Nov. 27, 2006
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Four Score and Many Years Ago
TCU sports a 4-1 record for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign and for just the fourth time in the last 14 seasons dating back to 1992-93.
The Horned Frogs have been 5-1 or better through five games just five times in the past 20 years dating back to 1985-86 (1990-91, 1991-92, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99).
The TCU bench has oustcored opposing benches by an amazing 188-88 count through five games, which figures to 20 points per game (37-17).
The Horned Frogs' bench outscored the entire Grambling State team 48-46 and outscored the Tigers' subs 48-4.
TCU's substitutes had more points (53) in the game against UT-Arlington than Centenary, Stephen F. Austin and UTA's subs scored combined.
The Frog bench also holds an impressive 81-54 edge in rebounds.
The only team's bench to outscore TCU's thus far was St.Mary's (36-28).
This is TCU's third game against an in-state school already this season. TCU is 2-0 after victories over Stephen F. Austin and UT-Arlington.
Of the Horned Frogs' 13 nonconference games, TCU has six against programs in the state of Texas. In addition, five more are versus schools from neighboring states (Louisiana-3, Oklahoma-1 and Arkansas-1).
The only nonleague games against schools from nonbordering states are against St. Mary's and Colorado.
TCU's Neil Dougherty and Texas Tech's Bob Knight have a common bond in the United States Military Academy and are part of the same coaching tree.
Knight, who coached six seasons at Army, mentored current Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski there. Dougherty played two seasons at Army and was recruited by and played one year for Krzyzewski.
Dougherty is one of six of Coach K's former players and assistants who are head coaches at the Division I leve. He joins Tommy Amaker (Michigan), Robert Brickey (Shaw), Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), and Mike Dement (UNC Greensboro).
Coach Dougherty's father was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army stationed in Leavenworth, Kan.
The Horned Frogs Against the Red Raiders
TCU has a 44-69 record all time against Texas Tech.
Except for the 1999-2000 campaign, the former Southwest Conference rivals have met every year since 1955.
The Red Raiders have won four of the last five meetings, including an 81-54 decision last year in Lubbock.
TCU won the most recent game in Fort Worth, 83-69, on Nov. 23, 2004.
Just one of the last eight games in the series has been decided by fewer than 10 points (a 67-60 Tech win in Lubbock on Dec. 10, 2003).
Neil Dougherty is 1-3 in his career against Texas Tech.
Putting the Clamps on `Em
TCU held Grambling State to just 46 points, the fewest allowed by a TCU team since a 71-46 victory over 10th-ranked Louisville on Feb. 17, 2004.
Grambling shot just 29.4 percent from the floor and committed 30 turnovers in the contest.
Free But Not Easy
TCU has shot a league-low 54.3 percent from the free throw line on the year, while opponents have made 61.9 percent from the stripe.
The Horned Frogs have gotten to the line 162 times in five games, an average of better than 32 times per outing. Wyoming is the next closest team at 27 attempts per game.
Ryan Wall (34-for-40) and Keion Mitchem (9-for-10) are shooting a combined 86.0 percent from the charity line. The rest of the team is just 45-for-112 (.402).
Wall's 34 free throws made rank first in the conference.