TCU looks to remain perfect in record column against Tigers
Nov. 19, 2007
Game Day Information
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Next on the Schedule: The Frogs will tackle their first road test of the season when the Purple and White travel to Lubbock for a match-up against Big XII Conference-foe Texas Tech on Wednesday (Nov. 28). The game can be heard on Fox Sports Radio (1460 AM) and can be heard online at GoFrogs.com and viewed via GameTracker.
Frogs Looking to Remain Dominant over SWAC
The Big Score
Win Three in a Row - That's a Winning Streak
The Glass Cleaners
Statement Time in the Mountain West Conference
Prior to the start of the 2006-07 season, TCU was predicted to finish ninth overall, but the Frogs were able to more than double their win's record from six to 13 at the conclusion of the season.
The Mountain West Conference recorded a strong first week as there are six teams undefeated and eight of the nine teams have each recorded at least two victories.
Teams in the Mountain West Conference have combined for a record of 25-3 (.893 winning percentage) with New Mexico and San Diego State each off to a 4-0 start. TCU, BYU, UNLV and Air Force are all undefeated at 3-0 to start the 2007-08 campaign.
Frogs Improve to 3-0 with 75-61 Victory over UAPB
The Purple and White used a 20-9 run over a three-minute stretch in the middle of the half to break a 13-13 tie and post a commanding 33-22 - which allowed the Frogs to hold a double-digit advantage over the Golden Lions for the remainder of the game.
Brent Hackett led all scorers as the TCU senior finished with 18 points - connecting on five three-pointers - to go along with a 3-of-4 performance from the charity stripe. He connected on a pair of three-pointers to open the game as well as the second half for TCU.
Kevin Langford recorded a season-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes of action. The TCU junior connected on 8-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe - which was a season-high for the Frogs in free throws made.
Henry Salter collected 11 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action. It was the third straight game that the TCU junior collected double digits.
The Frogs were able to force the Golden Lions to commit 23 turnovers in the game - which resulted in 24 points for the Purple and White. It was the third straight game that TCU has held the advantage in points off of turnovers in a game this season.
The Frogs came into the contest ranked third in the country in rebounds per game (55.5 boards per evening), but were held to a season-low 38 rebounds. The Golden Lions were the first team this season to hold an advantage over the Purple and White on the glass as UAPB notched the 41-38 count.
The Purple and White connected on 25-of-37 attempts from the free throw line - which was the first time since January 21, 2006, that TCU has connected on 25 or more charity stripe attempts in a regulation game - a span of 43 games.
Frog Defense Standing Tall
In three games, the Frogs have limited opponents to a combined 35.1 percent (60-of-171) shooting performance and 26.7 percent (12-of-45) from behind the three-point arc.
Since the 1960-61 season, the Frogs have never held opponents to a shooting percentage lower than .400 - their lowest field goal defense came during the 1985-86 season when opponents shot 41.5 percent from the field.
The Frogs have forced opponents into 67 turnovers (22.3 turnovers per game) where they have scored 82 points off of the miscues of their foes - an average of 27.3 points.
Frogs Seeking 400th Victory at the DMC
Charity Stripe Blues
Scouting the Opponents - Grambling State University
The Tigers will come into the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 0-3 record after suffering setbacks to Texas College (86-82), Georgia (83-70) and South Alabama (76-56) - two of those three losses have come on the road. The Tigers have suffered 12 straight setbacks on the road to non-conference opponents in the last three seasons.
Senior Andre Ratliff was a Pre-Season Southwestern Athletic Conference first team selection, but has yet to start in each of the Tigers' three games this season. The Grambling State guard has scored 10 points in those three contests - averaging 3.3 points per game.
Grambling State is led offensively by Anthony Williams - who was selected as a Pre-Season Southwestern Athletic Conference second team award winner. The Tigers' forward is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds per game this season.
The Tigers have been without 6-7 center Jamal Breaux - a Pre-Season Southwestern Athletic Conference selection - in each of their last two games. The Grambling State junior only appeared in 18 minutes during an 86-82 setback to Texas College in the season opener.
Grambling State entered the 2007-08 season ranked 287th in The College Basketball News' RPI Report - which was sixth highest among all Southwestern Athletic Conference programs.
The Tigers were predicted to finish second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings alongside the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff - who the Frogs defeated by a 75-61 count on Saturday (Nov. 17)?afternoon.
Larry Wright begins his 10th season as head men's basketball coach at Grambling State where he has recorded an 81-144 overall record with the Tigers. A former All-American at Grambling State, Wright helped the Washington Bullets captured a NBA Championship in 1978 - his second season in the NBA.
Andrew Prestley - a 6-5 small forward - is ranked second on the Tigers in scoring as the Grambling State sophomore is averaging 16.0 points per game and shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from the field to go along with 66.7 (2-of-3) from behind the three-point line and 80.0 percent (16-of-20) from the charity stripe.
Grambling State will be the second of five opponents from the Southwestern Athletic Conference that the Purple and White will play as TCU is still scheduled to face Texas Southern (Dec. 8), Prairie View A&M (Dec. 22) and Jackson State (Dec. 27). The Frogs have already defeated the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 17).
Always Be Ready to Play
During the 2006-07 campaign - that feat wasn't reached until the 24th game on the road at Colorado State.
Home-Grown Talent Pays Dividends for Horned Frogs
Hackett was the first player that Neil Dougherty signed from the Dallas/Fort Worth Area when he became head men's basketball coach at TCU. Langford also had ties with Dougherty as his brother, Keith, was a recruited and coached by Dougherty at the University of Kansas.
The Fort Worth duo are ranked first and fourth on the squad in scoring as Hackett is averaging 13. points per game - ranked 13th in the Mountain West Conference - while Langford has notched 10.3 points per evening.
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 Frogs are also excited about another Fort Worth talent 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 - who is also the tallest member of the TCU squad - is ranked ninth in the Mountain West Conference with a 6.0 rebounds per game average while chipping into the offensive attack with a 4.3 scoring average.
The Frogs with Nine Lives
This season, the Frogs are averaging 49.7 rebounds per game - which ranks them ninth in the country among all NCAA programs. The Purple and White are the top-ranked team in the State of Texas in rebounds per game.
The "Langford" Road Home
Langford was selected by CBS Sportsline as a pre-season second team award winner for the Mountain West Conference.
This season, the TCU forward is averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and recorded his best game of the season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 17) with a 16-point, eight-board game.
The Hackett Man
During his first three years - Hackett has appeared in 95 games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 61 occasions, missing only four starts in the last two seasons (two of those non-starting games coming on Senior Night).
Hackett has been one of the top scorers for the Frogs over the last three seasons as he has recorded 10 or more points in 37 career games - 2 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore)
The TCU senior only needs six points to reach the 800-point milestone - sitting at 794 career points.
Welcome to the Parker's
This is only the fourth year of organized basketball for the Turks & Caicos Islands' native as he spent his first two seasons at Frank Phillips Junior College followed by his TCU career.
Parker is ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage (72.7% / 16-of-22) with all of his field goal attempts coming in the paint this season. The TCU senior is ranked first in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (4.0 OR-G) and 11th in defensive (4.33 DR-G).
With 65 career blocks under his belt, Parker only needs four more swats to move in the top-10 in the career record books for blocked shots.
Never Shy Away from the National Spotlight
The Frogs has recorded four victories over nationally-ranked opponents during Dougherty's tenure with their latest victim coming against 14th-ranked 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 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.
Bangin' the Boards
The Frogs have recorded 50 or more rebounds in each of their first two games - which is the first time since the first two games of the 2004-05 season that TCU has reached this feat - a span of 93 games. That season, TCU achieved that mark against UT?Arlington (55) and Shawnee State (53).
Frogs Adding a Little Salter to Their Diet
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.
Salter is ranked 20th in the Mountain West Conference in scoring average (11.7 P-G) and is ranked ninth in rebounding (6.0 R-G) and 13th in both offensive rebounds (2.0 OR-G) and defensive rebounds (4.0 DR-G) per game.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in assists-to-turnover ratio (4.5:1) as well as 11th in assists per game with a 3.0 average.
Neon Keion in Primetime
Mitchem is currently ranked 14th in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage (45.5%) and tied for 15th in three-point field goals made per game (1.7 (3FGM-G).
Even though he is only a freshman, Scott is not the youngest member of the squad by any stretch as the City of Brotherly Love native is 21-years-old. The TCU guard is averaging 5.3 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Awaking the Sleeping Giant
This season, the Frogs are ranked in the top three in 12th statistical categories - including first in rebounds per game (55.5), rebounding margin (+13.3 R-G) and steals (11.0 S-G) and second in scoring offense (80.0 P-G).
Close Encounters of the Trey Kind
Prior to the failed connection, TCU recorded a three-pointer in 217 straight games dating back to the 1989-90 season when the Longhorns of Texas stopped the Frogs on February 11, 1990.
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Horned Frogs have recorded a 129-56 (.697) overall record and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 seasons.
Owens is closing in on some memorable milestones as he needs four games to reach the century mark for his career and 12 points to reach the 400-point level - currently he stands at 388 during his Frogs' career.
Wall has slowly been coming back from an off-season injury, but has played in his first three games of the season where he is averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. The TCU senior collected seven points in his last game vs. Rice.
Cool Hand Luke
The Frog center/forward is currently ranked ninth in the Mountain West Conference after averaging 6.0 rebounds per game and third in offensive rebounds per game (3.0 OR-G) through the team's first three games.
Tauscher is mostly known for his ability down-low, but he showcased his shooting range against Angelo State as he connected on a three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the contest.
Dougherty had the opportunity to coach his son, Neil P., for four seasons, and now assistant coach, Sean Woods, will also have the same opportunity as his son, Martiese Morones, is a sophomore with the Frogs.
Woods was a standout at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the "Unforgettables" on the 1992 team that fell 104-103 to Duke in the NCAA Elite Eight in what is considered the greatest college basketball game of all-time. A member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame, Woods connected on the shot to give the Wildcats a 103-102 lead on the Blue Devils before Christian Laettner connected on the shot heard round the world.
The Scoring Frenzy
Welcome to the Program
A tremendous prospect from one of the top high school programs in the nation, Butler will bring great success to the Frogs' basketball program. He is ranked 16th in the State of Texas according to TexasHoops.com in the Class of 2008 after a stellar junior campaign, which was highlighted by earning MVP honors in the Texas State Championship Game.
Lancon comes into the 2007-08 campaign as the 43rd top prospect according to TexasHoops.com. The newly-signed Frog averaged a team-high 11.3 points per game en route to earning first team All-District 24-5A honors.
Blasczyk is listed as the 47th best prospect in the State of Texas according to TexasHoops.com after concluding a junior campaign where he averaged 8.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game.
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