TCU men's hoops hit the road for New Mexico and Air Force
Jan. 10, 2006
FT. WORTH, Texas -- A pair of Mountain West Conference road games are on tap for the TCU men's basketball team as the Horned Frogs will first meet up with New Mexico at The Pit on Wednesday before heading on to league-leader Air Force for a showdown on Saturday.
TCU and New Mexico square off for the first time since 1998. The two teams battled each other three times that year with the Lobos taking a pair of wins over the Horned Frogs. New Mexico won in Albuquerque and in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, while TCU took a 95-64 decision in Fort Worth.
GAME 16: TCU (4-11, 0-1) at New Mexico (10-5, 1-1)
TIPOFF: Wednesday, Jan.11, 2006 at 10 p.m. (CT)
SITE: The Pit/Bob King Court (18,018) in Albuquerque, N.M.
Dave Revsine and Doug Gottlieb will serve as the play-by-play and color analyst for the game.
RADIO: ESPN 103.3 FM and KTCU 88.7 FM in Ft. Worth/Dallas
Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (color analyst) will call the game.
ONLINE: Live Radio Broadcast and Gametracker on www.GoFrogs.com
ABOUT THE GAME
A win over UNM on Wednesday will make TCU the first team in 2005-06 to post a victory at The Pit, one of the loudest and most difficult places to play in college basketball. The Lobos are a perfect 10-0 at home this year with a current homecourt streak of 19 straight wins.
The Lobos will be the fourth team on the Frogs' schedule this year that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004-05. UNM, seeded 12th in the Syracuse Regional, fell to No. 5 seed Villanova in the first round by a 55-47 score.
The Horned Frogs will be making their sixth television appearance of the season and first of the new year. Wednesday's showdown at UNM will mark the fifth time TCU has been featured on television away from home in 2005-06.
Both head coaches Neil Dougherty (TCU) and Ritchie McKay (UNM) are in their fourth season. The two were hired as the 18th head men's basketball coaches at their respective schools in 2002. TCU is Dougherty's first head coaching position, while McKay has coached at the top spot at Portland State (1996-98), Colorado State (1998-2000) and Oregon State (2000-02) prior to taking over the helm at New Mexico.
LAST TIME OUT: Wyoming 68, at TCU 64
TCU held Wyoming to a season-low 21 points for an opponent at the break, making it five times that the Frogs have limited their opponent under 30 points at the half.
The last time the Frogs committed a season-low five turnovers in the opening half came in a 71-63 home win against Texas-Arlington on Dec. 10.
At least two Horned Frogs have scored in double figures in 14 of the 15 games played this season.
Senior Nile Murry tallied double-digit points for the second game in a row and 14th time this season, finishing with 15 points.
Chudi Chinweze has made big strides with every game as he paced the Frogs with his season-high 17 points. The last time the senior forward collected double-digit points came in the season-ending injury game at Kansas on Dec. 9, 2004.
Brent Hackett also netted double figures in points with 12 on the night. The sophomore guard has scored in double digits nine times this year.
Wyoming tied its series with TCU at 3-3, notching a nail-biter 68-64 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.