March 5, 2007
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Game Day Information
Television: MountainWest Sports Network (the mtn.)
Online via Pay-Per-View on www.GoFrogs.com
James Bates (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (analyst)
Satellite Coordinates: TBD
Radio: KMKI AM 620 and KTCU 88.7 FM in Fort Worth/Dallas
Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) on the TCU/ISP Sports Network. The game can also be heard online at www.GoFrogs.com.
Next on the Schedule: If the Horned Frogs defeat New Mexico, a quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded BYU awaits on Thursday. That game would tip at 2 p.m. (CT)/noon (PT).
The Horned Frogs Against the Lobos
New Mexico leads the all time series between the two schools 8 games to 3, but the teams split the two meetings earlier this year as each team held serve on its home floor.
Head coach Neil Dougherty is 1-3 all time against New Mexico.
TCU is 0-2 against UNM in neutral site games. In 1998, the Lobos bounced TCU out of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament after the Frogs had finished the WAC regular season 16-0. That semifinal game was played in the Thomas & Mack Center.
Over the past three games between the teams, TCU has averaged 54.5 points per game, while New Mexico has averaged 58.8.
Frog Players Against the Lobos
Kevin Langford (18.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Alvardo Parker (10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg) have been the top Frogs in the two earlier meetings with UNM this year.
Brent Hackett has averaged 9.8 points per game over four previous meetings with New Mexico, which includes a 20-point outburst.
A Familiar Face Behind the Wall
Junior guard Ryan Wall played two seasons (2003-04, 2004-05) for New Mexico before transferring to TCU.
He played in 41 career games for the Lobos, making one start, and averaged 1.1 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.
Was named 2004 Academic All-Mountain West for UNM.
All-Time Conference Tournament History
TCU owns an all-time conference tournament record of 18-30 (.375), which includes an 0-1 mark in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The Frogs' last league tourney win came against Marquette (60-57 in overtime) in the first round of the 2005 Conference USA Tournament.
The Horned Frogs have never won a league tourney title and have played in a conference championship just twice in 30 previous seasons.
The most recent appearance in a league championship came in 1997, at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. TCU fell 89-68 to Utah at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
In addition, the TCU defense has picked it up in the past three contests, holding Air Force, Wyoming and San Diego State (the league's Nos. 3-5 seeds) to just 37.8 percent shooting (62-for-164). Included in that total is a paltry 19-for-71 (.268) mark from 3-point range.
In the past two games, the Frogs faced the league's top three scorers (Wyoming's Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones as well as San Diego State's Brandon Heath). The three players combined to score just 30 total points, which is 25 below their combined season average.
Ewing (1-for-9), Jones (3-for-8) and Heath (5-for-18) were a combined 9-of-35 from the field (.257). The trio was 2-for-17 (.118) from 3-point range against the Frogs' defense.
A Near Miss at SDSU
TCU suffered a tough 56-51 defeat to the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale.
SDSU went 14-2 at home this year and defeated BYU, UNLV and Air Force by 16.0 points per game.
The Horned Frogs scored just three points in the final 10:41, but had a chance to tie the game with 5 seconds left. However, a Neil P. Dougherty 3-pointer hit the rim and did not go down.
TCU held SDSU to a season-low 32.8 percent shooting from the floor.
The Horned Frogs held SDSU standouts Brandon Heath and Mohamed Abukar to 12 points apiece. The two players were just 9-for-35 (.257) from the field in the contest.