TCU Hosts Richmond in NIT Quarterfinals

March 20, 2017

TCU Horned Frogs
Richmond Spiders
March 21, 2017 | 6 PM | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena

NIT Central

FORT WORTH, Texas -- No. 4 seeded TCU (21-15) continues play in the National Invitation Tournament when it hosts No. 6 seeded Richmond (22-12) in the quarterfinals Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Dave LaMont (Play-By-Play) and Stephen Howard (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio.

The winner of the contest will advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden and play on Tuesday, March 28.

Richmond finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference and has won seven of its last eight games. The Spiders won at Alabama in the first round of the NIT, 71-64, and defeated Oakland, 87-83, in the quarterfinals. Senior forward T.J. Cline is averaging a team-best 18.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He was the A-10 Player of the Year. Freshman guard De'Mo Buckingham was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year and is averaging 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Tuesday will be the first meeting between TCU and Richmond.

TCU is making its seventh appearance in the NIT and the first since 2005. In 2005, the Frogs advanced past the first two rounds before falling at Maryland in the quarterfinals. TCU has never advanced past the quarterfinals. On March 15, TCU hosted its first NIT game since 1999 when it defeated Nebraska in the second round before falling to Oregon in Fort Worth in the quarterfinals. TCU is 11-6 all-time in the NIT. Overall, it's the 15th postseason appearance for the program and the first since the 2012 College Basketball Invitational.

Iowa had won 43 of its last 45 games at home in Carver-Hawkeye Arena until TCU came away with a 94-92 overtime win in front of a sold-out crowd on March 19. The Hawkeye's jumped out to a seven-point lead early in the first half, but the Frogs led most of the game (31:07). With TCU playing in its first game without freshman guard Jaylen Fisher, Alex Robinson assumed full time point guard duties and tied a team high with 19 points and had a career-high 11 assists, also a TCU postseason record, while playing 44 minutes. All of TCU's points were either scored in the paint (52), beyond-the-arc (30) or at the free throw line (12). It was TCU's first win over a current member of the Big Ten since a 101-89 win over Nebraska on March 15, 1999. It was TCU's first win in the state of Iowa since a 79-69 win at Drake on Feb. 2, 1991.

• TCU was over .500 in conference play through 11 games for the first time since the 2004-05 season, also at 6-5.
• TCU's six conference wins are its most ever in the Big 12. TCU is in its fifth season in the league.
• TCU's win at Texas was its first in Austin in 30 years, back when Jamie Dixon was a senior.
• TCU swept the season series over Texas for the first time in 30 years.
• TCU's win over Iowa State was its first in 20 years.
• TCU's win at Kansas State was its first win in Manhattan in 18 years.
• TCU won three-straight conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when it was in the Mountain West.
• TCU advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship for the first time in school history.
• TCU defeated an AP No. 1 team for the first time in school history when it beat No. 1 Kansas on March 9.
• TCU had a representative on the All-Big 12 team for the first time since 2015.
• TCU won a postseason game for the first time since 2012 and obtained its first NIT win and postseason road win since 2005.
• TCU has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 21 wins in the 2004-05 season.

• One year ago on Tuesday, TCU hired Jamie Dixon to be its 22nd head coach.
• At 21 wins, TCU has its most victories in a season since going 21-14 in 2004-05.
• TCU has not recorded more than 21 wins since going 27-6 during the 1997-98 season, its last NCAA Tournament Appearance.
Jamie Dixon has had a 20-win season in 13 of his 14 seasons as a head coach.
Vladimir Brodziansky (Second Team and All-Defensive), Jaylen Fisher (Honorable Mention), Alex Robinson (All-Newcomer) and Kenrich Williams (Honorable Mention) all earned postseason honors from the Big 12 Conference.
• Brodziansky was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the AP.
• TCU finished eighth in the Big 12, the highest in its five seasons in the league. TCU was picked 10th in the preseason poll.
• At 14-6, it's TCU's most wins at home since a 14-3 home record during the 2011-12 season. TCU was 15-1 in 2000-01.
Jamie Dixon has won the most games of any TCU head coach in his first year with the program.
• In its five seasons in the Big 12, TCU has three road conference wins, two of those wins coming this season.
Jamie Dixon has coached as many conference wins (6) as TCU had in the last three years combined.
• TCU is 19-5 when outrebounding its opponent.
• TCU is 9-2 when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
• TCU is 18-2 when leading at halftime (Baylor, WVU).
• TCU is 12-4 when forcing more turnovers than it commits.
• TCU's 74.2 points per game is the highest average since the 2002-03 season (80.4).
• TCU is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, the most since the 1998-99 season (49.1).
• TCU's 16.7 assists per game is the most since the 2000-01 season (18.9).
• TCU's 35.5 rebounds per game is the most since the 2002-03 season (38.9).
• TCU currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 16 in the NCAA in assists (16.7).
Kenrich Williams ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 38 in the NCAA with 9.4 rebounds per game.
• Williams ranks No. 32 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.2 average on the season.
• Williams ranks first in the conference and 19th in the NCAA with 16 double-doubles this season.
• Williams ranks No. 7 all-time at TCU for most rebounds in a season. (309)
• Williams (13/10 vs. FS) recorded TCU's first double-double in the postseason since Lee Nailon (27/14) in the 1999 NIT vs. Oregon.
Brandon Parrish is TCU's all-time leader in games played.
Alex Robinson has led TCU in assists 28 times this season and has had at least four assists in all but five games this season.
• Robinson ranks fourth for the most assists in a season at TCU with 206.
Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 26th nationally with 2.2 blocks per game.
• Brodziansky's 80 total blocks ranks as the second most in school history for a single season.
Jaylen Fisher is out for the season with a broken left wrist, sustained during TCU's game with Fresno State on March 15.



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