Dec. 21, 2012
FORT WORTH -- TCU takes to the floor for the final time prior to its Holiday Break on Saturday when it travels to Houston to face longtime rival Rice. Tip-off between the Horned Frogs and Owls is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Frogs look to build momentum heading into the break in their final non-conference road game. The squad posted a 68-57 home win over Southern on Tuesday to snap a two-game skid. Following Saturday's matchup, only one more home game remains before the start of TCU's Big 12 schedule on Jan. 5.
TCU's coaching staff has strong ties to Rice. Head coach Trent Johnson served as an Owls assistant for four years (1992-96), while assistant coach Brent Scott was a standout forward (1989-93) who later coached for one season at his alma mater in 2007-08. As a player, Scott was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection who finished his career as the Owls' all-time leading scorer (1,906 points) and rebounder (1,049 boards), totals that today rank No. 2 in the school's records.
The meeting between TCU and Rice marks the 177th game in the all-time series between the schools, which makes it the second-longest series for TCU behind only its 187 matchups vs. SMU. The teams will play for the third consecutive season.
Saturday's contest will be TCU's final non-televised game of the regular season. 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 nationally on Sirius 137 and XM 192. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* Rice is the fifth and final Conference USA opponent on TCU's 2012-13 schedule. The Frogs are 1-3 so far against the league with a win against UAB and setbacks to SMU, Houston and Tulsa.
* Trent Johnson is 7-5 in his career against the Owls, including 6-4 with Nevada and 1-1 with LSU.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 6 in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.9 ppg). The squad is No. 31 in the NCAA in overall field-goal defense (37.6%) and No. 28 in 3-point field goal defense (27.8%).
* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 20 points fewer than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times in its 11 games. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* 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 erased second-half deficits in five of its seven victories.
* TCU has outshot eight of 11 opponents this season. The Frogs are 7-1 in such contests.
* TCU is 4-0 this season when leading at the half and 4-1 when winning the rebounding battle.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in 3-point percentage (No. 4), steals (No. 7), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10), scoring (No. 13) and 3-pointers (No. 12).
* Garlon Green is 5-of-9 on 3-pointers in the last two games after starting the season 0-for-5 in the first nine contests.
* Green is 65 points shy of becoming the 31st member of TCU's 1,000-point club.
* Adrick McKinney has led TCU in rebounding each of the last five games. He had paced the squad on the glass only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.
Rice, 3-7 on the season, enters Saturday's matchup fresh off a home overtime victory Wednesday over Chicago State (63-60). The squad is 3-3 at home with other wins over St. Edward's (75-63) and Houston Baptist (61-53).
Fifth-year head coach Ben Braun leads an Owls squad that posted a 19-16 overall record in 2011-12 and eighth-place finish in Conference USA with an 8-8 league mark. Two starters from last season's team returned.
Senior guard Tamir Jackson serves as the team's leader in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg), while junior guard Austin Ramljak is another of the team's outside threats (21 3-pointers). Sophomore guard Julian DeBose tops the squad in blocked shots (0.6 bpg) and is second in scoring (9.7 ppg).
The Owls own a season scoring average of 59.1 ppg and have been outscored on the year by 7.5 ppg. Rice has lost the rebounding battle on the season by an average of 10.4 rpg.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Rice and TCU have met 176 previous times, with the Owls owning a slim 90-86 advantage, including a 53-33 edge in games played in Houston. TCU has won three of the last five meetings and TCU is 9-6 since the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996.
TCU vs. Rice - Last 10 Meetings
Date W/L Score Site
Feb. 25, 1999 W 63-62 Fort Worth
Feb. 3, 2000 W 83-70 Houston
March 3, 2000 W 85-62 Fort Worth
Jan. 20, 2001 L 66-73 Fort Worth
Feb. 10, 2001 L 72-76 Houston
Nov. 13, 2007 W 76-49 Fort Worth
Dec. 29, 2007 L 65-70 Katy
Jan. 2, 2009 W 70-58 Fort Worth
Jan. 2, 2011 L 61-70 Houston
Jan. 4, 2012 W 78-74 Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 78, RICE 74
TCU erased a six-point deficit in the game's final minutes with three late 3-pointers and some shutdown defense to top Rice, 78-74, back on Jan. 4, 2012 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
TCU, which led by five points at halftime, found itself trailing by six with just over four-and-a-half minutes remaining before the Frogs came to life. Hank Thorns hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half before Nate Butler Lind knotted the game up at 69-69 on another trey with 2:32 remaining. Amric Fields followed by putting the Frogs up for good with a third straight 3-pointer at the 1:30 mark. Fields and Thorns then pushed the lead to seven points with only 41 seconds left by each adding 2-for-2 efforts at the line.
While the Frog offense made the necessary plays to grab the lead, it was the squad's defensive effort that truly rose to the occasion late. TCU held the Owls scoreless from the 5:06 mark until Dylan Ennis' traditional 3-point play with only 37 seconds remaining. Rice went 0-for-7 from the field during the crucial stretch.
Fields led the Frogs with 18 points and six rebounds. Eleven of Fields' point total came in the second half. Kyan Anderson added 13 points.
LAST TIME OUT: TCU 68, SOUTHERN 57
Garlon Green scored 20 points to lead TCU to one of its most complete performances of the season Tuesday during a 68-57 victory over Southern at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Green posted his second consecutive strong offensive showing to lead a well-rounded TCU effort, making 7-of-15 shots from the floor overall and matching a career best with three 3-pointers on six attempts. He set the tone early, scoring eight points in the opening three-and-a-half minutes.
Green's offensive play was matched by his teammates all evening, as TCU shot an even 50% from the floor overall (24-of-48) and beyond the arc (4-of-8). The Frogs also worked the ball inside resulting in several trips to the line, where they made 16-of-23 attempts.
It wasn't just TCU's shooting that was sharp Tuesday. The squad also went to work on the glass, winning the rebounding battle (33-29) for the first time in four games, while also taking care of the ball. The squad turned the ball over just 10 times, its low figure so far this season.
Adrick McKinney continued his breakout season with another strong performance featuring 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Characteristic of his team's play Tuesday, McKinney was efficient from the field, making 5-of-6 field-goal attempts. Kyan Anderson also reached double figures with 11 points while collecting a game-high four assists. Connell Crossland and Devonta Abron chipped in eight points each.
TCU-SOUTHERN POSTGAME NOTES
* TCU won its 26th consecutive game against a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
* TCU's winning margin of 11 points marked its second-largest of the season and only its second by double digits.
* TCU won the rebounding battle (33-29) and shot 50% or better (24-of-48) for the first time since the Nov. 24 win over UAB.
* TCU's 10 turnovers marked the team's low total this season.
* Garlon Green recorded his fifth career 20-point performance with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Green matched a career best by making three shots from 3-point range.
* Green led TCU in scoring for the third time this season, tying Kyan Anderson for the team lead.
* Adrick McKinney led TCU in rebounds for the fifth consecutive game with nine boards. It marked his third straight game with at least nine rebounds.
RAY LATEST TCU INJURY CASUALTY
Jarvis Ray became the third different Frog to fall to a major injury during Tuesday's home win over Southern, joining Amric Fields and Aaron Durley, who are both out for the season.
* Ray experienced an injury to his left foot that will sideline him for the next two months. He suffered the injury landing on a Southern player's foot on a jump shot late in the game.
* Ray had played in 10 of TCU's first 11 games with nine starts. He ranked fifth on the team in scoring and third in assists.
* Fields suffered a major knee injury just 12 seconds into TCU's home matchup with SMU in the third game of the season. The injury happened on a non-contact play in which he caught the ball running across the lane and attempted to make a cut toward the hoop.
* Big things were expected of Fields after he became TCU's first-ever conference sixth man of the year last season as a sophomore. He underwent knee surgery on Dec. 14.
* Durley also suffered a major knee injury on another non-contact play in preseason workouts, experiencing the setback after coming down with a rebound. Durley underwent surgery and will redshirt this season. He was looked at as an important addition to the Frogs' frontcourt in the offseason.
ANDERSON NAMED TO COUSY WATCH LIST
Kyan Anderson was among the watch list of candidates released Thursday for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award. The annual honor, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball's top point guard.
Anderson, who makes his first career appearance on the list, gives TCU a nominee for the third straight season. Former standout Hank Thorns was listed each of the past two years.
This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by Jan. 1, final 10 by Feb. 1 and final five by March 1. A Hall-of-Fame-appointed screening committee will be narrowing down the candidates, while a premier selection committee will ultimately choose the winner.