Nov. 11, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program will look to capture its first win of the season Tuesday night when it takes on Longwood University at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the contest against the Lancers can follow it live on FrogVision. The radio broadcast is available by going to the men's basketball schedule and clicking on the listen live icon located on the right side of the page. Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play) and Herb Stephens (Color) will be on the airwaves.
Longwood comes into Tuesday night's contest fresh off an 82-44 setback to South Carolina. Against the Gamecocks, senior Tristan Carey scored 12 points to lead the Lancers (0-1), who will be playing their second game under new head coach Jayson Gee at the DMC. Longwood returns seven lettermen from last season when the Lancers finished 8-25 overall, 4-12 in the Big South. Carey was a preseason All-Big South Second Team selection and has tallied 944 career points in his three-year career.
TCU will be taking on Longwood for the first time in program history Tuesday.
Did You Know
TCU is 4-0 all-time against Big South opponents in school history. The last time the Frogs played a Big South opponent came during the 1999 season when TCU dropped UNC-Asheville, 101-67. In the previous four contest, the Purple and White are averaging 83.8 points per game, while limiting Big South opponents to 61 points per contest. In all, three out of the four victories have come in Fort Worth, with the other one coming against Coastal Carolina in Oklahoma City in 1991.
TCU hasn't lost a home-opener at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since falling to Nebraska, 62-50, during the 2008-09 season. The Horned Frogs have won four-straight and 10 out of their last 12 contests at the DMC to begin their home season. Prior to the loss to the Huskers, the Frogs last lost a home-opener during the 2001 campaign to Louisiana-Monroe.
Parrish Starts Off Strong
Brandon Parrish led TCU in scoring against SMU, scoring a team and game-high 13 points. The last time a freshman scored in double-figures in their opening game as a Horned Frog came from now junior Amric Fields who tallied 18 points against Jackson State in 2010. Parrish joined K-State's Wesley Iwundu (14), Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (16) and Texas' Isaiah Taylor (17) as the only freshmen in the Big 12 Conference to lead their respective teams in scoring during their season-openers.
The last time a newcomer led TCU in scoring in his debut came during the 2008-09 season when then junior college transfer Edvinas Ruzgas scored a team-high 16 points against Western Michigan.
Freshmen Starting Off
In TCU's season-opener against SMU, the Horned Frogs freshmen quartet of Karviar Shepherd (8), Michael Williams (6), Brandon Parrish (13) and Hudson Price (3) combined to score 30 of TCU's 61 points, which is almost 50 percent of the Horned Frogs' scoring output. TCU started three freshmen in Shepherd, Parrish and Price for the first time in recent memory.
It was the highest output by a class of newcomers since TCU had five newcomers score 66 of TCU's 93 season-opening points against Northwestern State in 2001.
We Got Game
The TCU men's basketball coaching staff currently ranks No. 6 in the NCAA among leaders in coaching staff points during their playing careers with 4,063 combined points. TCU head coach Trent Johnson recorded 1,555 points while playing at Boise State in the late 80's.
TCU experienced a fast start to the 2012-13 season with a 9-4 mark in non-conference play. The Horned Frogs' .692 final non-conference winning percentage marked its best figure since going 10-4 (.714) in 2004-05. TCU went 7-2 in non-conference at home with the squad's losses coming by a combined nine points to SMU and Houston. TCU has finished with a winning non-conference record each season since 2005-06.
Home Sweet Home
TCU has notched 449 triumphs in the 51-year history of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and has posted a winning percentage of .626 (449-268) on its home court.
Over the past 17 seasons, the Frogs have accumulated a 200-96 (.676) overall record at the DMC while posting at least 10 home victories on 12 occasions.
Last Time Out
In a game that came down to the final minutes, TCU came up just short Friday night in its season-opener, falling to SMU at the American Airlines Center, 69-61.
On the night, freshman Brandon Parrish carried the Frogs, scoring a game-high 13 points, while Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray both chipped in with nine points apiece, respectively. Freshman Karviar Shepherd came up just short of tallying his first career double-double with an eight-point, eight-board outing.
The Horned Frogs appeared to be well on their way to capturing their first win of the season Friday, jumping out to a 36-30 lead during the opening stages of the second half off a 6-0 run, but in the end couldn't make enough plays down the stretch.
TCU returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 19 against Abilene Christian. Start time in the DMC is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest +.