Jan. 22, 2013
FORT WORTH -- TCU travels to Morgantown, W.Va., for the first time Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. EST matchup against fellow Big 12 newcomer West Virginia. The contest will be televised live by ESPN2 from the WVU Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs, 9-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play, will attempt to break a five-game winless streak when it takes on the Mountaineers. TCU hopes to avoid its first 0-6 conference start since 2001-02. West Virginia, 8-9 overall and in seventh place in the Big 12 with a 1-3 league mark, has dropped three straight games entering the week..
TCU and WVU will meet for the first time ever on the hardwood. The Mountaineers were the only Big 12 squad that the Frogs had yet to face in their history entering the season. It will mark only TCU's third contest ever against a team from the state of West Virginia (two previous vs. Marshall) and only its second played inside the state's borders (last: Dec. 10, 1983 at Marshall [L, 90-67]).
ESPN2 will provide a live national television audience for Wednesday's contest. The telecast will also be offered online on WatchESPN to qualified cable subscribers. Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Stephen Brando (color) will serve as the play-by-play team.
Brian Estridge (pxp) and John Denton (analyst) will handle the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in the DFW Metroplex on both 570 AM KLIF and 88.7 FM KTCU. Sirius satellite radio subscribers can listen to the West Virginia radio call on channel 113. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 12 in the NCAA in scoring defense (56.4 ppg). The squad is No. 13 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (4.3 3pg) and 77th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (31.0%).
* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 16 points fewer per game than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU has held two Big 12 opponents to their lowest scoring totals of the season to that point (Baylor-51; Iowa State-63).
* TCU is forcing an average of 14.8 turnovers per game in Big 12 action, which is tied for the league lead.
* TCU has attempted 87 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 48 for its opponents, an average margin of +7.8 apg.
* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its nine victories. Nine of the squad's 17 games have been decided by seven points or fewer.
* TCU is 9-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 7-1 when shooting 45.0% or higher from the field overall.
* TCU is 6-1 when leading at the half.
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times this season. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* TCU players own two of the top-4 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).
* McKinney ranks No. 9 in the Big 12 in rebounding.
* Five of McKinney's 12 career double-figure scoring efforts have come in the last 10 games.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 10 of the last 12 games, averaging 8.8 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in minutes played (No. 5), steals (No. 6), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10), 3-pointers (No. 14) and scoring (No. 17).
* Garlon Green will move into TCU's career top-10 games played list with three more appearances (117 games). He has played in 96 consecutive games for the Frogs.
* Green recently moved into TCU's top-10 list for career minutes played. He currently sits at No. 9 (2,853 mins).
* Green shares the TCU scoring lead in Big 12 play with Devonta Abron (9.0 ppg).
* Green is averaging a team-high 14.1 ppg and shooting 44.8% from 3-point range (13-of-29) over the last nine contests with four 20-point outings.
* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the first nine contests.
* Charles Hill Jr., who has started at shooting guard each of the last three games, leads TCU in minutes played over the last four games at 34.0 mpg. He played only 31 minutes all season entering the current stretch.
* Hill has led TCU in scoring in two of the four games with double figure efforts both times.
* Devonta Abron's current individual field-goal percentage of 56.5% would rank No. 9 in TCU single-season history.
* TCU has featured nine different starting lineups this season.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia enters Wednesday's game at 8-9 overall and seventh place in the Big 12 standings with a 1-3 league mark. The squad's lone conference win came in overtime Jan. 9 at Texas (57-53). It has dropped three straight decisions entering the matchup against TCU.
Sixth-year head coach Bob Huggins directs a Mountaineers group that returned seven letterwinners and three starters from last season's team that finished eighth in the Big EAST (19-14 overall; 9-9 Big EAST) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore guard Juwan Staten leads West Virginia in both scoring average (10.1 ppg) and assists (3.1 apg). He ranks 10th in the Big 12 in helpers. Junior center Aaric Murray is the team's top player in both rebounding (6.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and ranks No. 11 and No. 5 in the Big 12 in the respective categories.
West Virginia ranks among the nation's top-100 teams in offensive rebounding (No. 7) and opponent 3-point field-goal percentage (No. 63). It is eighth in the Big 12 in both scoring offense (67.0 ppg) and scoring defense (66.9 ppg). It leads the league in offensive rebounding (15.2 rpg).
LAST TIME OUT: IOWA STATE 63, TCU 50
TCU held high-scoring Iowa State to its lowest output of the season Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Cyclones left Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 63-50 victory in the teams' first matchup as Big 12 opponents.
Three players shared the TCU scoring lead, as Devonta Abron, Garlon Green and Charles Hill Jr. totaled 10 points apiece. Green added six rebounds to match Connell Crossland and Adrick McKinney for the team lead on the glass. McKinney chipped in eight points, and Nate Butler Lind scored six points to go with five boards and a pair of steals.
TCU's scoring woes continued against ISU, as the squad shot 36.4% from the field overall and only 1-of-10 from 3-point range. The Frogs had several opportunities at the charity stripe that failed to drop, as well, going 9-of-22 at the line.
Iowa State, which entered the game ranked seventh nationally in scoring and 10th in 3-pointers made, had fewer troubles on the offensive end. The Cyclones buried an even 50.0% of their field-goal attempts and outscored the Frogs 19-14 in second-chance points despite collecting five fewer offensive rebounds. TCU did still manage to hold ISU to nearly 20 points below its season scoring average.
Iowa featured four players in double figures, including Tyrus McGee, who scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Will Clyburn totaled 12 points, with 10 in the first half, while Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang added 10 points each. Ejim was a tough matchup for TCU on the boards, as he grabbed 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.
The contest was a close, back-and-forth affair in the early going featuring eight ties and two lead changes in the first 14 minutes. Iowa State opened the game up by scoring 14 of the final 18 points of the half to take a 36-26 advantage to the locker room. ISU totaled eight points on three positions culminating with a McGee trey and fastbreak dunk following a TCU turnover with just 2:05 remaining. The Frogs hit only 1-of-9 shots to end the half while being outrebounded by the Cyclones by a 13-3 margin.
Iowa State took its largest lead at 15 points on another McGee 3 with 12:08 remaining in the contest. TCU would claw its way back to within single digits just outside the two-minute mark following a 9-4 run, but the Frogs were held scoreless the rest of the way.
TCU-IOWA STATE POSTGAME NOTES
* Saturday's contest marked the second time in the last three games Hill led TCU in scoring.
* Adrick McKinney earned at least a share of the TCU rebounding lead for the 10 time in the last 12 games.
* TCU grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, matching its top total of the season set previously vs. Texas Tech (Jan. 5).
* TCU held Iowa State to its lowest scoring total of the season with 63 points. The Cyclones' previous low was 69 points last game vs. West Virginia.
FROGS REACHING THE LINE
TCU has had success reaching the charity stripe this season, especially in Big 12 action.
* TCU has attempted 62 more free throws than its opponents, an average margin of +3.4 apg.
* TCU has seen even more opportunities since the start of Big 12 play, attempting 87 free throws compared to its opponents' 48, an average margin of +7.8 apg.
* TCU has finished its conference schedule with more free-throw attempts than opponents only once since 2004-05.
* TCU has had trouble taking advantage of the opportunities so far, ranking last in the Big 12 in free-throw shooting overall (58.9%) and ninth in league games (56.3%).