Dec. 6, 2012
FORT WORTH -- TCU makes the trip north to Oklahoma this weekend for its first true road contest of the season, as the squad squares off against Tulsa at Noon on Saturday. The matchup at the Golden Hurricane's Donald W. Reynolds Center will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.
The Horned Frogs will be playing an opponent on its home court for the first time this season. The squad has left Fort Worth only once previously for a pair of neutral-site games over the Thanksgiving break on South Padre Island.
TCU, 6-3 on the year, looks to shake off a loss suffered in its most recent outing to Houston on Tuesday. The squad will face its fourth of five Conference USA foes on the schedule in Tulsa. The Frogs are 1-2 in three previous matchups against C-USA opponents, downing UAB and falling to SMU and UH.
TCU and Tulsa will meet for the third straight season. The Hurricane took both previous matchups and have won four straight overall against the Frogs.
Saturday's contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest (DirecTV 676; Dish 437) and feature the broadcast team of Ron Thulin (pxp), Mike Gminski (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline). Brian Estridge (pxp) and John Denton (analyst) will handle the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in Metroplex on both 1460 AM KCLE and 88.7 FM KTCU as well as nationwide on Sirius 123 and XM 194.
Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while the radio broadcast is also available online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU assistant coach Alvin "Pooh" Williamson was a four-year letterwinner at point guard for Tulsa from 1991-95, helping leading the Golden Hurricane to back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1994 and 1995. He later was an assistant at TU for four years (2001-05) and served as interim head coach for the final 22 games in 2004-05.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 6 in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.8 ppg). The squad is No. 23 in the NCAA in field-goal defense (36.5%).
* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 20 points fewer than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU players own the top individual performances in the Big 12 this season for both scoring (Kyan Anderson, 35 vs. UAB) and rebounding (Adrick McKinney, 20 vs. Houston).
* TCU has allowed fewer than 50 points four times in its nine games. Its four previous efforts allowing fewer than 50 stretched back over 122 games to 2008.
* TCU has posted second-half comebacks in five of its six victories.
* TCU has outshot seven of nine opponents this season. The Frogs are 6-1 in such contests.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in assists (No. 8), 3-pointers (No. 9), scoring (No. 10) assist/turnover ratio (No. 10), steals (T-No. 10) and free-throw shooting (No. 11).
* Anderson is the first Frog to score 20-plus points in three straight games since Corey Santee in 2002-03. Anderson is averaging 25.3 ppg during the stretch while shooting 54.2% from the field.
Tulsa enters Saturday's matchup with a 5-3 overall record following a Wednesday home victory over Missouri State (61-42). The squad is 3-1 at home this season with its lone loss coming to Stephen F. Austin (57-41).
First-year head coach Danny Manning took over a team that posted a 17-14 overall record last season and tied for third place in Conference USA with a 10-6 league mark. Only four lettermen and one starter return from that group.
Freshman guard James Woodard leads a young Tulsa lineup that features just 12 years of combined college experience at any level among 13 players. Woodard tops the team in scoring average (15.3 ppg) and assists (2.3 apg), while he also owns a rebounding average of 5.4 rpg. Joining him in double figures in scoring is sophomore forward Rashad Smith (14.5 ppg). Freshman forward D'Andre Wright is the leading rebounder (5.9 rpg), while freshman guard Shaquille Harrison averages 2.3 steals.
On the season, the Hurricane has scored 71.6 ppg with an average scoring margin of +8.6 ppg. The team ranks among the nation's top 50 groups in field-goal percentage (46.7%) as well as free-throw attempts (25.0 apg) and makes (17.9 ftpg). TU has posted a season rebounding advantage of +4.6 rpg.
THE SERIES: TCU VS. TULSA
Tulsa owns a 20-10 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1920. UT has won four straight meetings and 10 of the last 11 overall since the 1998-99 season. The Frogs are just 3-10 against the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa and have dropped each of their last five visits. The two teams are former conference rivals that played 12 games as WAC members from 1996 through 2001.
TCU vs. Tulsa - Last 10 Meetings
Date W/L Score Site
Feb. 27, 1999 L 73-82 Fort Worth
Jan. 6, 2000 L 73-94 Fort Worth
Feb. 5, 2000 L 70-103 Tulsa
March 10, 2000 L 71-93 Fresno
Jan. 17, 2001 L 66-82 Tulsa
Feb. 1, 2001 W 93-87 (OT) Fort Worth
Dec. 23, 2002 L 65-78 Tulsa
Nov. 29, 2003 L 62-74 Fort Worth
Dec. 30, 2010 L 66-69 Tulsa
Dec. 31, 2011 L 66-74 Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: TULSA 74, TCU 66
TCU fought back from a double-digit second-half deficit to gain the lead, but Tulsa was able to hold off the Horned Frogs late, 74-66, Dec. 31, 2011 in Fort Worth.
Hank Thorns led the Frogs in scoring with 16 points. He hit what were at the time a career-best four 3-pointers, with three coming in the second half during his team's comeback bid. Craig Williams added 11 points before fouling out midway through the second half, while Garlon Green also added 11 while going 7-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Jordan Clarkson led Tulsa in scoring with a game-high 23 points. Clarkson was the main benefactor of a physical game, as he went to the line 11 times, making nine to lead TU to a 28-of-38 free-throw effort. He also dished out five assists. Kodi Maduka was a dominating force inside, totaling a double-double featuring 15 points and a game-best 15 rebounds. His work in the paint helped the Hurricane gain a 35-27 edge on the glass, while he also accounted for three of Tulsa's 12 blocked shots, the third-most ever by a TCU opponent.
TCU's first-half struggles both on the offensive end of the court and on the glass proved to be too much to overcome. The Frogs shot only 29.6% from the field in the period and pulled down 11 rebounds to Tulsa's 23. The inside presence of the Hurricane's big bodies gave TCU fits, as TU posted as many blocked shots (eight) as Frog made baskets in the half.