Feb. 13, 2009
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The Horned Frogs will return to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday when TCU hosts BYU in a Mountain West Conference showdown. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Central Time.
This will be the 16th meeting between the Frogs and Cougars as BYU controls the series records with a 12-3 all-time advantage. The Cougars have won each of the last nine contests against the Frogs, including all eight meetings as members of the Mountain West Conference.
The Frogs and Cougars can be heard over the airwaves via ESPN Radio 103.3 FM 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 Cougars posted a 73-61 triumph over the Frogs at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, on January 13th. In that game, Lee Cummard was one of four Cougars to post a double-digit scoring performance with a game-high 22 points. Kevin Langford led TCU with 14 points while Zvonko Buljan added 10 points and 12 boards.
Line of Defense
The Frogs will enter the contest against the Cougars ranked 56th in the nation in scoring defense as TCU is allowing opponents to score 63.1 points per game. TCU is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in scoring defense behind San Diego State (58.6 P-G) and Air Force (61.6 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.
A mainstay in the TCU rotation in his three seasons, Kevin Langford has been a starter in 84 consecutive games and has posted a double-digit scoring performance in 61 of those contests (15 - Sr. | 24 - Jr. | 22 - So.). Langford needs one start to break into the top-10 for all-time games started in a TCU career.
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, Langford has scored 1,206 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 became the 18th player in program history to post over 1,100 career points for the Frogs on February 4th and now ranks 17th in the all-time rankings at 1,140 career points. The TCU senior continues to move up the rankings in career free throw attempts (549) and free throws made (373) where he ranks fourth in both categories.
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 only the fourth freshman this decade to earn a spot in the starting rotation in his debut game with the Frogs joining Mike Scott (2007-08), Femi Ibikunle (2003-04) and Corey Santee (2001-02). The Fort Worth product became the first freshman since Chudi Chinweze in 2002-03 to score 20 or more points in a game after he collected a career-high 20 points on the road at Louisiana Tech on December 22nd.
The TCU freshman has proven to be an offensive threat for the Frogs as Moss is ranked fourth on the team in scoring (10.0 P-G) and third in double-digit scoring contests (14) - including five straight 10-plus scoring games.
Good Things Come in Three's
The Frogs have made at least one three-pointer in 334 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 551 of their last 552 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 408-238 (.633) on their home court. Over the past 11 seasons, the Frogs have posted a 148-63 (.706) overall record at home with a 9-3 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 32.4 percent (133-of-410) of their trey attempts. The Frogs are currently ranked 55th in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
The Frogs have double players averaging double-digits in Langford (14.3 P-G), Buljan (11.7 P-G), Ruzgas (10.7 P-G) and Moss (10.0 P-G). This is the first time since the 2004-05 season that TCU has four players averaging double figures during a season.
Scouting the Cougars
BYU enters the contest with an 18-5 overall record and 6-3 mark in Mountain West Conference action - which places them fourth in the league standings. The Cougars are in the midst of a three-game winning streak with two of those games coming on their home floor. BYU has posted a 6-2 mark on the road this season and a 2-2 road record in conference action.
Lee Cummard is making a strong claim for Mountain West Conference Player of the Year as the BYU senior is ranked in the top-10 in nine statistical categories, including scoring average (16.9 P-G | 3rd), field goal percentage (.568 | 4th), free throw percentage (.829 | 4th), blocked shots (0.83 B-G | 5th), rebounds (6.4 R-G | 6th) and assists (3.39 A-G | 10th).
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.
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 11.7 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.4 rebounds per contest. The 6-9 forward is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game (7.4 R-G), ninth in field goal percentage (111-of-214 | .519) and 16th in scoring average (11.7 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. In Mountain West Conference games, Buljan is averaging 12.1 points to go along with 8.5 boards per game - which ranks first in the league.
Buljan is tied for first on the Frogs in double-digit scoring games (15) and has notched six double-doubles (Colorado, Wichita State, UNLV, BYU, Air Force and UNLV). The six double-doubles for the 6-9 forward this season are the most since the 2001-02 campaign when Jamal Brown and Marlon Dumont finished with nine and eight double-doubles, respectively.
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 72.3 percent (323-of-447) 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.
Buljan Recognized by The Sporting News
Zvonko Buljan was recognized by The Sporting News as the one of the top international players in NCAA Division I basketball during the 2008-09 campaign. A native of Split, Croatia, the 6-9 forward was ranked 21st overall and the second best international player in the Mountain West Conference behind Utah's Luke Nevill - who was ranked fifth overall.
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