TCU Looks to Build Off Big Win vs. WVU

Nate Butler Lind has matched his career scoring high twice in the last three games.

Nate Butler Lind has matched his career scoring high twice in the last three games.

Feb. 8, 2013

Game #23: TCU (10-12; 1-8) vs. West Virginia (11-11; 4-5)

Date & Time:Feb. 9, 2013 • 3:01 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television:Big 12 Network (TXA-21 in DFW)
TV Talent:Mitch Holthus (play-by-play)
Dan Hughes (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (570 AM, 88.7 FM, Sirius 92, XM 191)
Radio Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst) (GameTracker, Audio )
Series:WVU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting:Jan. 23, 2013 in Morgantown (L, 50-71)
Game Notes: TCU | West Virginia

FORT WORTH -- TCU attempts to build off one of the biggest wins in program history Saturday when it plays to West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The matchup, which will be televised live by The Big 12 Network, is set to tip off at 3 p.m.

Saturday's game also will serve as TCU Basketball Lettermen's Day, as all former Horned Frog hoopsters are being welcomed back to campus. The Frogs will honor the career of the program's all-time leading scorer, Darrell Browder, at halftime.

TCU (10-12 overall; 1-8 Big 12) recorded it first Big 12 win and first-ever against a top-5 opponent Wednesday at home against No. 5 Kansas in front of a record crowd at the DMC (7,412). It looks to keep that success going against the Mountaineers (11-11 overall; 4-5 Big 12), who enter the contest in seventh place in the Big 12. The two teams met for the first time on the hardwood back on Jan. 23 in Morgantown, W.Va., with WVU claiming a 71-50 win.

The Big 12 Network will televise the contest live on a regional basis on TXA-21 in the DFW area. Viewers located inside the Big 12 footprint but outside the Metroplex should check local listings for a carrier in their area. The contest will also be offered on ESPN3 to qualified cable subscribers and on a pay-per-view basis via ESPN Full Court. Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Dan Hughes (color) will serve as the TV tandem. 

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 KLIF AM and 88.7 FM KTCU, as well as nationally on Sirius 92 and XM 191. Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at, while a live stream of the radio broadcast will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.

* TCU will attempt to follow up a victory over a ranked opponent with a win for the first time since 2006-07. It fell in its last two opportunities last season.

* TCU ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 22 in the NCAA in scoring defense (58.3 ppg). The squad is No. 16 nationally in fewest 3-pointers allowed (4.5 pg).

* TCU's scoring defense average is nearly 14 points fewer per game than last season's final figure (72.1 ppg).

* TCU is tied for third in the Big 12 in turnovers forced (13.6 tpg) and offensive rebounding (11.6 rpg) during league action.

* TCU has attempted only 214 shots from 3-point range this year, which ranks 346th out of 347 NCAA Division I teams. Only Lamar (141) has made fewer attempts.

* TCU is 10-1 in when outshooting the opponent and 0-11 when shooting at a lower rate. The squad is 7-1 when posting a mark of at least 45.0% overall and 7-1 when leading at the half.

* Adrick McKinney leads TCU in both scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) during Big 12 play.

* McKinney is ninth in the Big 12 in overall rebounding average (7.0 rpg) and No. 8 since the start of league play (7.2 rpg). He ranks No. 3 in offensive rebounds in Big 12 games (2.9 rpg).

* McKinney has scored in double figures in eight of the last 14 games. He had done so only seven times in 40 career games entering the stretch.

* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding in 11 of the last 16 games, averaging 8.5 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.

* McKinney has pulled in at least five boards in each of the last 16 contests, the longest streak for a Frog since 2009-10 (Zvonko Buljan, 24 straight).

* Connell Crossland is averaging just under a double-double over the last four games (9.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg) while shooting a team-best 65.4% from the floor.

* Crossland has pulled down at least 12 rebounds in two straight games, while his 39 points over the last four contests rank as a career best.

* Since the start of Big 12 play, Crossland is tied for sixth in the league in offensive rebounds (2.7 rpg) and ninth in total boards (6.9 rpg). He is No. 17 overall in rebounding.

* Garlon Green has played in 100 straight games for TCU. He has climbed into the No. 8 spot on TCU's career charts for games played (119) and minutes (2,971). He will move into a tie for No. 7 on the games played list with Dennis Davis (1995-98) with his next appearance.

* Green is averaging a team-high 12.7 ppg and shooting 47.4% from 3-point range (18-of-38) over the last 13 contests since the Dec. 8 loss at Tulsa. He has scored 20 or more points four times over that period.

* Prior to the current stretch, Green was 0-for-5 from outside the arc in the first nine contests.

* Nate Butler Lind has matched his career scoring high of 10 points twice in the last three games.

* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in steals (1.5 spg; No. 6), minutes played (32.3 mpg; No. 7), assists (3.2 apg; No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (1.1; No. 8) and scoring (11.0 ppg; No. 19).

* Anderson's 35-point game Dec. 22 at Rice ranks as the top individual scoring performance by a Big 12 player this season.

* McKinney's 20-rebound effort Dec. 4 vs. Houston ranks No. 2 among Big 12 individual performances.

* Charles Hill Jr. has scored 43 of his 48 points this season in Big 12 action. He is averaging 26.2 minutes in conference games after playing only 29 minutes total in non-conference.

* TCU has erased second-half deficits in six of its 10 wins.

* TCU has featured nine different starting lineups this season.

* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.

* TCU has attempted 188 free throws in Big 12 play compared to only 139 for its opponents, an average margin of +5.4 pg.

TCU will celebrate the standout career of former Frog Darrell Browder (1980-83) with a special halftime ceremony during Saturday's matchup against West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
One of the all-time greats in TCU basketball lore, Browder helped lead a rebirth of TCU basketball success that eventually saw the squad climb to the top of the Southwest Conference in the latter parts of the 1980's. The Fort Worth native totaled a school-record 1,886 points while averaging 16.1 points per game for his career playing for former head coach Jim Killingsworth's heralded "Killer Frogs" squads. He also still holds career records for minutes played (4,378) and field goals (803) while ranking among the top 5 in starts (No. 3, 114), assists (No. 4, 459) and steals (No. 5, 129).
Browder earned numerous honors during his career, including three times being named an All-Southwest Conference First-Team selection. He helped usher TCU out of one of the most stagnant periods of its history as a senior in 1983 by leading the team to a 23-11 record, its best since 1968, and to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament. That season's Frogs team just missed winning the SWC tournament title, falling to the Houston "Phi Slamma Jamma" group that would go on to play in the NCAA title game by only three points in the conference final. Browder helped carry TCU to the championship matchup by scoring 22 points during a semifinal overtime upset of No. 6 Arkansas.
Browder was a local legend even before his time as a Frog thanks to an outstanding prep career in the Fort Worth area playing for local coaching legend Robert Hughes at Dunbar High School. He was named the district and Tarrant County MVP as a senior when he helped Dunbar reach the Texas Class 4A state semifinals.
Following his TCU career, the Houston Rockets selected Browder with the 71st overall pick in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He was inducted into the TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

The TCU Student-Athlete Advisory Council will be hosting multiple Teddy Bear Drives at TCU basketball games across the month of February, starting with Saturday's game against West Virginia.

The Teddy Bear Drive will be to the benefit of Cook Children's Hospital. When children are admitted to Cook's Children's Hospital they are each given a teddy bear. The drive will be used to help give back to and show appreciation to the hospital for its work to the Fort Worth community.

At the following games, TCU student-athletes will be at each entrance of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to collect teddy bears and thank fans for their contributions:

West Virginia enters today's matchup at 11-11 overall and seventh place in the Big 12 standings with a 4-5 league mark. The squad has won two straight games entering the weekend, last Saturday at Texas Tech (77-61) and Monday vs. Texas (60-58). 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.

Junior center Aaric Murray leads West Virginia in both scoring average (9.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). He ranks No. 11 in the Big 12 in rebounding and No. 5 in blocked shots (1.6 bpg). Sophomore guard Juwan Staten is second among Mountaineers in scoring (9.6 ppg) and tops the team with a No. 9 Big 12 ranking in assists (3.0).

West Virginia is among the nation's top-100 teams in offensive rebounding (No. 20). It ranks eighth in the Big 12 in both scoring offense (66.8 ppg) and scoring defense (65.8 ppg) and is No. 2 in steals (7.6 rpg) and No. 3 in turnover margin (+2.09).

TCU was unable to match up with West Virginia in a meeting of Big 12 newcomers Jan. 27 in Morgantown, W.Va., as the Horned Frogs suffered a 71-50 setback at WVU Coliseum.

Kyan Anderson led a trio of Frogs in double figures with 19 points. Anderson made 6-of-11 attempts from the floor and 6-of-8 at the free-throw line in 33 minutes of action. He scored nine of TCU's 22 points in the opening half. Connell Crossland came off the bench for TCU to add 11 points, just one off his career high, in addition to a team-best seven rebounds. Crossland also set a personal best with three blocked shots. Adrick McKinney chipped in 10 points down low.

West Virginia jumped on top of TCU early after Nate Butler Lind and Anderson had given the Frogs a 6-3 edge less than three minutes into the contest with back-to-back 3-pointers. WVU responded with a 9-0 run to pull ahead by five, 13-8, with the help of four straight turnovers. WVU's pressure defense gave TCU fits in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers.
TCU would never see the lead again. WVU moved in front by as many as 15 in the opening stanza following a 12-2 run. Anderson sank a pair of free throws with five seconds left in the half, but TCU went into intermission down big, 35-22.

TCU's first win in the Big 12 was a big one, as the Horned Frogs knocked off No. 5 Kansas on Wednesday in front of a record crowd of 7,412 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The victory was the first for the program ever over a top-5 opponent.

The Frogs locked down on KU defensively on the first half while running out to a large lead. The Jayhawks scored only two points in the game's opening 14 minutes and made only 3-of-22 attempts overall in the period as TCU built a 22-13 edge at the half.

TCU then withstood Kansas' best shot in the second half, including eight straight possessions where the Jayhawks scored at least one point. The Frog lead grew to as many as 16 points with 11:41 to play before KU made its last-ditch effort. TCU then closed the game out at the free-throw line before portions of the sellout crowd stormed the DMC court.

The story of the game was a standout TCU defensive performance that limited KU to only 29.5% shooting, the squad's lowest effort since the 1998-99 season. The Jayhawks' 17 field goals were their fewest in a game since 2006.

Garlon Green recorded his fifth 20-plus-point performance of the season with 20 points to lead TCU's offensive efforts, while Nate Butler Lind matched a career best with 10. Connell Crossland gave the Frogs a huge effort on the glass, recording a game-high and personal-best 15 rebounds.

* The squad ended an eight-game losing streak and its worst start to a conference season since 1978-79, when the Frogs began Southwest Conference play 0-9.

* TCU entered the game 0-20 in all-time matchups against top-5 squads, including 0-5 at home.

* TCU improved to 3-2 in its last five games against ranked squads dating back to last season. The Frogs downed No. 11 UNLV and No. 18 New Mexico last season. One of the two losses came in overtime last season to No. 21 San Diego State.

* The highest ranked squad TCU had previously defeated was No. 6 on two occasions: vs. No. 6 Arkansas on March 11, 1983 in Dallas (Southwest Conference tournament) and vs. No. 6 Oklahoma on Dec. 27, 1987 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (All-College Tournament).

* Trent Johnson improved to 2-0 in his head-coaching career against Kansas.

* Garlon Green appeared in his 100th consecutive game for TCU and moved into a tie for eighth place on the Frogs' all-time games played list with Bingo Merriex (118; 2000-03).

TCU set a new single-game attendance record at 52-year-old Daniel Meyer Coliseum during its Feb. 6 victory over Kansas with a figure of 7,412.

* The sellout marked the 37th for a TCU men's game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. It broke the previous men's attendance mark of 7,267 set against No. 1 Kansas on Dec. 1, 2003.

* The previous attendance record for any game was set earlier this season when 7,394 fans showed up to see the TCU women's team play No. 1 Baylor.

* The victory against Kansas boosted TCU's all-time record in sold-out DMC games to 20-17.

Connell Crossland has always been a steady player for TCU since arriving on campus in 2011-12, but he has taken his game to another level since the month of December.

* Crossland is fifth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding despite starting only seven of 22 contests. He is No. 17 in the Big 12 in rebounding.

* Since the start of Big 12 play, Crossland ranks No. 9 in the league in rebounding, tied for No. 6 in offensive boards and tied for No. 11 in defensive boards.

* Crossland is in the midst of the best offensive stretch of his career, having combined for 39 points over the past four games, the most in his career.

* Crossland provided TCU with a huge performance during the Feb. 6 home win over No. 5 Kansas, totaling a career-high 15 boards to go with eight points.

* The effort vs. Kansas marked Crossland's team-high fourth this season, and fifth in his career, with at least 10 boards.

* Crossland scored 10-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career Jan. 23 at West Virginia (11) and Jan. 26 vs. Baylor (12). The total against Baylor matched his career scoring high.

* Crossland has scored at least eight points 10 times compared to only three times all of last season. He has already set career highs for points, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and minutes played in a season.

* Crossland has one double-double this season against Centenary (12 points, 10 rebounds) with two additional near misses Dec. 22 at Rice (nine points and 11 boards) and Feb. 2 at Texas (eight points and 12 boards).

* Crossland made eight straight starts at the end of last season, including both of TCU's victories over ranked teams in wins vs. No. 11 UNLV and No. 18 New Mexico.

Nate Butler Lind has proven to be an important under-the-radar player for TCU this season.

* Butler Lind, who has started 16 of the 21 games in which he has played, ranks No. 2 on the team in assists and No. 3 in minutes played.

* Butler Lind currently is in one of the best offensive stretches of his career, matching his career scoring high with 10 points in two of the past three games. He totaled 10 in TCU's most recent victory vs. No. 5 Kansas for the third time this season.

* Butler Lind's scoring average has nearly doubled from last season, when he averaged just 2.6 ppg. He is taking his shot more often this season, firing an average of 4.8 spg compared to just 3.0 last season.

* Butler Lind has scored at least four points in 15 of 21 games, a figure he reached only nine times in 33 contests as a junior.

* Like junior college teammate Connell Crossland, Butler Lind already has set career highs for points, assists and blocked shots in a season.

* Head coach Trent Johnson has often singled out Butler Lind's high energy and unselfish play following games this season.



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