Nov. 16, 2006
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Targeting Number Three
TCU is looking to improve to 3-0 for the second time under Neil Dougherty. The Frogs opened with three straight victories en route to a 20-win season and NIT berth in 2004-05.
In the last 20 seasons, which dates back to the 1986-87 campaign, the Horned Frogs have been 3-0 just seven times (1987-88, 1991-92, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2004-05).
Balance Between Old and New
TCU has used a balanced attack from its five returnees and five newcomers so far this year.
Of TCU's 131 points on the year, 67 have came from the veterans, while 64 have been courtesy of the newcomers.
Of the Frogs' 72 rebounds, 39 have been corralled by returnees and 33 by the newcomers.
The veterans hold an edge in minutes played 236-164.
More of the Balancing Act
TCU had a statistical oddity in the Horned Frogs' victory over Stephen F. Austin as TCU won despite not having a player reach double figures.
Seven Horned Frogs had at least six points in the SFA contest.
Ten TCU players saw double figures in minutes in the season opener, while nine played at least 14 minutes in game two.
Three Horned Frogs are currently averaging in double figures in points (Kevin Langford-11.5, Brent Hackett-11.0 and Blake Adams-10.0), while Alvardo Parker is at 9.5.
A trio of TCU players are averaging at least 5.0 boards per game (Alvardo Parker-6.5, Kevin Langford-5.0 and Neiman Owens-5.0), while Femi Ibikunle is at 4.5.
TCU has scored 65 first-half points and 66 second-half points thus far.
The Horned Frogs Against the Mavericks
TCU owns a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series between the Metroplex schools, including a 12-2 mark in games played in Fort Worth.
The Horned Frogs have won nine straight meetings versus UTA dating back to 1981.
Prior to that, UTA had won three of the previous four clashes, the most recent a 91-80 decision in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Nov. 29, 1980.
Neil Dougherty is 3-0 against the Mavericks, winning by an average of 22.0 points per game.
Knocking Down Shots
TCU is shooting nearly 47 percent from the field through two games.
That figure is nearly 10 percent better than last year's percentage (37.0).
Through two games last year, TCU was just 41-for-125 (.328).
TCU has shot better than 46 percent for the year just three times in the last 16 seasons (1994-95, 1997-98 and 1998-99).
Over the last five games, which dates back to last year, TCU has limited its opponents to just 64.0 points per game. Only UNLV (72) was able to reach the 70-point plateau.
TCU opponents are shooting just 36.6 percent from the field this year (41-for-112), including just 24.1 percent from 3-point range (7-for-29).
Out of the Blocks
TCU has blocked 10 shots through two games, while having just five shots rejected.
Last year through two games, opponents dominated that category, tallying 19 blocks compared to just four for TCU.
In 31 games last year, TCU had more blocks than its opponents just four times. This year the Frogs already have done so twice.
The Horned Frogs have picked up a pair of 6-point wins already this season, making them 2-0 in games determined by 10 points or less.
In the team's last 33 games, 18 have been decided by 10 or fewer points.
The Frogs went just 3-13 (.188) in games decided by 10 or less last year.
In the first three seasons under Neil Dougherty, the Frogs were 21-24 (.467) in those games (8-6 in 2004-05; 7-9 in 2003-04; 6-9 in 2002-03).
The TCU bench has oustcored the opponents bench by a 61-35 count through two games.
TCU's substitutes had as many points in the season opener (35) as Centenary and Stephen F. Austin's subs combined for in the two games.
The Horned Frog bench holds a slim 27-24 rebounding edge.