Aug. 3, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – When TCU’s men’s basketball team tours Australia, Aug. 5-16, the Horned Frogs will play five games while saving plenty of time to see the sights “Down Under.”
In a joint 12-day tour of Australia with the TCU women’s basketball team, the Horned Frogs will play two games in Sydney and three games in Melbourne. Besides basketball, TCU’s sightseeing will include Manly Beach, Circular Quay, the Sydney Opra House, the Melbourne Zoo, Queen Victoria Market, Eureka Skydeck 88 and an Australia football game.
Savannah Pride | Aug. 8 | 8 PM AES/5 AM CST | Kevin Betts Stadium
The Horned Frogs will play its first game in Sydney against the Savannah Pride, a team based out of Western Sydney that according to its website, “aims to inspire Australian youth through sports and education.” The website also states that it will be the first time ever for a major Division I American college team to play against a South Sudanese Australian founded club in Australia. The game will take place in Blacktown Western Sydney, where a majority of the South Sudanese Australian community resides.
COE | Aug. 10 | 8 PM AES/5 AM CST | Minto Indoor Sports Centre
TCU’s second game in Sydney is against the Australian Institute of Sport’s Centre of Excellence (COE). Highly regarded draft picks Dante Exum and Ben Simmons both spent time at the AIS, while NBA champions Patrick Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut and Aron Baynes were all graduates of the institute's basketball program.
Melbourne All-Stars | Aug. 12 | 5:30 PM AES/2:30 AM CST | Dandenong Basketball Stadium
TCU’s first game in Melbourne is against the Melbourne All-Stars. The Frogs’ opponent is made up of some of the best professional players in Melbourne.
Longhorns | Aug. 13 | 2 PM AES/11 PM CST | Dandenong Basketball Stadium
In its second game in as a many days, the Horned Frogs will face the Longhorns, a basketball club located in northwest Melbourne. The Longhorns have placed many quality players in American colleges including Mangok Mathiang at Louisville.
Knox Raiders | Aug. 15 | 8 PM AES/5 AM CST | State Basketball Centre
TCU’s final game of the trip will be against the Knox Raiders. The Raiders are members of Knox Basketball Incorporated (KBI), located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and one of the largest basketball associations in Australia. The Raider teams represent Knox in elite competitions.
Playing by their Rules
TCU will play under the rules set by the International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as FIBA. The games will consist of four 10-minute periods with the shot clock set at 24 seconds. Other major differences between FIBA and the NCAA include having only eight seconds to advance the ball out of the back court, timeouts are only called by the head coach and the ball can be touched on or above the cylinder.
Follow the Frogs
The primary way to stay up-do-date with the Frogs “Down Under” is to follow the team on Twitter (@TCUBasketball) and the team’s “Australia Central” website, www.GoFrogs.com/FrogsDownUnder. The team will also be active on Snapchat at “TCUAthletics.” For game action, any livestats or live streaming links will be tweeted out @TCUBasketball and a recap of each game can be found on GoFrogs.com. Follow the action by searching the hashtag, #FrogsDownUnder on Twitter.
||Depart Fort Worth for Sydney
||Arrive in Sydney
Bondi Beach, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and Darling Harbour
||Sydney Opera House
Game vs. Savannah Pride (8 PM AES/5 AM CST)
||Manly Beach and Circular Quay
||Amazing Race Sydney
Game vs. COE (8 PM AES/5 AM CST)
||Depart Sydney for Melbourne
Australian Football Game
||Game vs. Melbourne All-Stars (5:30 PM AES/2:30 AM CST)
Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail)
||Game vs. Longhorns (2 PM AES/11 PM CST (Aug. 12))
||Sightseeing in Melbourne – Queen Victoria Market and Eureka Skydeck 88
||Game vs. Knox Raiders (8 PM AES/5 AM CST)
||Depart Melbourne for Fort Worth