Frogs look to snap UT Arlington's undefeated streak at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Dec. 13, 2007
Game Day Information
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) and Fox Sports Radio (1460 AM) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
Television: The contest between the Frogs and Mustangs can be seen on The Mtn. Network with Tim Neverett (play-by-play) and Todd Christensen (analyst) handling the game-time duties.
Next on the Schedule: The Frogs will return to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday (Dec. 22) when TCU welcomes Prairie View A&M for its final game before the Christmas Holiday. The contest between the Purple and White can be heard over the airwaves courtesy of ESPN Radio (103.3 FM) and KTCU (88.7 FM) starting at 1:00 p.m.
The Big Score
In their five victories this season - the Frogs have yet to be held to under 75 points while averaging 84.4 points per game. In their three setbacks, the Frogs are averaging 63.0 points per game.
The Eight Mile Mark
Frogs Remain Dominant over Southwestern Athletic Conference
This season, the Frogs have posted victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (75-61), Grambling State (99-67) and Texas Southern (83-59) and will play two more teams from the SWAC in Prairie View A&M and Jackson State.
Statement Time in the Mountain West Conference
The score after the first 20 minutes of action has been a strong indicator of the game's winner this season as programs from the Mountain West Conference have recorded a 51-6 record when they hold the lead heading into intermission.
The Mountain West Conference is one of two conferences (along with the SEC) to have all of its teams boast winning records at this point in the 2007-08 campaign.
Frogs Snap Three-Game Skid with 83-59 Triumph
With the victory over the Tigers, the Frogs improved to 5-3 on the season - including a 3-0 mark against programs from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Kevin Langford recorded his sixth-straight double-digit scoring performance as the TCU forward collected a team-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds in 28 minutes.
Henry Salter notched his seventh double-digit scoring performance of the season following a 14-point afternoon on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with five rebounds for the Frogs.
The Frogs connected on 49.2 percent (31-of-63) of their field goal attempts, including 47.4 percent (9-of-19) of their three-point field goal attempts. TCU held the Tigers to 42.6 percent (26-of-61) shooting, including 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from behind the arc.
Brent Hackett notched his second straight double-digit scoring contest as the TCU senior finished with 13 points, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes of action.
The Frogs recorded a season-high 17 steals in the game en route to holding a 39-6 advantager over Texas Southern in points off of turnovers.
Frog Defense Standing Tall
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 158 turnovers (19.8 turnovers per game) where they have scored 169 points off of the miscues of their foes - an average of 21.1 points.
The Purple and White have held four of their first eight opponents to under 70 points in a game for the second straight season.
The Glass Cleaners
Time Well Spent
Kevin Langford is one of four players to average over 20.0 minutes per evening as the TCU junior is collecting 26.8 minutes of court time per evening. The Fort Worth talent is joined in that category by Henry Salter (24.4 M-P), Brenth Hackett (23.5 M-P) and Alvardo Parker (22.0 M-P).
There has been only five occasions this season where a Frog has played over 30 minutes in a game - Langford (three times), Salter (one time) and Hackett (one time).
Scouting the Opponents - University of Texas at Arlington
The Mavs - who are ranked 14th in Mid-Major Top-25 poll - are one of 15 undefeated NCAA Divsion I teams remaining in the country and have achieved their highest ranking in program history.
UT Arlington comes into the contest against the Frogs averaging 78.9 points per game compared to 60.4 points per evening for opponents. The Mavs have scored 70 or more points in six of eight games and have held opponents to fewer than 60 points in five of those contests.
Jermaine Griffin is the top offensive threat for the Mavs as the UTA senior is averaging 15.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while connecting on 74.6 percent of his field goal attempts. Griffin is ranked first in the Southland Conference in field goal percentage and fourth in both scoring and rebounding.
As a team, the Mavs have connected on 53.2 percent (238-of-447) of their field goal attempts and have recorded a shooting percentage of 50.0 percent or higher in five of eight games. The lowest shooting game for UTA came in a 72-64 victory over North Texas where the Mavs shot 45.0 percent from the field that evening.
The Mavs have watched as seven of the nine players that have appeared in all eight games have recorded a shooting percentage higher than 45.0 percent this season. Opponents have struggled from the field against the Mavs as UTA is allowing foes to connect on 35.8 percent of their field goal attempts.
Brandon Long is ranked second on the Mavs with a 12.3 points per game average while connecting on 46.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 35.4 percent of his shots from behind the three-point line.
UT Arlington has four players who are averaging double-digits this season in Jermaine Griffin (15.5 P-G), Brandon Long (12.3 P-G), Anthony Vereen (11.5 P-G) and Rog'er Guignard (10.5 P-G).
The Mavs have played six of their eight games on their home floor where they are averaging 83.8 points per game and have averaged 64.0 points per game on the road. The Frogs have allowed opponents to score 66.0 points per game this season with Oklahoma being the only program to score more than 71 points at the DMC.
Scott Cross begins his 10th season with the UT Arlington men's basketball program - including his second season as the head coach of the Mavs. In his two seasons at the helm of the Mavs, Cross has recorded a 21-17 overall record after recording a 13-17 mark during the 2006-07 campaign.
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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.
A pair of honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference players last season, Hackett and Langford are currently ranked second and third on the Frogs in scoring average with marks of 12.6 points and 12.4 points per game, respectively. The duo is also ranked 16th and 18th in the Mountain West Conference in that department.
TCU newcomer Luke Tauscher sat out last season due to an injury, but the 6-11 center has averaged 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in his seven games on the floor for the Frogs. Tauscher missed his first game of the season against Texas Southern due to a stomach virus.
Tauscher is ranked fifth among all freshmen in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game (3.7 R-G).
A Team Filled with Mr. Cleans
The Frogs have collected at least 50 rebounds in three of eight games this season and have notched 40 or more rebounds in four games. The Purple and White are ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game (42.8 R-G) and offensive rebounds per game (15.75 R-G) and second in defensive rebounds per game (27.0 R-G).
TCU recorded the top rebounding performance in the conference with a 59-board evening vs. Rice.
The "Langford" Road Home
The TCU forward is currently ranked ninth in the Mountain West Conference in free throw percentage (72.3%), 10th in offensive rebounds per game (1.75 R-G), 11th in rebounds per game (5.6 R-G) and 18th in scoring average (12.4 P-G).
Langford is riding a six-game double-digit scoring streak and has collected five or more rebounds in five of eight games. During that six-game stretch, Langford is averaging 14.0 points per evening.
The Hackett Man
During his career with the Frogs - Hackett has appeared in 100 career games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 65 occasions - missing only four starts in the last three seasons.
Hackett has been one of the top scorers for the Frogs over the last four seasons as he has collected 10 or more points in 41 career games - 5 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore). The TCU senior has recorded 855 career points to go along with 162 career three-pointers - which ranks seventh in the TCU career record books.
Hackett is currently ranked first in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (3.13 3FGM-G), third in three-point field goal percentage (33.8%) and 16th in scoring average (12.6 P-G).
Welcome to the Parker's
The TCU senior has recorded 72 career blocked shots with the Frogs 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 77 career blocked shots.
Parker has notched at least one blocked shot in every game this season and is ranked 19th among the career leaders for the Mountain West Conference in that statistical category.
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 - snapping a six-game losing skid against nationally-ranked opponents.
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 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 11th in rebounds per game (5.6 R-G) and is only one of four players in the conference to be ranked in the top-11 in both categories joining Trent Plaisted (BYU), Brad Jones (Wyoming) and Luke Nevill (Utah).
The former NJCAA All-American is also ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage (50.0%) and seventh in three-point field goals made per game (2.0 3FGM-G). Salter is also the fifth-highest junior scorer and rebounder in the Mountain West Conference.
The TCU junior is ranked first on the Frogs in scoring average and has been a foroce on the boards as well as Salter has collected five or more rebounds in six of the team's first eight games this season.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
Ortiz recorded a career-high 10 points on the road at Texas Tech (Nov. 28) and has notched nine or more points in four of the team's last six games. This season, Ortiz has also grabbed four or more rebounds in five games.
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie is ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in steals per game (2.63 S-G), sixth in assists per game (3.63 A-G) and seventh in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.64:1 A-T Ratio). The TCU guard is the only player in the Mountain West Conference to be ranked in the top-eight in all three statistical departments.
Ebie is ranked 23rd in the nation in steals per game (2.63 S-G) and has recorded three or more steals in five of eight games this season. The TCU sophomore has also dished out four or more assists on six occasions and seen action in 15 or more minutes in six of eight games.
Neon Keion in Primetime
The Frogs' point guard scored a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with four rebounds in 19 minutes of action against SMU (Dc. 5). Scott has notched five or more points in four games this season and is averaging 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the last two games for the Purple and White.
Though he's only a freshman, Scott is not the youngest member for TCU as the Philadelphia 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 eight games and are ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (8.38 3FGM-G).
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Horned Frogs have recorded a 131-57 (.697) overall record and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 seasons.
The Frogs have won 14 of their last 21 games at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, including seven of their last 10 games on their home court. The last three losses for the Frogs at home came against Oklahoma (90-66 / December 2nd, 2007), BYU (85-72 / February 10th, 2007) and Utah (70-65 / February 3rd, 2007).
Owens competed in his 100th career game for the Purple and White on December 5th against SMU. The TCU senior is also set for another milestone as he needs two points to reach the 400-point level - currently standing at 398 points.
Since coming back from an off-season injury, Wall has started to see more action on the court and has played seven or more minutes in each of the last four games. He has also started to feel his shooting touch as the TCU senior has connected on a trio of three-pointers in two of the last three games - connecting on 66.7 percent of his treys over that span.
Cool Hand Luke
Tauscher recorded his first career double-digit rebounding evening against Rice where the Frogs' forward grabbed a game-high 12 boards. Tauscher is ranked fifth among all MWC freshmen in rebounds per game with a 3.7 average.
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
Butler comes from one of the top high school programs in the nation in Duncanville and came into his senior season ranked 16th in the State of Texas according TexasHoops.com in the Class of 2008.
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.
Putting 40 Minutes Together
Win Big or Go Home
The Frogs have seen 87.5 percent of their games be decided by 10 or more points this season - which is tied with Utah for the most in the Mountain West Conference. TCU and Utah are followed by Wyoming (85.7%), BYU (77.8%), Colorado State (77.8%), UNLV (77.8%), New Mexico (60.0%) and Air Force (60.0%) in that category.
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