Oct. 30, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program will open its 2013-14 season Friday night with an exhibition contest against Arkansas-Fort Smith. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m. CT inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and admission is free to the public.
Fans not able to attend the exhibition contest against the Lions can follow it live on FrogVision with Brian Estridge and John Denton calling the action live. The radio broadcast is available by going to the men's basketball schedule and clicking on the listen live icon located on the right side of the page.
Arkansas-Fort Smith, a member of the NCAA Division II, is led by head coach Josh Newman, who was an assistant coach on head coach Trent Johnson's staff when Johnson was the head coach at the University of Nevada. In all, nine players return, including three starters, from a 2012-13 team that finished 16-12 overall and won the Heartland Conference regular-season title with a 10-4 record.
UAFS, who was recently picked to win the Heartland Conference, returns three starters in senior guards Corey Copeland and Xavier McClish and junior guard Dusan Stojanovic. Senior Jake Toupal also returns after leading the Lions in scoring last season, averaging 13.7 points per game en route to all-conference accolades.
TCU and UAFS will be meeting for the first time in program history Friday night.
Did You Know
When TCU takes on Arkansas-Fort Smith Friday, the Frogs will be playing a university from Arkansas for the first time since a 2007 showdown against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In program history, the Purple and White have claimed 48 victories over schools hailing from the Razorback state.
We Got Game
The TCU men's basketball coaching staff currently ranks No. 6 in the NCAA among leaders in coaching staff points during their playing careers with 4,063 combined points. TCU head coach Trent Johnson recorded 1,555 points while playing at Boise State in the late 80's. Below is a breakdown of the complete listing of coaching staffs. The Horned Frogs' coaching staff is broken down by head coach Trent Johnson and assistant coaches Donny Guerinoni, Brent Scott and Kwanza Johnson.
COACHING STAFF BREAKDOWN
Coaching Tree Success
With Josh Newman and Arkansas-Fort Smith set to take on TCU Friday night, head coach Trent Johnson will take on one of his former assistant coaches. Newman was on Johnson's staff at Nevada where the duo helped the Wolfpack capture the 2003-04 WAC regular-season and tournament championship en route to an NCAA Sweet 16 run.
Coach Johnson enters the 2013-14 season with the fifth-longest active coaching tree in the nation with five of his former assistants holding down Division I head coaching posts: David Carter (Nevada), Mark Fox (Georgia), Eric Reveno (Portland), Keith Richard (Louisiana-Monroe) and Nick Robinson (Southern Utah). In all, Johnson has sent six former assistants to head coaching jobs.
A Glance Back
TCU won 11 games during the 2012-13 campaign, which included two conference victories and a 9-5 mark in non-conference play. TCU finished third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring defense, holding opponents to a 62.2 average for the year. The Frogs also wrapped-up play second overall in holding opponents to an average of 32.9 boards a game. TCU defeated a pair of league opponents at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Kansas and Oklahoma a year ago. The win over the No. 5 Jayhawks marked the highest opponent ever defeated in school history.
Building Upon Success
TCU defeated NCAA tournament foes Kansas and Oklahoma in conference play a year ago. The Jayhawks made it to the Elite Eight, while Oklahoma fell in the NCAA Second Round.
By defeating two NCAA tournament teams, the Frogs downed as many as Wichita State, which found itself in the Final Four a year ago. In all, TCU posted victories over four eventual postseason qualifiers.
Home Sweet Home
TCU has notched 448 triumphs in the 51-year history of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and has posted a winning percentage of .626 (448-268) on its home court.
Over the past 17 seasons, the Frogs have accumulated a 200-96 (.676) overall record at the DMC while posting at least 10 home victories on 12 occasions.
Taking It To The Wire
The Frogs have posted an all-time record of 46-62 (.426) in overtime games and 35-29 (.547) in overtime games at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU is a combined 5-0 in games that extend beyond two overtimes in its history.
Bombing From Deep
TCU had connected on at least one 3-pointer in 443 straight games dating back to 1997-98 prior to being held without one during last season's Nov. 23 loss to Northwestern. The streak, which ranked No. 3 among Big 12 teams, stretched back to a November 22, 1997 home win over LIU-Brooklyn.
TCU's new 3-point streak now stands at 26 games. The squad has connected on at least one trey in 685 of its last 687 contests dating back to a Feb. 11, 1990 game vs. Texas.
A Texas Flavor
Eleven of the 16 players on this year's Horned Frogs roster are Texas natives, the highest figure for the squad since 2005-06, when 13 of 16 players were from the Lone Star State.
TCU has three hometown products on the roster who hail from Fort Worth (Kyan Anderson, Charles Hill Jr. and Thomas Montigel) and seven when including the entire Metroplex with Dallas native's Devonta Abron and Karviar Shepherd, Arlington product Brandon Parrish and Grand Prairie standout Chris Washburn.
The last time TCU did not have at least one Metroplex native on the roster was 2001-02.
TCU's other Lone Star State standouts include Aaron Durley (Houston), Clyde Smith III (Houston), Michael Williams (San Antonio) and Christian Gore (El Paso).
Anderson Ready To Go
Kyan Anderson will look to build upon one of the most successful sophomore campaigns in school history after leading the Frogs in scoring and assists a year ago.
In regular-season games, Anderson has scored in double figures in nine-straight games, the best by a Frog since Zvonko Buljan went 11 straight in 2009-10. The last time Anderson didn't score in double figures in a regular-season contest came on Feb. 6, 2013 against Kansas. The junior scored eight points for TCU against the Jayhawks.
Anderson also has six 20-point efforts in his career. He became the first Frog with three such outings in a row since Corey Santee (2002-03) during a three-game run Nov. 24 through Dec. 4 in 2012-13.
A Head Start
TCU got a head start on the 2013-14 season this summer as the program embarked on a Canadian Summer Tour in August, which featured four games in four days against some of the top Canadian programs. The Purple and White went 2-2 overall during the four-game swing, which allowed the Frogs the chance to play together for the first time in 2013.
He Has Seen It All
TCU Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine Chris Hall is in his 30th season working with the TCU men's basketball program. Hall has worked a total of 957 games as the head trainer for men's basketball. In his 30 plus years, the TCU graduate has only missed a total of four games court side.
Hall joined the TCU staff in 1984 after serving a year on the training staff at Arkansas. Prior to joining the Razorbacks, he was a student trainer with the Dallas Cowboys.
TCU will begin regular-season action Friday, Nov. 8 against SMU. Start time is set for 6:30 p.m. CT at the American Airlines Center. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Brian Estridge and John Denton calling the action live from Dallas.