Nov. 13, 2003
Wrapping Up the Preseason
The TCU Horned Frogs conclude their two-game exhibition slate when they face the EA Sports Southwest All-Stars on Friday, Nov. 14. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU is 1-0 in the exhibition portion of its schedule, while the EA Sports squad, which is made up of former college players, is 2-6. Each of the eight games that EA Sports Southwest has played has been decided by 15 or fewer points, with the average margin of victory being just 8.9 points. EA Sports is averaging 80.9 points per game, while opponents are averaging 85.4 points per contest.
New Frogs On Display at First Exhibition Game
Last Thursday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the TCU men's basketball team opened the lid on the 2003-04 season with a 101-66 victory over Vilnius Sakalai, a team playing its first of eight games on an exhibition tour of the United States. TCU fans had their first look at five Frog newcomers. Junior Aaron Curtis (Grand Prairie, Texas) and freshman Femi Ibikunle (Lagos, Nigeria) received started nods, while freshmen Neil P. Dougherty (Fort Worth, Texas), Blake Adams (Houston, Texas) and Art Pierce (Tyler, Texas) provided minutes off the bench. Ultimately, the TCU newcomers would contribute 44 percent of the team's scoring, with Curtis heading the group with a game-high 23 points. TCU, which subbed en masse, blew the game open in the second 20 minutes thanks to 53 percent shooting. TCU was 23-of-43 from the floor in the second half, while Sakalai managed just 19 shot attempts, making six. On the night, Horned Frogs forced 34 turnovers and out-rebounded Vilnius 45-35.
Starting the 93rd Season
TCU officially begins its 93rd season of intercollegiate basketball when it plays host to Texas-Arlington on Saturday, Nov. 22. Tip is slated for 7:05 p.m. at DMC. The Horned Frogs own an all-time record of 988-1125 (.468) in their previous 92 seasons of roundball. The Frogs lead the all-time series with UTA by an 11-3 margin. The last meeting resulted in a 115-84 victory by TCU on Dec. 19, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Horned Frogs at Home
TCU has compiled a record of 348 wins and 202 losses (.633) in the 550 games at DMC since 1961. Since the 1981-82 season, TCU's homecourt advantage has been even more pronounced, as the Horned Frogs have posted an overall home record of 231 wins and 82 losses (.738).
What's Going on Outside?
The $6 million Ed & Rae Schollmaier Basketball Practice Facility is currently being constructed southwest of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the grounds formerly occupied by the baseball stadium. TCU broke ground on the project in July of 2003, and the complex is expected to be finished in March of 2004. When completed, the 22,000-square-foot complex will feature office space for both coaching staffs, two NCAA regulation practice courts, meeting rooms, weight room, a lobby and courtyard.
These Times, They are a Changin'
Due to the TCU-SMU football game at 2:00 p.m. in Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 29, TCU and Tulsa's men's basketball programs have agreed to move the basketball game time back one hour. The Horned Frogs and Golden Hurricane will now tip off at 8:05 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Neil Dougherty Coaches' Show
The location, dates and times for the Neil Dougherty Call-In Show have been finalized. Seven of the nine remaining shows will take place at Railhead Smokehouse (2900 Montgomery St.), while the other two will be at selected fraternity or sorority houses. All shows are aired live in Fort Worth/Dallas on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM as well as KTCU 88.7 FM.
Date Time Location
Dec. 16 (Tue.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead
Jan. 15 (Thu.) 7:00 p.m. Fraternity/Sorority
Jan. 21 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead
Feb. 5 (Thu.) 7:00 p.m. Fraternity/Sorority
Feb. 11 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead
Feb. 16 (Mon.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead
Feb. 23 (Mon.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead
Mar. 1 (Mon.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead
Mar. 15 (Mon.) 7:00 p.m. Railhead