Jan. 4, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU begins its inaugural season of Big 12 basketball at home Saturday when it plays host to longtime rival Texas Tech at 5 p.m. FOX Sports Southwest will televise the matchup live from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs begin their first Big 12 campaign with a sense of optimism following a 9-4 non-conference season that was good for the program's best winning percentage (.692) in regular-season non-league games since a 10-4 mark in 2004-05. TCU has won three straight games for the first time since early 2011-12 and is 7-2 at home so far in 2012-13.
TCU welcomes former Southwest Conference rival Texas Tech to the DMC for the second straight season. The Frogs and Red Raiders are quite familiar with each other, having met all but one season (1999) since the breakup of the SWC in 1996. TCU has won three of the last four matchups, including two straight, and is searching for its first three-game win streak against Tech since taking four in a row from 1996 to 2000.
Saturday's contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest (DirecTV 676; Dish 437) with the veteran Frog radio tandem of Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) calling the action on TV. Jeff Williams (pxp) and former Horned Frog Herb Stephens (analyst) will fill in on the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in the DFW Metroplex on both 570 KLIF AM and 88.7 FM KTCU, as well as on satellite radio via Sirius channel 123 and XM 194. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while live streams of both the television and radio broadcasts will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU is 42-48 all-time in conference season openers. The squad has lost its last two openers and is only 6-16 since the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996.
* TCU will look to win its first game in a new league since opening its 74-year SWC run with a victory over Rice in 1923.
* Trent Johnson is 1-1 all-time against Texas Tech (0-1 at Nevada; 1-0 at Stanford).
* Johnson is 6-7 all-time in conference openers (3-2 at Nevada; 1-3 at Stanford; 2-2 at LSU).
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 7 in the NCAA in scoring defense (54.5 ppg). The squad is No. 54 in the NCAA in overall field-goal defense (38.9%) and No. 23 in 3-point field goal defense (28.3%).
* TCU's scoring defense average is 17.6 points fewer than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times in its 13 games. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* TCU players own two of the top-3 individual scoring performances by Big 12 players this season (Kyan Anderson, 35 vs. UAB; Garlon Green, 31 at Rice)
* TCU also owns the top rebounding game by a Big 12 player (Adrick McKinney, 20 vs. Houston).
* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine victories. Nine of the squad's 13 games have been decided by seven points or less.
* TCU has outshot 10 of its 13 opponents this season. The Frogs are 9-1 in such contests.
* TCU is 6-0 this season when leading at the half and 5-1 when winning the rebounding battle.
* Since moving into the three-guard position on Dec. 8, Garlon Green is averaging 20.0 ppg and shooting 52.9% from 3-point range (9-of-17).
* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the firstnine contests.
* Green is 19 points shy of becoming the 31st member of TCU's 1,000-point club. He also would become only the 20th Frog with both 1,000 points and 400 rebounds in a career.
* Adrick McKinney has led TCU in rebounding six of the last seven games, averaging 10.0 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering thecurrent stretch. He has at least nine rebounds in five straight games.
* Four of McKinney's 11 career double-figure scoring games have come in the last five contests.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in 3-point percentage (No. 5), assists (No. 8), steals (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 11), 3-pointers (No. 10) andscoring (No. 15).
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech enters Big 12 play following a 7-4 non-conference season. The squad, which has played all of its games so far this season at home, brings a two-game winning streak to Fort Worth following victories last week over North Carolina A&T (85-74) and Florida A&M (70-56).
First-year head coach Chris Walker took over a Red Raiders team that finished last season with an 8-23 overall record and 10th place in the Big 12 with a 1-17 conference mark. Tech features a very young lineup this season that includes four starters who are either sophomores or freshmen.
Junior forward Jaye Crockett has served as the team's leading scorer (15.2 ppg) and rebounder (9.2 rpg) this season despite starting only one contest. Fellow junior forward Dejan Kravic (10.7 ppg) and freshman guard Josh Gray (10.4 ppg) also average double figures in points. Last season's leading scorer, sophomore forward Jordan Tolbert, averages 8.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Gray is the team's top assist man (2.8 apg), and Kravic paces the squad in blocked shots (1.7 bpg).
Texas Tech ranks among the nation's top-100 teams in steals (No. 10), offensive rebounds (No. 38), scoring average (No. 47), fewest turnovers (No. 82) and field-goal percentage (No. 93).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Texas Tech will be meeting for the 13th consecutive year and the 57th season in the last 58. The only season the teams did not play since 1955-56 was in 1999-2000. The Frogs have defeated the Red Raiders each of the last two seasons and in three of the last four, including a 75-69 victory last season in Fort Worth. Tech owns a 72-47 edge in the all-time series, although TCU is 29-27 in games played in Fort Worth.
TCU vs. Texas Tech - Last 10 Meetings
Date W/L Score Site
Dec. 3, 2002 L 66-84 Fort Worth
Dec. 10, 2003 L 60-67 Lubbock
Nov. 23, 2004 W 83-68 Fort Worth
Nov. 30, 2005 L 54-81 Lubbock
Nov. 29, 2006 L 60-70 Fort Worth
Nov. 28, 2007 L 58-71 Lubbock
Jan. 6, 2009 W 85-80 Lubbock
Dec. 8, 2009 L 70-80 Fort Worth
Dec. 8, 2010 W 81-77 Lubbock
Dec. 6, 2011 W 75-69 Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 75, TEXAS TECH 69
TCU ran out to a fast start and coasted to victory in the second half during a 75-69 victory over Texas Tech on Dec. 6, 2011 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs hit 11 3-pointers, including nine in the first half.
J.R. Cadot came up with big plays in crunch time to help TCU hold off a late, slow charge by Texas Tech. After trailing by as many as 16points early, the Red Raiders shot a sizzling 61.9% from the field following intermission to climb back into the contest.
After Tech was able to cut the advantage to only six points on a dunk by Jaron Nash with 3:07 remaining, Cadot answered with the first of his late plays. He pulled down an offensive rebound after missing a pair offree throws, then laid the ball in to give his squad a 70-62 edge with only2:49 left. Cadot later iced the game on a pair of clutch free throws after Red Raider guard Toddrick Gotcher cut the lead to only two points with 22 seconds remaining.
Cadot recorded his sixth career double-double, and his third of the season, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Five of his boards came on the offensive glass, as TCU reached double figures in offensive rebounds for the sixth consecutive game. Cadot also was successful reaching the charity stripe, where he sank 8-of-12 shots to lead TCU to a 26-of-34 team showing.
Garlon Green paced a strong TCU outside scoring attack, totaling 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-7 shots from beyond the arc. Hank Thorns and Amric Fields also reached double figures with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Frogs were able to hold off a signature performance by Tech forward Jordan Tolbert, who scored 27 points despite being limited throughout the second half in foul trouble. Gotcher added 14 points and a game-high seven assists.
LAST TIME OUT: TCU 67, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 64
TCU led by double digits early before having to stage a late rally on its way to a 67-64 win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs scored seven of the game's final nine points in the comeback win.
The Frogs led by as many as 12 points but saw their advantage evaporate late asMVSU cranked its game up to another level in the second half. A 6-0 run gave TCU a 56-47 edge with 9:34 remaining, but MVSU scored 15 of the game's next 19 points to take the lead inside the final three minutes.
A Darryl Marshall layup gave MVSU its first lead of the game at 62-60 with 2:24 to play, but TCU responded with its late surge. Adrick McKinney came up with two huge plays down low on back-to-back TCU possessions, first tying the game with a layup off an assist from Kyan Anderson. McKinney then gave the Frogs the lead for good with a tip-in off a missed layup by Garlon Green with 35 seconds left.
Andersonled TCU in the scorebook for the fourth time this season with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added five assists. Green totaled 15 and seven rebounds, and McKinney had 13 points and a game-high nine boards. Connell Crossland chipped in nine points and five boards.
TCU-MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE POSTGAME NOTES
* TCU finished the non-conference season with a 9-4 record, its best mark (.692) since going 10-4 (.714) in 2004-05.
* TCU improved to 28-1 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), including 3-0 this season. The squad has won each of itslast 27 matchups against the league.
* Kyan Anderson paced TCU in scoring for the fourth time this season, matching Garlon Green for the team lead.
* Green surpassed the 400-rebound mark for his career.
* Adrick McKinney led the team in rebounding for the sixth time in seven games and scored in double figures for the fourth time in five contests.
GREEN STREAKING TOWARDS MILESTONES
Garlon Green, the most-seasoned veteran on TCU's roster, continues to put the final touches on a solid career while leading the Frogs into their inaugural Big 12 campaign.
* TCU's active career leader in scoring and rebounds, Green needs only 19 points tobecome the 31st member of the Frogs' 1,000-point club.
* After recording his 400th career rebound vs. Mississippi Valley State, Green also would be just the 20th Frog with 1,000 points and 400 boards.
* Green is No. 2 on the team this season in scoring average and No. 3 in rebounding. He has started all 13 contests.
* Green is in the best four-game stretch of his career, averaging a team-best 20.0 ppg while leading TCU in scoring in three contests.
TCU experienced a fast start to the 2012-13 season with a 9-4 mark in non-conference play.
* TCU's .692 final non-conference winning percentage marked its best figure since going 10-4 (.714) in 2004-05.
* TCU went 7-2 in non-conference at home. The squad's losses came by a combined nine points to SMU and Houston.
* TCU has finished with a winning non-conference record each season since 2005-06.
TCU CONFERENCE HISTORY
TCU's arrival in the Big 12 Conference will mark the program's fifth different league in the 102nd year of the program following stints in the Southwest Conference (1923-1996), Western Athletic Conference (1996-2001), Conference USA (2001-05) and Mountain West (2005-2012). The Horned Frogs briefly had plans to join the Big East Conference for thisseason prior to accepting a bid to play in the Big 12.
* TCU's records in its previous five conferences:
Conference Overall Conference
SWC 816-962 414-579
WAC 108-55 45-29
C-USA 58-65 24-40
MWC 89-131 30-78
FROGS VS. THE BIG 12
TCU owns a long history with several current members of the Big 12, having previously played in the Southwest Conference with Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech. The squad has faced each school in the league's current format at least four times with the exception of West Virginia, which it has never played.
* TCU's series histories against Baylor (168 games), Texas (164 games) and Tech (118 games) rank No. 3, No. 4 and No. 7 among the lengthiest in the history of the program.
* TCU's records against its new conference rivals:
Iowa State 5-1
Kansas State 2-3
Oklahoma State 2-17
Texas Tech 47-72
West Virginia 0-0