Feb. 22, 2007
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Game #26 Sat., Feb. 24, 2007 TCU (10-15, 2-11) vs. #14/13 Air Force (23-5, 10-4)
1 p.m. (CT) Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Fort Worth, Texas
Game Day Information
Television: MountainWest Sports Network (the mtn.)
James Bates (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (analyst) will describe the action.
Satellite Coordinates: SBS 6, Transponder K 9 lower (digital)
Radio: ESPN FM 103.3 and KTCU 88.7 FM in Fort Worth/Dallas
Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) will call the game on the TCU/ISP Sports Network. The game can also be heard online at www.GoFrogs.com.
Next on the Schedule: TCU closes out its home season against Wyoming on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. It is Senior Night for TCU, as the program will honor a trio of four-year lettermen - Blake Adams, Neil P. Dougherty and Femi Ibikunle - in a pregame ceremony.
A TCU Win Would...
Give the Horned Frogs their third league victory of the season, surpassing last year's total.
Snap the Frogs' 11-game losing streak and five-game home losing skid.
Be the first win over a ranked foe since Feb. 17, 2004, when TCU defeated Louisville, 71-46.
Be just the 12th victory over a nationally-ranked team in school history. This is the 100th time that the Horned Frogs are facing a top-25 team.
A Needed Rest and a Needed Home Game
TCU enjoyed a mid-week break thanks to their second and final bye of the conference slate. The Frogs' other bye came in mid-January, following their third game of the MWC season.
The Horned Frogs are playing their first home game since Feb. 10, a span of two weeks.
A Mountain of a League
Last year, the Mountain West sent two teams to the NCAA Tournament, as regular-season and tournament champion San Diego State grabbed a No. 11 seed, while Air Force received an at-large bid at No. 13.
This year, however, the league is projected to receive at least three bids. In the most recent Bracketology projections on ESPN.com, Joe Lunardi has Air Force as a No. 4 seed, BYU as a No. 6 and UNLV at No. 6.
The current RPIs of the three projected NCAA teams are: No. 10 UNLV, No. 14 Air Force and No. 23 BYU.
The conference is currently ranked eighth out of the 31 leagues in RPI.
The Horned Frogs Against the Falcons
TCU is 1-4 all time against Air Force and has lost four straight games.
The Frogs are 1-1 all time vs. the Falcons in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Air Force has held TCU under 50 points in three straight meetings, as TCU has scored just 44.3 points per game over that stretch.
The lone close game in the series was an 81-78 victory by Air Force on Feb. 20, 1999 in Colorado Springs.
The average margin of victory in the other four games is 26.0.
The Earlier Meeting Between TCU and Air Force
Air Force limited TCU to just 15 first-half points and 39 total points in a 72-39 win on Jan. 23.
The Falcons shot better than 60 percent from the field, while TCU was under 33 percent.
No Frog reached double figures in the contest.
TCU assistant coach Jeff Luster is a native of Littleton, Colo., and his first Division I job was as the Director of Basketball Operations at Air Force during the 1999-2000 season.
An original member of Dougherty's staff at TCU, Luster spent one year at the Academy.
Rank and File
TCU is 11-88 (.111) all time against nationally-ranked teams and has lost seven straight and 16 of its last 17 meetings against top-25 teams.
The Horned Frogs own a 6-19 (.240) all-time record against ranked teams at home.
TCU's most recent home win over a ranked team came on Feb. 17, 2004, when the Horned Frogs drubbed No. 10 Louisville by a 71-46 final.
On Jan. 23, Air Force was the first top-25 team TCU clashed with since a road tilt with Syracuse on Dec. 3, 2005, a span of 42 games.
The Falcons are the first ranked team to visit Fort Worth since No. 24 Cincinnati on Feb. 26, 2005. The Bearcats won that game, 89-74.
Willing to Play the Best
This is the 17th top-25 opponent that TCU has faced in Neil Dougherty's 149th game at the helm of the program (1 per every 8.8 games).
TCU competed against just 19 ranked teams during the entire decade of the 1990s, a span of 303 games (1 per every 15.9 games).