TCU Men's Basketball - A look back at the 2007-08 Campaign
March 28, 2008
Dougherty Not to Return for 2008-09 Season
Dougherty compiled a 75-108 (.410) record in six seasons with the Purple and White. The Frogs finished the season with a 14-16 overall record - including a 6-10 mark in Mountain West Conference action. The season came to a close for the Frogs on March 13th with an 89-88 setback to UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Dougherty became the 18th head coach in TCU men's basketball history after serving seven seasons under Roy Williams at the University of Kansas. The Frogs enjoyed their best season under Dougherty during the 2004-05 campaign when the Purple and White accumulated a 21-14 overall record en route to advancing to the quarterfinals of the NIT - which matched the furthest that a TCU team had every advanced in the tournament.
Stealing the Show
The defense of the Purple and White notched 14 games of 10 or more steals during the season and accumulated a record of 9-5 in those contests where the Frogs posted double-digit pick tallies.
The Frogs posted two of the top-three steal performances during the 2007-08 season in the Mountain West Conference with a 17-pick victory over Texas Southern and a 16-steal win over Jackson State. The only team in the conference to notch more picks was San Diego State's 19-steal performance against Loyola-Marymount.
Jason Ebie finished the season ranked 79th among all NCAA Division I players in steals per game as the TCU sophomore recorded an average of 1.83 steals per game. The TCU point guard collected two or more steals in 15 games and recorded at least one steals in 27 of 30 contests - including a string of 24 consecutive games.
Rebirth at the Free Throw Line
Frogs Make Improvements in MWC Competition
The Purple and White notched six victories in Mountain West Conference action - which was their highest tally since joining the league three seasons ago and tied the number of total triumphs in the conference during the past two seasons.
BYU became the first team in Mountain West Conference history to claim back-to-back outright regular-season crowns. The Cougars - who finished the regular season ranked 24th in the nation - advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.
UNLV became the first team to claim back-to-back Mountain West Conference crowns - defeating regular-season champion and top-seeded BYU by a 76-61 count. This marked the third time in league history that the top two seeds met for the conference title.
Frogs End Season with 89-88 Setback to UNLV
After Brent Hackett connected on a three-pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game to give TCU an 88-86 lead - Wink Adams drove the lane and connected on a lay-in with 3.4 seconds left on the clock to tie the game. After a foul was called on TCU's Kevin Langford - Adams connected on the and-one free throw to give UNLV the victory.
The Frogs set a Mountain West Conference Tournament record with 17 three-pointers - but what was even more impressive was that TCU only ATTEMPTED 23 treys. The Frogs set a program record by connecting on 73.9 percent of their trey opportunities.
Brent Hackett concluded his career as a Frog with his best performance as the TCU senior finished with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting - tying a career-high with six three-pointers - in 34 minutes of action.
Kevin Langford recorded his second-best scoring performance of the season as the TCU forward notched 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field - including 2-of-2 from behind the three-point arc. In addition, he added nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
Ryan Wall connected on 15 points for the second time in his final two games as the Coppell, Texas, native notched a 5-of-6 shooting performance with all five of his connections coming from behind the three-point arc.
As a team - the Frogs connected on 54.0 percent (27-of-50) of his field goal attempts to go along with 73.9 percent (17-of-23) of his three-point field goal tries and 89.5 percent (17-of-19) of their free throw attempts.
Wink Adams - who later would be named Mountain West Conference Tournament MVP - finished with one of the best games in his career following a 29-point performance on 10-of-15 shooting evening to go along with three assists in 38 minutes of court time.
Rene Rougeau aided the Runnin' Rebels with 17 points - including 7-of-7 shooting from the field - while Curtis Terry added 15 points, five assists and two steals in 40 minutes.
The Glass Cleaners
Time Well Spent
Langford ranked 16th in the Mountain West Conference in minutes played per game.
The Frogs had six other players average double-digits in minutes played in John Ortiz (19.8 MP-G), Alvardo Parker (19.1 MP-G), Neiman Owens (14.8 MP-G), Keion Mitchem (13.4 MP-G), Mike Scott (12.3 MP-G) and Ryan Wall (10.9 MP-G).
Frog Defense Standing Tall
The Purple and White forced opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers in 15 games during the 2007-08 campaign where the Frogs recorded an 11-4 mark in those games. The Frogs were 6-2 in games where opponents coughed up the ball 20 or more times and 1-1 in contests with 25 or more foe turnovers.
Frogs Closing in on 400th Victory at the DMC
The Frogs recorded 13 victories on their home floor during the 2007-08 campaign - including triumphs over NIT competitors San Diego State and New Mexico, College Basketball Invitational-participant Utah and Southland Conference Tournament champions and NCAA Tournament qualifiers UT Arlington in overtime.
Among the nine programs in the Mountain West Conference - the Frogs have produced the fifth-most victories with 399 triumphs. New Mexico leads the conference with 598 victories followed by Utah (489), Colorado State (429) and BYU (419).
Charity Stripe Levels on the Rise
Prior the beginning of conference action, the Frogs connected on 60.7 percent (187-of-308) of their free throw attempts - which ranked them last in the Mountain West Conference. After 16 games, the Frogs moved up two spots to seventh in the league in free throw percentage at 66.9 percent (396-of-592) on the season.
The Frogs connected on 66.7 percent (262-of-393) of their free throw attempts at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and 78.0 percent (103-of-132) of their charity stripe tries at the DMC during conference action.
The Purple and White connected on 15-of-15 of their free throw attempts against UNLV at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum - which tied a program record for free throw percentage in a single-game.
The Frogs also connected on 96.4 percent (27-of-28) of their free throw tries against Colorado State - which was the highest free throw shooting percentage in program history for any game where TCU attempted 22 or more shots from the charity stripe.
Always Be Ready to Play
Home-Grown Talent Pays Dividends for Horned Frogs
Hackett was the first player that former head men's basketball coach Neil Dougherty signed from the Dallas/Fort Worth Area following a standout career at Southwest High School in Fort Worth. During his career with the Frogs - Hackett became the 28th player in program history to record over 1,000 career points for the Purple and White.
Dougherty also had ties with Langford as his brother, Keith, was a recruited and coached by the former TCU head men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Langford transferred to TCU following one season at the University of California where he appeared in 26 games for the Golden Bears during the 2004-05 season.
A pair of All-Mountain West Conference players this season, Hackett and Langford ranked first and third on the Frogs in scoring average at 13.3 points and 11.6 points per game.
Ryan Wall finished his second season with the Frogs' program after spending a pair of seasons at the University of New Mexico. The TCU guard connected on the game-winning three-pointer to defeat the Lobos on Jan. 15th. Wall's shot was ranked fifth on SportsCenter's Plays of the Day on Wednesday (Jan. 16th).
TCU newcomer Luke Tauscher sat out the 2006-07 season due to an injury - but the 6-11 center averaged 1.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his 26 games on the floor for the Frogs.
The Woes of the Road
With a victory at Colorado State - the Frogs snapped their 12-game road losing streak, but have dropped 21 of their last 23 games. The road victory over the Rams was the second victory in Mountain West Conference action for the Frogs away from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as TCU defeated Utah in Salt Lake City during the 2006-07 campaign.
The Frogs battled strong on the road - but fell short in several games as their average loss was 10.8 points per game - including four games of setbacks of less than 10 points against SMU (6), Rice (5), Texas (8) and San Diego State (7).
The Purple and White only suffered setbacks of 15 or more points on the road in three games - all coming at the end of the season - against Air Force (21), UNLV (19) and New Mexico (16).
Frogs Add a Little Salter to Their Diet
Prior to his suspension - Salter collected 10 or more points in 20 of 24 games and recorded double-digit scoring performances in four of his last five games of the season. The TCU junior finished the 2007-08 campaign ranked 12th in the Mountain West Conference after averaging 13.3 points per game.
The TCU junior finished the season ranked fifth among all NCAA Division I players in three-point field goal percentage as he connected on 47.7 percent (62-of-130) and 95th in three-point field goals made per game (2.58 3FGM-G).
Salter showcased his scoring talents at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum where he averaged 14.4 points per game and notched a double-digit scoring performance in 11 of 13 home games during the 2007-08 campaign. On the road - the TCU guard was at his best in three-point shooting as he connected on 49.1 percent (28-of-57) of his attempts.
The former NJCAA All-American finished the 2007-08 campaign ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goals made per game with an average of 2.58 treys per contest and second in three-point field goal percentage (47.7%). He connected on 46.6 percent (27-of-58) of his trey attempts against conference competition.
The "Langford" Road Home
The TCU forward was selected as a third team All-Mountain West Conference performer during the 2007-08 campaign after earning honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference laurels last season. Langford was selected as a pre-season All-Mountain West Conference second team performer prior to the 2007-08 season.
Langford was selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on December 24th after averaging 24.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in a pair of victories for the Frogs. The Frogs' forward scored a career-high 31 points against Prairie View A&M on December 22nd and became the first player since Junior Blunt during the 2001-02 season to score 30 or more points in a game.
The Fort Worth native notched a double-digit scoring performance in 24 of 30 games this past season - including a Mountain West Conference-high 22 consecutive games that was snapped against the University of New Mexico on February 16th.
Langford finished his junior campaign ranked seventh in the Mountain West Conference in offensive rebounds per game (2.03 R-G), eighth in free throw percentage (72.8%), 10th in rebounds per game (5.3 R-G) and 11th in scoring average (13.3 P-G).
The TCU forward has earned a spot in the Frogs starting lineup in all 60 games that he has suited up for the Purple and White. During those 60 games - he has scored 10 or more points in 46 games (24 - Junior / 22 - Sophomore).
Langford earned his bachelor's degree from TCU in December of 2007 with a major in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.
The Hackett Man
An honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference selection during the 2007-08 campaign - Hackett saved the best game of his career for UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament where he scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting - including a career-high six three-pointers. He finished with three assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action.
In the Frogs' 89-88 setback to Runnin' Rebels - Hackett connected on his sixth three-pointer of the game with 30.4 seconds remaining to give TCU an 88-86 lead over the second-seeded UNLV. Following a three-point play by UNLV guard Wink Adams - Hackett drove the lenghth of the court in 3.4 seconds and barely missed a jumper at the buzzer that would've given the Frogs the last-second triumph.
Hackett concluded his career with the Frogs ranked 18th in the all-time record books in scoring as he finished with 1,103 career points. He also finished fifth in career three-point field goal attempts (574) and three-point field goals made (190) and sixth in steals (125).
During his career with the Frogs - Hackett appeared in 122 career games and earned a spot in the starting lineup on 87 occasions - missing only four starts in his last three seasons with TCU (two of which occurred on Senior Night for the Purple and White).
A two-time honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference performer - Hackett has been one of the top scoring threats for the Frogs as he collected 10 or more points in 54 career games - 18 (Senior) / 18 (Junior) / 18 (Sophomore).
Welcome to the Parker's
Parker concluded his career ranked third in TCU program history in blocked shots per game average at 1.53 swats per evening and fifth in total blocked shots (92). He recorded at least one blocked shot in 45 of 30 career games with the Purple and White and notched at least one swat in 20 of 30 games for the Frogs during his senior campaign.
In the Mountain West Conference - Parker ranked sixth in blocked shots per game (1.03 B-G), 10th in offensive rebounds per game (1.93 R-G) and 20th in rebounds per game (4.6 R-G). The TCU senior recorded his second career double-double against Rice on November 13th where he notched 10 points along with 11 rebounds in that game.
Parker finished the season with six scoring performances of 10 or more points - including a season-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the Frogs' first game of the season against Angelo State (Nov. 10th). Known for his forceful dunking ability - Parker notched 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the Frogs' victory over Utah on February 27th where several members of his family and ambassadors of Turks & Caicos in attendance.
This was the fourth season of organized basketball that Parker has played as he spent two seasons at Frank Phillips Junior College prior to his career at TCU.
Frogs Strong on the Glass
At one point during the 2007-08 season - the Frogs were ranked as high as fourth in the nation in rebounds per game - but struggled grabbing boards on the road where they averaged 32.2 rebounds per game compared to 38.1 boards per game at home.
The Frogs recorded the highest rebound tally among all Mountain West Conference programs with a 59-board performance against Rice on November 13th.
The Frogs recorded a 3-0 mark when grabbing 50 or more rebounds in a game and 8-0 when notching 40 or more boards in a contest. However - the Frogs were only 6-16 when finishing with 39 or less rebounds during the 2007-08 campaign.
The Frogs recorded their 10th consecutive season of finishing positive in rebounding margin as the Purple and White held a 1,071 to 1,054 advantage over their opponents.
It's All About the Ebie, Baby!
Ebie became one of the best steal artists in the Mountain West Conference as he finished the season ranked 78th among all NCAA Division I players in steals per game with a 1.83 picks per game average. For the majority of 2007-08 campaign - the TCU point guard ranked at the top of the Mountain West Conference standings in steals per game and finished the season listed third with a 1.83 steals per game average.
The Frogs' point guard produced two or more steals in 15 of 30 games and notched at least one steal in 26 games - including a Mountain West Conference-high 24 consecutive games that was snapped at UNLV on March 1st. Ebie nearly found himself in the Frogs' top-10 season marks as he finished ranked 11th in both steals per game (1.83 S-G) and total steals (55).
Ebie set career-highs in 20 statistical categories during his sophomore campaign and finished the season averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Ranking first on the Purple and White in both steals and assists - Ebie also notched a strong scoring streak as he finished with three games of 10 or more points this past season.
Standing "O" for Ortiz
The TCU newcomer concluded the 2007-08 campaign ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference in offensive rebounds per game (2.07 R-G) and 14th in rebounds per game (5.1 R-G). Ortiz notched five or more rebounds in 16 of 29 games and collected a pair of double-digit rebounding performances against Wyoming and UNLV.
Ortiz collected five double-digit scoring performances this past season for the Frogs - including a career-high 13 points at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in TCU's 74-72 last-second victory over New Mexico. He notched 10 or more points in three conference games against New Mexico (13), BYU (12) and Colorado State (10).
The Colombian native collected a memorable first collegiate start for the Frogs as he collected 11 rebounds to go along with four points against the University of Wyoming at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on January 12th.
The Frogs' point guard scored a career-high 11 points on two occasions against SMU and Jackson State during his rookie season while notching eight games of five or more points. Scott finished the season ranked second on the squad in assists - dishing out two or more assists in 17 of 29 games - while listing fourth in steals.
Though he was only a freshman - the Philadelphia native was the sixth-oldest member of the Frogs' squad at 21-years-old. Following his high school career - Scott spent two seasons at Franklin Learning Center.
Neon Keion in Primetime
Mitchem earned his first collegiate start against the Air Force Academy on February 2nd where he finished with 10 points - including a trio of three-pointers. He also recorded a career-high in scoring against the Falcons at Clune Arena on March 5th with a 15-point scoring performance - including five three-pointers - in a career-high 28 minutes of action.
The Rochester, N.Y., native enjoyed a stellar sophomore campaign where he set career-highs in 17 season statistical categories and made his mark in the lineup as he appeared in 10 or more minutes in 11 of the final 12 games of the season for the Frogs.
Never Shy Away from the National Spotlight
The Frogs recorded four victories over nationally-ranked foes during Dougherty's tenure at the helm with their last victory coming against 14th-ranked Air Force where TCU notched a 71-66 victory at the Daniel-Meyer Colisuem in February of 2007 - which snapped a six-game losing skid against nationally-ranked opponents.
The Frogs are 12-91 (.117) all-time against nationally-ranked teams - but have dropped 17 of their last 19 games against teams ranked in the top-25. The Frogs haven't had much success against ranked teams on the road as they dropped 48 of their last 49 contests with their lone victory coming against Hawaii (83-79) on January 19, 1998.
The TCU senior appeared in more game than any other player on the Frogs' roster and appeared in his 105th consecutive game against UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on March 13, 2008. Owens appeared in more games than any other player during on the Frogs' roster during the six-year tenure of Dougherty.
Owens scored his 400th career point against UT Arlington in the Purple and White's 77-74 overtime victory over the Mavericks at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on December 17, 2007. The Channelview, Texas, native concluded his career with the Frogs with 445 total points - averaging 3.6 points per game for the Purple and White.
The TCU senior collected at least two rebounds in 22 of 30 games during the 2007-08 campaign with a season-high seven caroms coming against Jackson State at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on December 27, 2007. Owens recorded his first and only double-double of his collegiate career against Mountain West Conference-opponent Colorado State following a 14-point, 11-rebound performance in 25 minutes of action during his junior campaign.
Wall appeared in all 60 games for the Frogs during the junior and senior seasons - including a trip to the starting lineup on five occasions. The Coppell, Texas, native earned his first trip to the starting lineup against the University of Utah on February 27, 2008 at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and started in each of the last five games of the 2007-08 season.
The TCU senior scored a season-high 15 points in each of his final two games - including eight three-pointers during that stretch. On Senior Night - Wall finished with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting - including a trio of three-pointers - against BYU then followed up that performance with a 15-point evening - including five three-pointers - in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament against the second-seeded Runnin' Rebels of UNLV.
Wall connected on the game-winning three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Purple and White a 74-72 victory over the University of New Mexico on January 15th at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Wall's shot was highlighted on SportsCenter's Top-10 Plays of the Day as it registered as the Number-Five Play of the Day.
Cool Hand Luke
The TCU freshman recorded his first career double-digit rebounding performance against Rice where he grabbed 12 boards and also notched a pair of eight-rebound affairs against Mountain West Conference-foes Colorado State and Utah. Tauscher ranked sixth among all freshmen in the Mountain West Conference with a 3.1 boards per game average.
Morones Making Most of Opportunities
The Frogs' point guard is the son of former TCU assistant coach, Sean Woods - who was a standout at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the "Unforgettables" on the 1992 team that fell 104-103 to Duke in the NCAA Elite Eight in what is considered the greatest basketball game of all-time.
Close Encounters of the Trey Kind
Prior to that failed connection against LIU-Brooklyn - the Frogs recorded a three-pointer in 217 straight games dating back to the 1989-90 season when the University of Texas stopped TCU from behind the arc on February 11, 1990.
Home Sweet Home
Over the past decade, the Frogs have recorded a 139-60 (.702) overall record at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and have won at least 10 games at home in seven of the last 10 campaigns.
The Purple and White recorded 13 victories at home this season - which marked the seventh time in the 46-year history of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum that the Frogs have notched 13 or more wins in a season.
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