Frogs look to rebound on road versus University of Texas
Dec. 31, 2007
Game Day Information
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) and FOX Sports Radio (1460AM) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
Next on the Schedule: The Frogs will be back in action on Saturday (Jan. 5) when the Purple and White begin conference action on the West Coast against San Diego State. Faithful of the Frogs can listen to the game via KTCU (88.7 FM) and ESPN Radio (103.3 FM) beginning at 7:00 p.m. The game will be shown on TV on The Mtn. Network.
The Big Score
In their eight victories this season - the Frogs have yet to be held to under 75 points while averaging 83.8 points per triumph. All eight victories for the Frogs have come at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum during the 2007-08 season.
This is the second straight season that the Frogs have jumped out to an 8-4 start, and the second time under TCU head men's basketball Neil Dougherty.
Frogs Show Dominance over Southwestern Athletic Conference
This season, the Frogs have posted victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (75-61), Grambling State (99-67), Texas Southern (83-59), Prairie View A&M (92-80) and Jackson State (79-68).
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 71-10 record when they hold the lead heading into intermission.
The Mountain West Conference has been dominant on their home floor as all nine programs are combined for a 56-7 mark on their home courts.
Frogs Drop Heartbreaker on Road to Rice
With the setback, the Frogs dropped their overall record to 8-4 on the season, including a 0-3 mark away from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum while the Owls improved to 3-7.
The Frogs came into the contest ranked 15th in the nation in rebounds per game, but were on the wrong end of a +28-rebounding advantage as the Owls held the Purple and White to 20 rebounds, including six in the second half.
The Owls recorded more offensive rebounds (23) than the Frogs had total rebounds (20) in the game and held a 24-3 advantage in second chance points.
The Frogs held Rice to 20 points in the first half of action, but allowed the Owls to collect 50 points in the final 20 minutes en route to suffering the road loss. The Owls scored more points in the second half (50) then they did in their entire first game against the Purple and White in 49 points.
Lawrence Ghoram became the fourth player this season to post a double-double on the Frogs as the Rice forward collected 26 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Kevin Langford collected his 10th straight double-digit scoring performance as he finished with a team-high 14 points - including 8-of-11 from the charity stripe.
The Frogs dropped their third game on the road when holding a double-digit advantage on the scoreboard as the Purple and White held a 15-point lead (35-20) at intermission.
In addition to Langford, the Frogs had three other players post double-digit scoring figures against the Owls in Henry Salter (11 points), Brent Hackett (10 points) and Neiman Owens collected a season-high 10 points in his return to his home area.
Frog Defense Standing Tall
The Frogs have forced opponents into 239 turnovers (19.9 turnovers per game) where they have scored 291 points off of the miscues of their foes - an average of 24.3 points.
The Purple and White have limited their opponents to a scoring average of 68.7 points per evening at the DMC and 66.0 points per game in contests that the Frogs' win.
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 27.8 minutes of court time per evening. The Fort Worth talent is joined in that category by Henry Salter, Brent Hackett and Alvardo Parker.
Scouting the Opponents - University of Texas
This will be the 161st meeting between the Horned Frogs and Longhorns with the University of Texas holding a 98-62 advantage over the Purple and White dating back to their first meeting in January 30, 1915. This will be the first meeting between the former Southwest Conference foes since the 1995-96 season. The Longhorns have won nine consecutive games against the Frogs and possess a 58-19 mark against TCU on their home floor.
The Longhorns are coached by Rick Barnes - who has recorded an 80-7 overall record (.920 winning percentage) against opponents from the State of Texas.
Sophomore Damion Jones has posted six double-double in the Longhorns' last eight games and is averaging 14.9 points and 12.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. During the 2007-08 campaign, Jones is averaging a double-double at 12.5 points adn 10.8 rebounds per game.
Freshman Gary Johnson will make his first appearance in a Longhorns' uniform after missing the first 13 games of the 2007-08 campaign due to a heart condition. The UT newcomer has been medically cleared to play.
The Longhorns have scored at least 95 points in six of its first 13 games, including a four-game span from November 18th through the 25th where they averaged 99.3 points per game, including a pair of back-to-back 100-point scoring performances against Arkansas-Monticello (100) and New Mexico State (102).
The University of Texas has limited their first 13 opponents to an average of 63.5 points per evening - including a 39.3 shooting percentage. Teams coached by Rick Barnes at the University of Texas have limited opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting from the field in 150 of his 315 games as head coach.
D.J. Augustin has proven why he is one of the best players in the nation as the UT guard is averaging 19.8 points per game while connecting on 49.1 percent (85-of-173) to go along with 80.3 percent (61-of-76) from the free throw line and 43.3 percent (26-od-60) from behind the three-point arc.
A.J. Abrams is ranked second on the squad averaging 18.8 points per game, including 47.9 percent (93-of-194) from the field and 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from the free throw line.
The University of Texas has out-scored its opponents by a 1,059 to 826 margin and are averaging 81.5 points per evening compared to 63.5 points per game for opponents - a margin of 18.0 points per outing.
Frogs Closing in on 400th Victory at the DMC
Charity Stripe Blues
Of the 10 players that have attempted 10 or more free throws - only five players (Kevin Langford, Brent Hackett, Mike Scott, Ryan Wall and Luke Tauscher) are shooting above 70.0 percent at the charity stripe.
The Frogs are ranked last in the Mountain West Conference in free throw percentage at 60.8 percent.
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.
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 at 14.3 points and 11.4 points per game.
TCU newcomer Luke Tauscher sat out last season due to an injury, but the 6-11 center has averaged 2.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his 11 games on the floor for the Frogs.
A Team Filled with Mr. Cleans
The Frogs have collected at least 50 rebounds in three of the team's first 11 games and have notched 40 or more boards in five of those games. The Purple and White is ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game - failing to hold the top spot for the first time this season.
TCU recorded the top rebounding performance in the conference with a 59-board evening vs. Rice.
The "Langford" Road Home
The TCU forward was selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on December 24th after averaging 24.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in a pair of victories for the Frogs. Langford scored a career-high 31 points against Prairie View A&M and became the first player since Junior Blunt during the 2001-02 season to score 30 or more points in a game.
Langford is riding a 10-game double-digit scoring streak and has collected five of more rebounds in seven contests this season. During the last 10 games, Langford is averaging 15.7 points per game.
The Hackett Man
During his career with the Frogs - Hackett has appeared in 104 career games and has earned a spot in the starting lineup on 70 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 44 career games - 8 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore). The TCU senior has recorded 891 career points to go along with 165 career three-pointers - which ranks seventh in the TCU career record books.
Hackett is currently ranked fourth in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (2.3 3FGM-G) and has connected on at least one trey in 10 of 12 games this season.
Welcome to the Parker's
The TCU senior has recorded 77 career blocked shots with the Frogs tying Marquise Gainous for ninth-place in the Horned Frogs' all-time record books. The person in sight for Parker will be Damion Walker - who holds eighth-place with 78 career blocked shots.
Parker has notched at least one blocked shot in 11 of 12 games this season and is ranked 18th 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 fifth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring average (14.9 P-G) and eighth in rebounds per game (6.2) and is only of three players in the conference to be ranked in the top-eight in both statistical categories - joining Trent Plaisted of BYU and Lee Cummard of BYU.
The TCU junior is ranked first on the Frogs in scoring average and has been a force on the boards as well as Salter has collected five or more rebounds in nine of the team's first 12 games this season. Salter recorded his first career double-double against the University of Texas-Arlington with a 17-point, 14-rebound in the overtime affair.
The former NJCAA All-American is also ranked fourth in the Mountain West Conference in field goal percentage (50.5%) and fourth in three-point field goals made per game (2.5 3FGM-G). Salter is also the fourth-highest junior scorer and rebounder in the Mountain West Conference.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
Ortiz recorded a career-high 10 points on two occasions during his first season against Texas Tech and Jackson State and has grabbed four or more rebounds in seven of 12 games during the 2007-08 campaign.
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie is ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in steals per game (2.3 S-G) and 10th in assists per game (3.3 A-G) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05:1 A-T Ratio). The TCU guard is one of two players in the Mountain West Conference to be ranked in the top-10 in all three statistical departments along with UNLV's Wink Adams.
The Houston native has recorded three of more steals in six of 13 games and has posted four steals in three of those contests. In addition to his duties picking pockets, Ebie has dished out four or more assists on seven occasions. The TCU sophomore has dished out a career-high six assists on two occasions - Grambling State and UT Arlington.
Neon Keion in Primetime
The Frogs' point guard scored a career-high 11 points on two occasions during his rookie campaign with the Purple and White against SMU and Jackson State. Scott has notched five or more points in five games this season.
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 10 of their first 12 games and are ranked fourth in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game (7.83 3FGM-G).
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Horned Frogs have recorded a 134-57 (.702) overall record and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 seasons.
The Frogs have won 17 of their last 24 games at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, including nine of their last 10 games on their home court. The last loss for the Frogs at home came against Oklahoma (90-66 / December 2nd, 2007).
Owens competed in his 100th career game for the Purple and White on December 5th against SMU and reached another milestone against UT Arlington as he recorded his 400th career point for the Frogs.
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 three of the last five games. He has also started to feel his shooting touch as the TCU senior has connected on a trio of three-pointers in two games this season - connecting on 34.5 percent of his trey attempts.
Cool Hand Luke
Tauscher recorded his first career double-digit rebounding evening against Rice where the Frogs' forward grabbed a game-high 12 boards.
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
Putting 40 Minutes Together
The Woes of the Road
TCU has dropped their last 10 games on the road with their last victory away from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum coming against Mountain West Conference-opponent Utah on January 6, 2007.
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.
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