' Utes have a 14-7 overall record and a 5-2 mark in conference action. The Runnin' Utes have triumphed in their last two games with victories coming on their home court against BYU (94-88 | OT) and New Mexico (68-67).
Luke Nevill is the best big man in the Mountain West Conference as the Utah senior is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. The 7-2 center is ranked first in the conference in rebounds per game (8.5 R-G), blocked shots per game (2.6 B-G) and field goal percentage (132-of-212 | .623) and is ranked second in scoring average (18.0 P-G).
Following a 79-78 overtime triumph over Wyoming, the Frogs recorded their ninth consecutive victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The nine-game home winning streak for the Frogs was the longest for the program since the 1998-99 campaign when TCU began the season with a 9-0 mark. The Frogs had their home winning streak snapped against New Mexico.
Frogs Strong in MWC Action
The Frogs are off to a 4-3 record in Mountain West Conference action, which is their best start since joining the conference prior to the 2005-06 campaign. This is the best start in conference action after seven games since the 2000-01 season when TCU started 4-3 as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. That season, TCU finished with a 9-7 mark in league play.
The Man Known as "Z"
Zvonko "Z" Buljan has played a big role for the Frogs in the low post as the TCU forward is averaging 12.1 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest. The 6-9 forward is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game (7.3 R-G), sixth in field goal percentage (100-of-187 | .535) and 15th in scoring average (12.1 P-G).
The TCU forward was selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on January 12th after averaging 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game in victories over Texas Tech and UNLV. Buljan has recorded a double-digit scoring performance in 10 of the last 12 games, including a career-high 20 points in a victory over UNLV.
Buljan is ranked first on the Frogs in double-digit scoring games (14) to go along with five double-doubles this season (Colorado, Wichita State, UNLV, BYU and Air Force). The 6-9 forward has recorded a double-double in five games this season, which are the most since the 2005-06 campaign when Judson Stubbs finished the season with a quartet of double-doubles.
The Frogs have four international players on the roster in John Ortiz (Colombia), Zvonko Buljan (Croatia), Edvinas Ruzgas (Lithuania) and Marin Bavcevic (Croatia). TCU has never had more than two international players on its roster at any one time during its history. There have been at least two international players on the TCU roster in each of the last five seasons.
Bigger in Texas
The Frogs have six players that reside from the State of Texas, including four players from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Kevin Langford (Fort Worth), Ronnie Moss (Fort Worth), Kevin Butler (Duncanville) and A.J. Siebert (Southlake).
Second Generation Stars
The Frogs have two players on their roster who have parents who played collegiate athletics in Kevin Langford (Father - basketball at UT Arlington | Mother - basketball at UT Arlington) and A.J. Siebert (Father - football at Northern Arizona).
Charity Stripe Highs
The Frogs connected on 27 free throws against Nebraska, which was their highest talley since a 27-free throw performance against Colorado State on February 20, 2008. Last season, the Frogs finished seventh in the Mountain West Conference in free throw percentage, but are currently ranked third this season in that statistical category after connecting on 72.4 percent (289-of-399) of their charity stripe attempts.
Frogs Ink One on Signing Day
The Frogs signed Garlon Green (Missouri City, Texas | Hightower High School) to a National Letter of Intent on November 12th. The 6-7 wing enters his senior season as the 19th-ranked prospect in the State of Texas and is the younger brother of Gerald Green, Jr., who plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
Frogs Snap Streak Against UNLV
Following an 80-73 victory over UNLV, the Frogs snapped a seven-game losing skid to the Runnin' Rebels. The last time that TCU defeated UNLV came on February 22, 1999, when the Frogs posted a 76-72 triumph in Las Vegas.
Prior to a setback against Indiana, the Frogs were enjoying a six-game winning streak which was their longest winning streak since the 1998-99 campaign when TCU won eight straight contests. That season, the Frogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT Tournament, which was their last post-season appearance.
Edvinas Ruzgas has made a tremendous impact for the Frogs in his first season as the former Weatherford College standout ranks first on the team in three-point field goals made (45) and three-point field goal attempts (124) while standing third in field goals made (77). The 6-6 guard has connected on 45.3 percent (77-of-170) of his field goal attempts and 76.9 percent (30-of-39) of his free throw tries.
Ruzgas has notched 11 double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line against Texas Tech. The 6-6 guard has posted a double-digit scoring performance in six of the last eight games, including a career-high five consecutive games.
In the MWC standings, Ruzgas is ranked fifth in minutes played per game (33.9 MP-G), sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.14 3FGM-G) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.363 | 45-of-124).
After earning a spot in the starting lineup after the fifth game of the season, Keion Mitchem has put up solid numbers as the TCU junior is averaging 5.6 points to go along with 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. The 5-10 guard has connected on 38.5 percent (40-of-104) of his field goal attempts, including 41.8 percent (23-of-55) of his three-point field goal attempts and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) of his free throw attempts.
Mitchem scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including five three-pointers, in an 81-67 victory over Colorado State in the Mountain West Conference opener for the Frogs. The TCU guard has recorded five double-digit scoring performances this season and TCU is 4-1 when Mitchem scores 10 or more points.
Point of Order
Jason Ebie has started 19 of 21 games for the Frogs at the point guard position where he ranks fifth in the Mountain West Conference in assists per game (4.0 A-G) and sixth in the conference standings in assist-to-turnover radio (1.79:1). The TCU point guard dished out a career-high nine assists at home versus St. Gregory's.
Ebie has dished out three or more assists in 19 of 21 games and scored six or more points in 14 of 21 contests during his junior campaign. The Houston native scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-4 from behind the three-point line, in TCU's road victory at the Air Force Academy.
Kevin Butler had a tremendous performance against ACC-opponent Clemson as he posted a career-high nine points, including 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line, to go along with six steals, four rebounds and two assists. His six-steal effort against the Tigers is the highest single-game tally in the conference this season.
John Ortiz has appeared in 18 games for TCU in his senior campaign while earning a spot in the starting lineup on three occasions. TCU is 3-0 when he appears in the starting lineup as Ortiz is averaging 2.2 points per game.
Smell the Roses
Freshman Kavon Rose made his first appearance for the Frogs since December 10th at Indiana when the 6-2 guard saw 18 minutes of action at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum against New Mexico. Rose finished the game with six points on 2-of-4 shooting, including two rebounds and two steals.
Frogs Post Victory in Conference Opener
For the second time in the last eight seasons, the Frogs notched a victory in their conference opener as TCU recorded an 81-67 triumph over Colorado State on January 3rd. The Frogs are 2-2 in Mountain West Conference openers since joining the conference during the 2005-06 campaign.
Stronger at the Game Goes On
This season, TCU is averaging 29.3 points per game (616 points) in the first half of action, but increases their offensive output to 35.8 points (752) over the final 20 minutes. The increase of +6.5 points from the first to second half of action is the second-highest among all teams in the Mountain West Conference (Colorado State | +6.7).
TCU freshman Logan Lancon made his first collegiate start against New Mexico on January 24th where he played in 11 minutes of action. The 6-6 guard played an important role in the Frogs' 79-78 overtime victory over Wyoming on January 21st as he collected five points on 2-of-3 shooting, including a three-pointer, in 10 minutes of action.
Big Victory over Buffs
With a 62-46 victory over Colorado on Dec. 3rd, the Frogs recorded their first triumph over a Big 12 Conference-foe since Nov. 23, 2004, when TCU posted an 83-68 win over Texas Tech. The victory over CU also gave TCU its first road win over a Big 12 Conference-foe since Dec. 7, 2002, when the Frogs defeated Baylor by a 72-64 count.
Frogs Top Pair of Big 12 Conference Foes
Following an 85-80 victory on the road at Texas Tech, the Frogs recorded their second victory against a Big 12 Conference-foe away from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. This is the first time in the 13-year existence of the Big 12 Conference that the Frogs have defeated not only two members in the same season, but also the first time that the Purple and White have defeated two members on the road.
The last time that the Frogs defeated two Big 12 Conference-opponents came during the 1991-92 season when TCU was a member of the Southwest Conference. That season, TCU defeated Texas A&M and Baylor on the road.
In his first season as head coach of the Frogs, Jim Christian collected his 13th victory following a 79-78 overtime victory over Wyoming on January 21st. With his 13th victory, Christian moved into a tie for third place on the TCU all-time coaching list for most victories in his first season. The TCU head coach tied Hub McQuillan with 13 victories and is three triumphs shy of tying Billy Tubbs and Matty Bell for the all-time record.
Only four coaches in program history have recorded a winning record in their first season with the Frogs in Tubbs (16-11 | 1994-95), Johnny Swaim (15-11 | 1967-68), Hub McQuillan (13-10 | 1941-42) and Matty Bell (16-4 | 1923-24). The average number of wins for a first-year coach at TCU is 7.1 triumphs.
Frogs Add One Player to Roster
At the beginning of the spring semester, the Frogs added one player to the 2008-09 roster in freshman Marin Bavcevic. A 6-2 guard from Split, Croatia, Bavcevic graduated from The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C.
Five Frogs Reach Double Figures
In their 85-80 victory over Texas Tech, five Frogs posted a double-digit scoring evening in Edvinas Ruzgas (24), Ronnie Moss (15), Kevin Langford (14), Zvonko Buljan (12) and Keion Mitchem (12). This was the first time since December 27, 2007, that the Frogs had five players in double figures as TCU defeated Jackson State at home by a 79-68 margin.
Keion vs. Colorado
Over the last two seasons, Keion Mitchem has played some of his biggest games against teams from the State of Colorado. The TCU guard is averaging 10.7 points per game while shooting 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field and 55.8 percent (19-of-34) from behind the three-point line in those games.
In his first season with the Frogs, Moss has posted a stellar rookie season as the 6-2 guard is ranked second in scoring average (9.5 P-G) among all freshmen, but is the top scoring true freshman in the Mountain West Conference. Ajam Muojeke, a redshirt freshman from Wyoming, is averaging 14.8 points per game for the Cowboys.
The last time that a freshman averaged over 9.0 points per game for the Frogs came during the 2001-02 season when Corey Santee recorded a mark of 14.7 points per game. The last time a freshman averaged over 8.0 points per game came the following season when Chudi Chinweze averaged 8.4 points per game.
Score One for A.J
A.J. Siebert scored his first career points for the Frogs when the TCU walk-on recorded a two-point performance against St. Gregory's (Okla.). The TCU junior has appeared in two games and posted his first career steal in a victory over Colgate.
This season, the Frogs have recorded six double-doubles (points-rebounds) through 21 games. Zvonko Buljan has collected five double-doubles while Kevin Langford has posted one this season. This is the first time since the 2005-06 campaign that TCU has collected at least six double-doubles in the same season and the first time since Judson Stubbs (5) during the 2005-06 campaign that a Frog has collected at least five individual double-doubles.
I Love the 80s
During a three-game stretch (Colorado State, Texas Tech, UNLV), the Frogs scored 80 or more points, which marked the first time since the first three games of the 2002-03 campaign that TCU recorded an offensive output of 80-plus points in three consecutive contests.
Pack `Em In
Due to the success of the Frogs' season thus far, a crowd of 5,590 packed the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for their January 24th match-up against New Mexico, which was the third-largest crowd for TCU in a Mountain West Conference game.
The Frogs will hit the road for their next two conference games as TCU travels to Colorado State on Saturday (Feb. 7) followed by a trip to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for a showdown with UNLV on Tuesday (Feb. 10).
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