Frogs Conclude Homestand Wednesday vs. UTPA

Senior guard J.R. Cadot is the MW's third-leading rebounder and is No. 4 in steals.

Senior guard J.R. Cadot is the MW's third-leading rebounder and is No. 4 in steals.

Jan. 10, 2012

GAME #15 - UTPA (5-14) vs. TCU (9-5)

TCU GAME NOTES //  UTPA GAME NOTES //  LIVE AUDIO //  GAMETRACKER

GAME DAY INFORMATION
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012  //  7 p.m.  //  Fort Worth, Texas  //  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Series Record: TCU leads, 4-1  //  Last Meeting: Jan. 20, 2010 in Fort Worth (W, 70-58)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Internet: GoFrogs.com (radio, GameTracker)  //  TV: None
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, `88)    
      Record at TCU: 47-63 (.427) in 4th season  //  Overall: 185-121 (.605) in 10th season
UTPA Head Coach: Ryan Marks (USC, `93)   
      Record at UTPA: 17-66 (.205) in 3rd season  //  Overall: 165-149 (.525) in 11th season


FORT WORTH--TCU plays its final non-conference game prior to the start of the 2012 Mountain West schedule Wednesday, when it plays host to Texas-Pan American at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Horned Frogs will be aiming for their 10th non-conference victory of the season, which would be their most since winning 10 in 2004-05. TCU still has one more non-MW tilt scheduled for Feb. 8 vs. SMU, and winning both contests would match the 2000-01 team for most regular-season non-conference wins since prior to the 1999-2000 campaign (11).

Texas-Pan American arrives at Fort Worth with a 5-14 overall record following a Monday road loss at Air Force (67-50). The Broncs as still looking for their first road victory after dropping to 0-10 away from Edinburg, Texas, against the Falcons.

TCU and UTPA will meet for the sixth time in the all-time series. The Frogs have won four of five previous matchups, including three straight, and are 3-1 against the Broncs in Fort Worth.

Wednesday's contest wraps up a four-game TCU homestand. The Frogs begin MW conference play Saturday at Colorado State.

Fans can follow Wednesday's game live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 1460 AM KCLE and 88.7 FM KTCU with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) calling the matchup. Links to both the live radio Internet feed and live stats will be available via TCU's official athletics website, GoFrogs.com.


FROG QUICK NOTES
* A win would give TCU 10 non-conference wins for the first time since 2004-05. An additional victory Feb. 8 at SMU would give the squad 11 in a season for the first time since 2000-01.

* TCU is 5-0 this season against foes from the state of Texas and 11-1 in its last 12 opportunities overall.

* TCU is 7-0 in games decided by six points or fewer.

* TCU is 8-0 when scoring 70 points or more, 6-0 when shooting 45.0% or better from the field, 5-0 when outrebounding the opposition and 9-1 when leading at halftime.

* TCU is forcing an average of 18.1 turnovers per game, 1.8 more than any other Mountain West team.

* TCU is No. 2 in the MW in average turnover margin (+3.07).

* Hank Thorns has 22 assists against only two turnovers in 104 minutes of action over the last three games.

* Thorns is No. 4 in the MW in assists (4.86 apg) and minutes played (32.29 mpg); No. 9 assist/turnover ratio (1.55); No. 10 in steals (1.50 spg); and No. 11 in scoring (12.4 ppg).

* Thorns, who has played only 46 games as a Frog, is just 28 assists shy of entering the team's career top-10 list (321). He needs only 22 more helpers for 500 in his career overall.

* Garlon Green is No. 3 in the MW in free-throw shooting (81.8%) and No. 14 in scoring (11.7 ppg).

* J.R. Cadot is No. 2 in the MW in offensive rebounds (2.93 rpg); No. 3 in total rebounds (7.1 rpg); No. 4 in steals (1.79 spg); No. 6 in defensive rebounds (4.14 rpg); and No. 8 in minutes played (30.36 mpg).

* Cadot is the only MW guard, and the lone league player shorter than 6-8, averaging more than 6.0 rebounds this season. He has at least five boards in all but two contests.


 UTPA PROJECTED STARTERS
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2011-12 Statistics
1
 Brandon Provost
G
6-3
190
Jr.
 12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg
11
 Jared Maree
G
6-3
205
Sr.
 13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg
12
 Nick Weiermiller
G
6-1
185
Sr.
 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.9 apg
15
 Enrique Mason
C
6-9
255
So.
 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.2 apg
20
 Earl Jefferson
F
6-5
190
Jr.
 4.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 apg

 TCU PROJECTED STARTERS
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Yr.
Year
 2011-12 Statistics
5
 Kyan Anderson
G
5-11
165
Fr.
 6.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.4 apg
10
 Hank Thorns
G
5-9
165
Sr.
 12.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.9 apg
23
 J.R. Cadot
G
6-5
210
Sr.
 10.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 spg
33
 Garlon Green
G/F
6-7
215
Jr.
 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.7 apg
41
 Craig Williams
F
6-8
265
Sr.
 6.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.4 apg

INSIDE THE SERIES
Texas-Pan American and TCU have met five times previously, with the Horned Frogs owning a 4-1 series lead. TCU is 3-1 in games played in Fort Worth and 1-0 in Edinburg, Texas. The Broncos' lone victory came at the DMC, 75-68, back on Nov. 29, 1975. The Frogs' 153 points during the Nov. 29, 1997 matchup still ranks as the single-game school record.


 TCU vs. UTPA - All-Time Series
Date
W/L
Score
Site
Nov. 30, 1974
W
70-68
Fort Worth
Nov. 29, 1975
L
68-75
Fort Worth
Dec. 11, 1975
W
77-76
Edinburg
Nov. 29, 1997
W
153-87
Fort Worth
Jan. 20, 2010
W
153-87
Fort Worth


LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 70, UTPA 58
Ronnie Moss, Nikola Cerina and Zvonko Buljan each scored in double figures to help lead TCU to a 70-58 victory over The Texas-Pan American on Jan. 20, 2010 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The win moved TCU to 10-9 on the season.

With 12:04 remaining in the first half, the Broncs took 14-13 lead following a 3-pointer by Nick Weiermiller. The Frogs responded with a 16-3 run to move back on top, 29-17, following a Moss lay-in at the 5:40 mark. UTPA was unable to cut the lead to fewer than eight points the remainder of the game.

Moss finished with 15 points to go along with 11 assists and three rebounds. The performance marked his second-straight double-digit assist output and his second double-double of the season. Cerina connected on 6-of-6 field goals while finishing with 13 points, and Buljan posted his sixth double-double of the season featuring 10 points and 10 rebounds.
 
The Frogs shot a season-high 57.4% (27-of-47) from the floor overall, including 61.5% (16-of-26) in the first half. The squad doubled up the Broncs in both points in the paint (36-18) and bench points (22-11).


IN-STATE SUCCESS
TCU has seen success against its in-state foes since the arrival of head coach Jim Christian to campus.

* The Frogs are 16-3 against Texas teams in the Christian era, including 5-0 this season.

* TCU is 11-1 against teams from the Lone Star State in its last 12 opportunities.

* TCU will face seven Texas teams in all this season. Wins vs. UTPA (Jan. 11) and SMU (Feb. 8) would make the team undefeated against in-state foes for only the third time in program history and the first time since 1997-98 (9-0). TCU also posted an 18-0 mark in 1951-52 as a member of the Southwest Conference.

* Last year, TCU posted a 4-1 record with wins over Texas Tech, SMU, Houston and Prairie View A&M. The lone loss came at Rice.


FIELDS NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amric Fields was named Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 9, for his performance in the previous week's comeback win over Rice.

* Fields matched a season high with 18 points and his career best of six rebounds to lead a TCU comeback against the Owls. He totaled 11 points in the second half, including five in the game's final 1:30.

* Fields earned the first conference award of his career.

* Fields became the first TCU player to earn a MW weekly honor since former Frog Edvinas Ruzgas on Dec. 21, 2009.

* Fields became the fifth Frog to earn a MW weekly award since TCU joined the league prior to the 2005-06 season. Other Frog winners included: Brent Hackett (Jan. 8, 2007), Kevin Langford (Dec. 24, 2007), Zvonko Buljan (Jan. 12, 2009) and Ruzgas.


 

 


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