Horned Frogs Set to Face Angelo State in Season Opener
Nov. 9, 2007
Game Day Information
Horned Frogs Strong in Season Openers
The Horned Frogs have recorded an all-time record of 60-36 (.625) in season openers and have also notched a 47-13 (.783) overall record in their home openers. TCU has won 25 of their last 26 homes openers with their lone loss in the span coming during the 2005 season against Tarleton State (59-68).
In the first game for the Horned Frogs of the season at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum under Neil Dougherty, TCU is averaging 79.8 points per game compared to 66.8 points for opponents. Only one opponent has scored more than 70 points in the home opener against the Horned Frogs over the last five years.
Frogs Dominant over LCC Time Team in Exhibition Action
TCU senior Brent Hackett led the way offensively for the Frogs with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting - including 5-of-11 from behind the three-point line. Hackett recorded 11 of his final 13 points of the first half in a 36-8 run in the final 8:36 prior to intermission. He also added four steals and three rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
Henry Salter made a nice debut for the Frogs in exhibition action as the TCU junior collected 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds and four steals.
The Frogs had four players reach double figures in the game in addition to Hackett and Salter, Ryan Wall collected 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in seven minutes of action, and Jason Ebie recorded 10 points, eight assists, five steals and two rebounds.
As a team, the Frogs connected on 53.6 percent (45.of-84) of their field goal attempts, including 16 three-pointers, and 10 of the 13 players that scored in the game shot over 50.0 percent. The Frogs had 13 of 14 players score in the game and 12 of those 13 players scored at least five points in the game.
The Frogs' defense held LCC Time Team to 41.3 percent (19-of-46) shooting from the field, including 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from behind the three-point line. The TCU defense recorded 30 steals while forcing their opponents to commit 47 turnovers in the game.
The Inaugural Meeting Between TCU and Angelo State
Scouting the Opponents - Angelo State University
Fred Rike returns to the helm for the Rams for his second season. The ASU?head coach is extremely familiar with the Horned Frogs' squad as he served as the Associate Head Coach at the University of North Texas for two seasons.
Angelo State is led by All-American candidate Marcus Hubbard, who earned first team All-Lone State Conference and second team Daktronics All-Region accolades last season. The Ram standout was selected as the Pre-Season Lone State Conference South Division Player of the Year and returns as the team's top scorer at 21.8 points per game as well as their top force on the boards at 8.9 rebounds per game.
Quinn Barfield returns as the Rams' second-leading scorer from a season ago with a 13.5 points per game average to go along with an average of 6.6 boards per evening.
The Rams' will get a big boast in their scoring this season with the addition of Cecil County Community College-transfer Denell Stephens, who helped the Seahawks to a 97-8 overall record in his two seasons with the squad. The 6-3 squad averaged a double-double for the Seahawks last season while collecting 12.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game en route to connecting on 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts.
Angelo State assistant coach Kenneth Mangrum is the second member of the ASU coaching staff to be familiar with the Purple and White as he played four seasons at the University of North Texas. During his tenure with the Mean Green, Mangrum played the Horned Frogs on four occasions.
Angelo State will have an experienced player returning at the point guard position during the 2007-08 season as Jerod Haynes returns as the Rams' floor general after missing the final half of the season due to knee surgery. Prior to his departure from the ASU lineup, the Rams had recorded a 7-5 record then went 2-12 without their offensive leader.
The Rams will also benefit from the return of post player Antwon Williams, who joins the squad after playing one season at Texas State where he led the Bobcats in blocked shots. the ASU forward is also a member of the football program for the Rams.
In the pre-season rankings for the Lone Star Conference, Angelo State was picked to finish fourth overall in the South Division behind Tarleton State, West Texas A&M and Midwestern State, but slated to finish above Texas A&M-Kingsville, Eastern New Mexico and Abilene Christian.
Home-Grown Talent Pays Dividends for Horned Frogs
The Fort Worth duo come into the season as the team's top scorers as Langford averaged 13.2 points per game while Hackett was listed second in the scoring category with an 11.2 points per evening average.
Langford and Hackett recorded their best years last season for the Horned Frogs as both players were selected as honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference award winners. The pair recorded 734 total points (Langford - 397 / Hackett - 337) and accounted for 38.8 percent of all the scoring for the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs will look for big production from another Fort Worth, TX, native in Luke Tauscher, who begins his first season with the program after sitting out last season due to a red-shirt campaign. The 6-11 center is also the tallest member of the TCU squad.
The Battle at the Boards
The Purple and White were out-rebounded by one board during the 2006-07 season, 1,018 to 1,017, en route to recording their eighth straight season with a positive rebounding margin.
The last time that the Horned Frogs recorded a negative rebounding margin came during the 1998-99 campaign.
Langford Looking for BIG Junior Campaign
Langford was selected by CBS Sportsline as a pre-season second team award winner for the Mountain West Conference.
The Fort Worth, TX, native recorded 21 games of 10 or more points, including 20-plus performances in five of the final 10 games of the season. Langford recorded a career-high 23 points after he connected on 9-of-19 field goal attempts, including 4-of-5 shots from beyond the three-point line, against Wyoming (Feb. 28)
Langford concluded his sophomore campaign by ranking 10th in rebounds per game, 13th in blocked shots per game and 15th in points per game among all players in the Mountain West Conference.
Back to Full Health - Hackett Ready for Standout Season
During his first three years - Hackett has appeared in 92 games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 58 occasions, missing only four starts in the last two seasons.
Hackett scored a career-high 24 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists in TCU's victory over New Mexico (Mar. 6) in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
A product of Fort Worth, Hackett will be one of the main leaders on the team and should see his scoring average rise with the Frogs' addition of several shooters in key positions.
Welcome to the Parker's
This will only be the fourth year of organized basketball for the Turks & Caicos Islands' native as he spent his first two seasons in organized basketball at Frank Phillips Junior College followed by a single season with TCU.
Parker recorded his first career double-double (points-rebounds) against UNLV (Jan. 20) with a career-high 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds. In that contest, the TCU low post standout connected on 8-of-10 field goal attempts and swatted away three attempted shots by the Runnin' Rebels.
TCU Looking to Make Name in National Spotlight
The Horned Frogs has recorded four victories over nationally-ranked opponents during Dougherty's tenure with their latest victim coming against the Air Force Academy where TCU notched a 71-66 win in February of 2007.
TCU is 12-88 (.120) all-time against nationally-ranked teams and has dropped 15 of its last 17 match-ups against teams ranked in the top-25. The victory over the Falcons snapped a six-game skid against ranked opponents.
The Horned Frogs haven't had much success against nationally-ranked opponents on the road as they have dropped 47 of 48 match-ups when away from the DMC. Their lone victory came against Hawaii (83-79) on January 19, 1998.
Frogs Return Lots of Scoring
The returning scorers for the Horned Frogs will return 1,507 total points from the 2006-07 season - which equals 79.6 percent of their scoring from a season ago.
When it comes to shooting, the Frogs' returning scorers connected on a combined 42.3 percent (512-of-1,225) of their field goal attempts from a season ago. Three returning players connected on 40.0 percent or higher of their field goal attempts in Parker (54.6 / 118-of-216), Owens (50.0 / 75-of-150) and Langford (46.3 / 136-of-294).
New Faces Begin Life in a New Place
Salter was a NJCAA All-American third team member last season after finishing fourth in the country in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He was the only player in the country to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding as he finished sixth with an 11.8 boards per evening.
Ortiz was a two-year standout at Colby Community College where the Colombian native notched 8.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while swatting a team-high 41 shots last season.
Two other new faces that will quickly plenty of notice this season come in newcomers Luke Tauscher and Mike Scott, who coaches believes will play heavily into their plans this season.
Tauscher red-shirted last season and will give the Frogs a new look in the low post as the 6-11 Fort Worth native has the ability to post up down low, connect on the mid-range jumper and is an excellent shot blocker.
Scott begins his first season with the Frogs, but is hardly the youngest member of the squad as he is 21-years-old. The TCU rookie is a quick, athletic and aggressive competitor at the point guard-position.
It's All About the Ebie
Mitchem Returns to Lineup
Frogs Set to Take MWC by Storm
Last season, TCU was ranked towards the bottom in the conference in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage and free throw percentage, but towards the top of conference in scoring defense, rebounding defense and steals.
The Trey Comes Easy to the Frogs
Prior to the failed connection, TCU recorded a three-point in 217 straight games dating back to the 1989-90 season when the Longhors of Texas stopped the Frogs on February 11, 1990.
The Frogs have connected on at least one three-pointer in 510 of their last 511 games.
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Horned Frogs have recorded a 126-56 (.700) overall record and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 seasons.
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