Frogs set for first road test of season at Texas Tech
Nov. 27, 2007
Game Day Information
Radio: Fox Sports Radio (1460 AM) in Dallas/Fort Worth Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) will call the game on the TCU/ISP Sports Network. The game can also be heard online at www.GoFrogs.com and viewed on the TCU Athletics website via GameTracker.
Television: The game between the Frogs and Red Raiders can be seen on KFWD (Channel 52) starting at 7:00 p.m.
Next on the Schedule: The Frogs will return to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday (Dec. 2) when the Frogs welcome the University of Oklahoma for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. The game can be seen on CSTV as well as heard over the airwaves on KTCU (88.7 FM) and ESPN?Radio (103.3 FM). The contest between the Frogs and Sooners can be heard online at GoFrogs.com via Yahoo Sports and viewed through GameTracker.
Frogs Remain Dominant over Southwestern Athletic Conference
The Big Score
The Purple and White currently lead the Mountain West Conference in scoring offense with an average of 84.8 points per game while BYU?(83.7 P-G) and New Mexico (81.7) are the only other programs averaging over 80.0 points per game.
Four in a Row - That's a Winning Streak
Statement Time in the Mountain West Conference
The Mountain West Conference has had a strong first two weeks of the season as all nine teams have posted at least two wins and notched at least a .500 winning percentage.
Teams in the Mountain West Conference have combined for an overall record of 36-11 (76.6 winning percentage). The Frogs along with New Mexico are the only two undefeated teams in the MWC with the Lobos sitting at 6-0 while TCU stands at 4-0. BYU, San Diego State and UNLV all have notched one loss this season.
Frogs Dominate Tigers, 99-67; Maintain Perfect Record
The Purple and White were never in danger during the contest with the Tigers as TCU took the lead following the opening tip and never gave it up. The Frogs took a 10-point advantage at 18-8 with 12:53 remaining in the game and maintained the double-digit advantage throughout the remainder of the contest.
Brent Hackett and Henry Salter each finished with 23 points in the contest and became the first set of teammates to both score 20 points in a game since Hackett and Kevin Langford reached that feat on February 3, 2007 against Utah - a span of 13 games.
Hackett finished 8-of-15 from the field - including a career-high six three-pointers - to go along with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes of action. It was the second straight game that Hackett finished with more points than minutes played as he notched 18 points in 16 minutes of action against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 17).
Salter connected on 9-of-18 field goal attempts - including a trio of three-pointers - to go along with seven rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes of action. It was the fourth straight game that Salter has recorded a double-digit scoring performance - the only Frog to reach that feat this season.
John Ortiz nearly missed out on his career double-double as he finished with nine points and nine rebounds in the game in 17 minutes of action.
The Frogs finished the game with 50 rebounds - which was the third time in four games that TCU has collected at least 50 boards in a game. The Frogs came into the contest ranked ninth in the nation in rebounds per game with a 49.8 board per evening mark.
The Purple and White notched their lowest turnover total of the season as the Tigers were only able to force the Frogs into seven miscues. The Frogs out-scored Grambling State by a 16-2 margin in points off of turnovers.
Every Frog that saw action against the Tigers scored at least one point with Daniel Ford and Nick Metzger each collecting their first collegiate points in the game. Ford finished with two points while Metzger notched one point after a 1-of-2 performance at the line.
Frog Defense Standing Tall
In four games, the Frogs have limited opponents to a combined 36.4 percent (86-of-236) shooting performance and 28.6 percent (20-of-70) 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 86 turnovers (21.5 turnovers per game) where they have scored 98 points off of the miscues of their foes - an average of 24.5 points.
The Frogs have held three of their four foes to under 70 points in a game this season.
The Glass Cleaners
Scouting the Opponents - Texas Tech University
The Red Raiders will come into the game with a 4-2 overall record, including winners of three of their last four games. Texas Tech recently recorded a 2-1 overall record at the Great Alaska Shootout, including a 73-63 victory over nationally-ranked Gonzaga.
The head coach of the Red Raiders does not need an introduction to anybody as Bobby Knight - college basketball's all-time leader in career wins begins his seventh season as the leader of Texas Tech. In his previous six seasons at the helm, Knight has notched a 130-76 overall record for the Red Raiders, including a post-season appearance in almost every season that he has coached in Lubbock.
Senior Zeno Martin was selected as a top-50 preseason candidate for the Wooden Award - which is given to the top collegiate basketball player in the nation. This season, Martin is averaging 14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while connecting on 46.4 percent of his field goal attempts.
Alan Voskuil has enjoyed an outstanding season as the TTU junior has connected on 60.9 percent (28-of-46) of his field goal attempts, including an oustanding 70.8 percent (17-of-24) of his three-point field goal attempts. Voskuil has connected on 14 of his last 18 three-point field goal attempts.
John Roberson is one of three Red Raiders to average double figures this season as the freshman guard has collected 11.3 points per game. He is also tied for the team lead with 19 assists while starting in four games.
Texas Tech entered the 2007-08 season ranked 61st in The College Basketball News' RPI Report - which was fourth highest among all Big XII?Conference programs. This will be the highest ranking team that the Frogs have played thus far during the 2007-08 campaign.
This will be the fourth game in seven days for the Red Raiders as they return to Lubbock after a holiday tournament in Anchorage, Alaska, where they competed against Alaska-Anchorage, Gonzaga and Butler.
The biggest strength of the Red Raiders comes in their ability to shoot the basketball as Texas Tech has connected on 47.7 percent (143-of-300) of their field goal attempts, 40.7 percent (35-of-86) of their three-point field goal attempts and 70.5 percent (79-of-112) of their free throw attempts.
Texas Tech will be the first of three teams from the Big XII Conference that the Frogs will play this season as TCU is set to play Oklahoma on Sunday (Dec. 2) followed by a game against Texas to open the new year.
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Charity Stripe Blues
Always Be Ready to Play
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 third on the squad in scoring as Hackett is averaging 15.8 points per game - ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference - while Langford has notched 11.3 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 - has averages 5.0 boards per game while chipping into the offensive attack with a 3.8 scoring average.
A Team Filled with Mr. Cleans
The Frogs have collected at least 50 rebounds in three of their four games this season and currently sit at the top of the Mountain West Conference in four rebounding categories, including rebounds per game (49.8 R-G), rebounding margin (+12.8), offensive rebounds per game (19.25 OR-G) and defensive rebounds per game (30.5 DR-G). The Frogs also hold the top rebounding performance this season in the Mountain West Conference with a 59-board evening against Rice (Nov. 13).
The "Langford" Road Home
An honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference selection in his first season with the program, the TCU forward was selected by CBS Sportsline as a pre-season second team award winner for the Mountain West Conference.
The Hackett Man
During his first three years - Hackett has appeared in 96 games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 62 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 39 career games - 3 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore)
After a 23-point evening against Grambling State, Hackett recently surpassed the 800-point milestone as he currently stands at 917 career points. This season, Hackett has recorded 15 or more points in three of the Frogs' four games and currently leads the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game with a 4.0 average.
Welcome to the Parker's
Parker is ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage (71.4% / 20-of-28) with all of his field goal attempts coming in the paint this season. The TCU senior is ranked first in the conference in both blocked shots (1.75 B-G) and offensive rebounds per game (3.5 OR-G).
With 67 career blocks under his belt, Parker only needs two more swats to move in the top-10 in the career record books for blocked shots.
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.
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.
Frogs Adding a Little Salter to Their Diet
Salter is ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring average (14.5 P-G) and tied for eighth in rebounds per game (6.3 R-G) and is only one of three players in the conference to be ranked in the top-10 in the conference joining Trent Plaisted (BYU) and Brad Jones (Wyoming).
The TCU junior is ranked second on the team in scoring average and has been a force on the boards as well as Salter has collected seven rebounds in three of four games this season.
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.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
Ortiz nearly recorded his first career double-double against Grambling State (Nov. 21) following a nine-point, nine-rebound performance and over the last two games, the TCU junior is averaging 9.0 points and 7.5 boards per game.
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie is ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in steals per game (2.75 S-G), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.0:1) and sixth in assists per game (3.75).
Neon Keion in Primetime
Mitchem is currently ranked 15th in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (1.5 3FGM-G) and has connected on one three-pointer in all four games this season.
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 4.5 points, 3.25 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Awaking the Sleeping Giant
This season, the Frogs are ranked in the top three in 12th statistical categories - including first in scoring average (84.8 P-G) and rebounds per game (49.8 R-G) and second in steals per game (10.25 S-G) and blocked shots (4.0 B-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 130-56 (.699) overall record and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 seasons.
The Frogs have won 13 of their last 20 games at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, including their last six games dating back to last season. The last loss for the Frogs at home came against BYU on February 10, 2007 where the Purple and White suffered an 85-72 setback to their conference opponent.
Owens is closing in on some memorable milestones as he needs only three games to reach the century mark for his career and needs six points to reach the 400-poin level - currently he stands at 394 during his Frogs' career.
Wall has slowly been coming back from an off-season injury, but has played in his first four games of the season where he is averaging 4.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. The TCU senior has connected on 50.0 percent (5-of-10) of his field goal attempts, including 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from behind the three-point arc.
Cool Hand Luke
The Frog freshman is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in offensive rebounds per game (2.5 OR-G) and 11th in blocked shots per game (0.75 B-G) while chipping in with 3.8 points per game.
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.
Bangin' the Boards
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