Nov. 7, 2012
FORT WORTH - TCU men's basketball opens up the 102nd season in program history when it plays host to Cal Poly on Friday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest, the first for the Horned Frogs under new head coach Trent Johnson and as members of the Big 12 Conference, tips off at 6 p.m. and will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.
Johnson leads TCU into a new era in 2012-13 following previous coaching stints at LSU (2008-12), Stanford (2004-08) and Nevada (1999-2004). He inherits a team that posted its first winning campaign in seven seasons last year with an 18-15 overall record overall and 7-7 mark in Mountain West play.
The matchup against Cal Poly will be the first telecast of TCU's new broadcast partnership with FOX Sports Southwest. The game will be carried live on FSSW Plus (DirecTV 677; Dish 444-53, 473-78) with the veteran Frog radio tandem of Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) calling the action on TV. Veteran broadcaster Steve Lamb (pxp) and former Horned Frog Herb Stephens (analyst) will fill in on the TCU-IMG Sports Netowrk radio broadcast, which will air live in Metroplex on both 1460 AM KCLE and 88.7 FM KTCU.
Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while the radio broadcast is also available online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* Trent Johnson is 3-0 as a head coach in debut games with a new program. He is 11-2 in his career in season openers (Nevada 4-1; Stanford 3-1; LSU 4-0), having won six straight.
* TCU is 13-7 all-time in debut games for a new head coach. The Frogs are 5-0 in coaching debuts dating back to Jim Killingsworth's first game in 1979.
* TCU is 65-36 all-time in season openers, including 51-13 at home. It has won 11 of the last 12 openers and six straight.
* TCU returns nine letterwinners from last year's team and four players with at least 10 starts.
* TCU returns players who accounted for 54.7% of its scoring, 51.2% of rebounding and 50.8% of assists last year.
* Garlon Green enters his senior season as TCU's active career leader in points (829), rebounds (340), steals (42), 3-pointers (95), games played (97) and starts (52).
* TCU is entering its first season as a member of the Big 12. The Frogs have played in four leagues previously: Southwest Conference (1923-1996), WAC (1996-2001), Conference USA (2001-05) and Mountain West (2005-2012).
* Ten of the 15 players on this year's roster are Texas natives, the highest figure for the squad since 2005-06, when 13 of 16 players were from the Lone Star State. Five players hail from the DFW Metroplex.
* TCU finished 14-3 last season at home, its best record at the DMC since posting the same mark in 2004-05.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
Cal Poly, led by fourth-year head coach Joe Callero, posted an 18-15 overall record last season and finished fourth place in the Big West Conference with an 8-8 league mark. The squad's campaign ended in the semifinal round of the Big West tournament at the hands of UC Santa Barbara (66-54).
The Mustangs lost three starters from last season's team, including their top three players in terms of points and assists and top two rebounders. Junior forward Chris Eversley is the team's leading returning scorer (8.2 ppg) and rebounder (4.8 rpg). Senior guard Dylan Royer, one of the nation's top long-range shooting threats last season, also returns. He ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division I in 3-point shooting with a 46.5% (72-of-155) mark.
Last season's CPU squad ranked No. 6 nationally in fewest opponent rebounds per game (29.1 rpg), No. 12 in fewest turnovers (10.6 tpg), No. 24 in scoring defense (60.5 ppg) and No. 28 in rebounding margin (+5.5).
THE SERIES: TCU VS. CAL POLY
TCU and Cal Poly will be meeting for the first time ever on the hardwood. The Frogs are 14-10 all-time against current Big West members. Its last matchup against a Big West team resulted in an 83-65 victory over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, 2009 in Tempe, Ariz. (Preseason NIT).
A GLANCE BACK AT 2011-12
TCU will try to build off its most successful season in several years, as the 2011-12 Horned Frogs' 18-15 overall record marked the program's first winning season since 2004-05 (21-14).
* TCU's 18 victories were four more than in any season since 2004-05.
* TCU finished fifth in the Mountain West with a 7-7 league record. The wins total matched the team's most conference victories in its seven MW seasons despite playing two fewer league games (14) than in previous years (16).
* The Frogs' CBI appearance marked the program's first national postseason tournament bid since an NIT quarterfinals run in 2005.
* The 14-3 home record matched the program's best since a 15-1 mark in 2000-01.
* TCU posted two victories over ranked opponents in games vs. No. 11 UNLV and No. 18 New Mexico. It marked the first time in program history the Frogs defeated two top-20 foes in a single season.
JOHNSON TAKES PROGRAM REIGNS
New head coach Trent Johnson brings an impressive resume with him to TCU, having served previous stints as head coach at Nevada (1999-2004), Stanford (2004-08) and LSU (2008-12).
* Johnson owns a 226-185 career record (.550) and has posted winning marks in each of his three head coaching stops at Nevada (79-74), Stanford (80-47) and LSU (67-64).
* Johnson has been named coach of the year in each of the three leagues in which he has worked: the WAC (2003), Pac-10 (2008) and SEC (2009).
* Johnson has guided teams to eight postseason tournament appearances in his 13 seasons, including five NCAA Tournament bids. He led both Nevada (2004) and Stanford (2008) to the Sweet 16.
* Johnson has a history of producing talented players. Two of his pupils (Kirk Snyder - 2004 Nevada; Marcus Thornton - 2009 LSU) were named conference player of the year, while he has seen nine players reach the NBA during his head coaching career.
* TCU fans may remember Johnson from his time as head coach at Nevada, which the Frogs shared WAC membership with during the 2000-01 season. TCU was 2-0 against Johnson's Wolf Pack team during his second year in Reno.
RETURNING AWARD WINNERS
Two returning players on this year's team, sophomore point guard Kyan Anderson and junior forward Amric Fields, garnered conference awards in the Frogs' final season as a member of the Mountain West.
* Anderson became the fourth Frog to be named league freshman of the year after leading all Mountain West freshmen in scoring average (9.8 ppg), assists (3.07 apg), assist/turnover ratio (1.48) and minutes (34.64 mpg) during league action.
* Anderson's honor made him the first Frog freshman of the year since Damion Walker earned the Southwest Conference award in 1996.
* Anderson's 22 starts were the most for a TCU freshman since Femi Ibikunle totaled 28 in 2003-04, while his 90 assists were the most since Corey Santee's 180 in 2001-02.
* Fields became TCU's first-ever conference sixth man of the year after leading all MW bench players (five starts or fewer) in scoring (9.6 ppg). He was the only bench player among the MW's top-20 scorers, tying for 20th.
* Fields 543 career points and 66 games played rank second on the team behind only senior Garlon Green.
GREEN LEADS SENIOR CLASS
TCU features a four-man senior class led by guard/forward Garlon Green, the undisputed veteran of the group.
* Green is the only player on the team who has spent more than two years on the roster.
* Green is TCU's active leader in several categories, including games played (97), starts (52), scoring (829), rebounds (340), steals (42) and 3-pointers (95).
* Green has been the team's leading returning scorer each of the last two seasons. He led the 2010-11 squad with an 11.2-point average, while his 9.9-point average last season trailed only graduated seniors Hank Thorns (13.5 ppg) and J.R. Cadot (11.4 ppg).
* Green needs only 171 points to become the 31st member of TCU's 1,000-point club.
Six new faces dot this season's TCU roster, four high school additions and two transfers from four-year schools.
* Forward Devonta Abron joins the Frogs from Arkansas, where he started 22 games and led the squad in rebounding as a true freshman last season.
* Abron, who was granted an NCAA waiver in order to be eligible to play this season without sitting out for a year, was one of the nation's top recruits in the class of 2011. He was named a Parade All-American as a senior at Dallas' Seagoville High School.
* Guard Christian Gore, the other transfer, appeared in 12 games last season as a true freshman for Brown before moving to TCU in time for the second semester. He will be eligible to play for the Frogs in January.
* Guard Charles Hill Jr. arrives following a standout career at Fort Worth's Trimble Tech High School. The No. 27 player in Texas and a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com., Hill was a two-time all-district honoree who averaged 16.0 points and 3.1 steals per game while leading the Bulldogs to a 30-5 record and league championship as a senior.
* Guard Clyde Smith III, a Houston native, returns to the state of Texas after playing prep school ball the last three years at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Smith attracted attention from several top college programs and was named the nation's No. 50 point guard and No. 27 overall player in Texas by ESPN.com.
* Guard Kemal Dincer joins the squad from Turkey, where he played for the Istanbul BB senior team that competed in the Turkish Basketball Second League. Dincer hails from a basketball family, as both his grandfather and father played for the Turkish National Team.
* Center Aaron Durley joins the TCU frontcourt following his prep career at Houston-area Fort Bend Bush High School. Durley was a three-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com and was rated as the No. 41 prep prospect in Texas by ESPN.com. He sufferred a preseason knee injury and is expected to miss the entire 2012-13 season.
A TEXAS FLAVOR
Ten of the 15 players on this year's Horned Frogs roster are Texas natives, the highest figure for the squad since 2005-06, when 13 of 16 players were from the Lone Star State.
* TCU has four hometown products on the roster who hail from Fort Worth (Kyan Anderson, Charles Hill Jr., Adrick McKinney and Thomas Montigel) and five when including the entire Metroplex with Dallas native Devonta Abron.
* The last time TCU did not have at least one Metroplex native on the roster was 2001-02.
* TCU's second-most popular recruiting region has been Houston, as Aaron Durley, Garlon Green and Clyde Smith III each hail from the area.
HOME SWEET HOME AT THE DMC
TCU has notched 440 triumphs in the 50-year history of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and has posted a winning percentage of .629 (440-259) on its home court.
Over the past 16 seasons, the Frogs have accumulated a 192-87 (.688) overall record at the DMC while posting at least 10 home victories on 12 occasions.