TCU returns home to square-off against Texas Southern
Dec. 7, 2007
Game Day Information
Radio: ESPN Radio (103.3 FM) and KTCU (88.7 FM) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
Television: The contest between the Frogs and Mustangs can be seen on The Mtn. Network with Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and Larry Mangino (analyst) handling the game-time duties.
Next on the Schedule: The Frogs will return to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday (Dec. 17) when TCU welcomes UT Arlington for a cross-town match-up. The game can be heard on Fox Sports Radio (1460 AM) and KTCU (88.7 FM) as well as seen on television on The Mtn. Network.
The Big Score
The Purple and White is currently ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in scoring offense with an average of 75.4 points per game behind nationally-ranked BYU (81.5 P-G) and University of New Mexico (76.2 P-G).
Good Things Happen When You Start Quick
Frogs Remain Dominant over Southwestern Athletic Conference
Statement Time in the Mountain West Conference
Every team in the Mountain West Conference has notched at least three victories this season and has recorded a .500 or higher winning percentage.
Frogs Drop Third Straight with 71-65 Setback to SMU
The Purple and White held a 34-29 advantage over the home team at intermission, but were out-scored by a 42-31 margin in the second half.
Derrick Roberts led all scorers for the Mustangs as the SMU guard finished with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go along with four rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes of action.
Brent Hackett finished with a team-high 17 points in the game after he connected on 6-of-19 shootings, including 5-of-16 from behind the three-point line. The first 15 field goal attempts for Hackett came from behind the three-point arc in the game.
TCU junior Henry Salter finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with six rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes of action. Salter has played the most minutes in one game than any other Frog this season after 34 minutes versus SMU.
Kevin Langford recorded his fifth straight double-digit scoring performance after the TCU forward notched a 14-point evening on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. He also tallied two rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists in the game.
The Frogs recorded their best evening of shooting at the free throw line as the Purple and White connected on 90.9 percent (10-of-11), including an 8-of-8 performance in the final 20 minutes of action.
The Purple and White attempted 30 three-pointers in the contest, which was the second time this season that TCU has finished a game with 30 or more three-point field goal attempts. The last game came against Grambling State with 31 three-point attempts.
TCU starting point guard Mike Scott had one of his best evenings as part of the Purple and White as he finished with a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with four rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes of action.
Frog Defense Standing Tall
In seven games, the Frogs have limited opponents to a combined 41.3 percent (170-of-412) shooting performance and 34.7 percent (43-of-124) 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 133 turnovers (19.8 turnovers per game) where they have scored 130 points off of the miscues of their foes - an average of 21.6 points.
The Frogs have held three of their six foes to under 70 points in a game this season. The Purple and White have held three of their first six opponents to under 70 points in each of the last three seasons.
The Glass Cleaners
Time Well Spent
Scouting the Opponents - Texas Southern University
After defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road in their season opener, the Tigers have fallen in each of their last five games to UT Arlington, UTEP, Houston, Kentucky and Texas - all of those games were on the road.
Robert Moreland returned to the Tigers' sidelines on October 4th after serving as the leader of the Texas Southern program for 26 seasons. The Tigers' head coach has recorded more victories and more SWAC conference and tournament championships than any other coach in Texas Southern history.
Sollie Norwood is the top scorer for the Tigers as the TSU junior has recorded a 16.3 scoring average and collected a double-digit scoring performance in five of the team's first six games. He collected a pair of 21-point performances against UT Arlington and UTEP and an 18-point evening against Houston.
David Burrell has averaged 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in his first season with the Tigers after previous stints at The University of Texas-Pan American and Panola Junior College. The TSU newcomer has recorded three double-digit scoring performances - including a career-high 19 points at Houston.
The Tigers have averaged 60.5 points per game this season compared to 83.0 points per evening for opponents. Texas Southern has only scored above 70 points on two occasions - coming in the first two games of the season with 72-point performances against both Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT Arlington. In the last four games, the Tigers are averaging 54.8 points per game, including a season-low 35 points versus Kentucky.
Opponents have connected on 51.4 percent (188-of-366) against the Tigers, including 42.8 percent (59-of-138) from behind the three-point line. On the boards, the Tigers are averaging 29.3 rebounds per game compared to 41.8 boards per contest for opponents. The Frogs are the 13th best rebounding team in the country.
The Tigers have only recorded six blocked shots this season - five of those coming from TSU forward Kevin Abanobi and the other board coming from junior David Burrell. Opponents have notched 27 blocked shots.
Texas Southern is a very strong free throw shooting team as the Tigers have connected on 76.3 percent (71-of-93 from the charity stripe. The Tigers have connected on 75.0 percent or higher of their free throw attempts in four of six games, including a season-high 90.5 percent (19-of-21) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Tigers are prone to miscues as Texas Southern is committed 102 turnovers - averaging 17.0 per contest.
Frogs Closing in on 400th Victory at the DMC
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 second and third on the squad in scoring as Hackett is averaging 12.6 points per game while Langford has notched 12.0 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 averaged 3.7 boards per game while chipping into the offensive attack with a 2.7 scoring average and five blocked shots.
A Team Filled with Mr. Cleans
The Frogs have collected at least 50 rebounds in three of seven games this season and currently sit at the top of the Mountain West Conference in two rebounding categories, including rebounds per game (42.9 R-G), and offensive rebounds per game (16.0 OR-G) and second in defensive rebounds per game (26-86 DR-G). The Frogs also hold the top rebounding performance this season in the Mountain West Conference with a 59-board evening against Rice.
The "Langford" Road Home
The TCU forward has also done a nice job on the glass for the Frogs as he has averaged 5.6 rebounds per game this season and currently ranks 10th in the Mountain West Conference in free throw percentage (.707) and 11th in rebounds per game (5.6 R-G).
The Hackett Man
During his career with the Frogs - Hackett has appeared in 99 games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 65 occasions, missing only four starts in the last three 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 four seasons as he has recorded 10 or more points in 40 career games - 4 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore). During his career with the Frogs, Hackett has recorded 842 career points.
This season, Hackett has scored 15 or more points in four of the Frogs' first seven games, including a season-high 23 points against Grambling State (Nov. 21). Ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game, the TCU senior has connected on four or more three-pointers in four of seven games.
Welcome to the Parker's
The TCU forward has recorded 71 blocked shots during his career with the Frogs after surpassing Doug Arnold for 10th in the all-time record books. The next person in sight for Parker will be Marquise Gainous - who holds ninth place with a 77 career blocked shots. Parker has recorded at least one blocked shot in each of the Frogs' first seven games this season.
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 10th in the Mountain West Conference in scoring average (13.9 P-G) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.7 R-G) and is only one of five players in the conference to be ranked in the top-10 in both categories in the conference joining Trent Plaisted (BYU), Brad Jones (Wyoming), Lee Cummard (BYU) and Luke Nevill (Utah).
The former NJCAA All-American is also ranked seventh in the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage (.480) and three-point field goals made per game (2.14 3FGM-G), ninth in offensive rebounds per game (1.71 R-G) and 15th in defensive rebounds per game (3.86 R-G).
The TCU junior is ranked first on the team in scoring average and has been a force on the boards as well as Salter has collected six rebounds in five of seven games this season.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
Ortiz recorded a career-high 10 points against Texas Tech (Nov. 28) following a nine-point, nine-rebound performance over Grambling State. Over the last four games, the TCU junior is averaging 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie is ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in steals per game, fifth in assists per game and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio. The TCU guard is the only player in the MCW to be ranked in the top-eight in all three departments.
The TCU sophomore has recorded four or more assists in five of seven games this season and has collected at least two steals in five of seven games for the Frogs. In five of seven games this season, Ebie has seen at least 15.0 minutes of court action while chipping in with at least two points in every contest.
Neon Keion in Primetime
The TCU newcomer scored a career-high 11 points against SMU on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes of action.
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.
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.
This season, the Purple and White has connected on at least seven three-pointers in each of their first seven games and are ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (8.29 3FGM-G).
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Horned Frogs have recorded a 130-57 (.695) 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 six of their last seven games on their home court. The last two losses for the Frogs at home came against Oklahoma (90-66 / December 2nd, 2007) and BYU (85-72 / February 10th, 2007)
Owens recently accomplished a milestone for the Purple and White as he appeared in his 100th career game against SMU on December 5th and needs only four points to reach the 400-point level - currently standing at 396 points.
Wall has slowly been coming back from an off-season injury, but has played in his first seven games of the season where he is averaging 4.0 points and 0.7 rebounds per game. The TCU senior has connected on 40.9 percent (9-of-22) of his field goal attempts, including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from behind the three-point arc.
Cool Hand Luke
The Frogs freshman is currently ranked 11th in the Mountain West Conference in blocked shots (0.83 B-G).
Tauscher has recorded at least two rebounds in six of the team's first seven games and notched at least one blocked shots in four of seven games in his first season on the court for the Purple and White.
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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