Nov. 6, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program opens its 103rd season on the hardwood Friday night when it takes on crosstown foe SMU at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) calling the action live.
Fans not able to attend the contest against the Mustangs can follow it live on FrogVision. The radio broadcast is available by going to the men's basketball schedule and clicking on the listen live icon located on the right side of the page. Friday night's game will also be broadcast nationally on Westwood One with Brad Sham and Bill Frieder set to call the game in Dallas.
SMU comes into Friday night's tilt returning all five starters off of its 2012-13 squad that finished with a 15-17 overall record. Returning starters include Cannen Cunningham, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Nick Russell and Shawn Williams. They are joined by a trio of transfers in Nic Moore (Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (Villanova) and Crandall Head (Illinois). Finally, the Mustangs added McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier to the program after a prestigious high school career.
A Quick Note About The Series
SMU ranks as the most-played rival in TCU's program history, as Friday's match-up marks the 189th time the two teams have met on the hardwood. Former conference rivals in both the Southwest Conference (1923-96) and WAC (1996-2001), the two squads have played each other at least once in all but one season since 1921 (2003-04).
SMU owns a 103-85 lead in the all-time series after posting a victory last season in Fort Worth, 64-61. Despite the loss, TCU has owned an edge in the series since the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996, taking 15 of the last 22 meetings. The Horned Frogs' last win in Dallas came in a 60-53 victory in 2009.
Did You Know
Friday night's game against SMU will mark only the fourth time since 2000 that the Horned Frogs will open their season at a neutral site. In the previous three contests, the Purple and White are 2-1 overall with victories over Northwestern State and Western Michigan.
TCU is 66-36 all-time in season-openers and has won 12 of its last 13, including seven-straight heading into Friday night. The last time the Frogs lost a season-opener came in a 68-59 setback to Tarleton State at the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational in 2005.
Freshmen Starting Off
In TCU's 81-74 exhibition victory over Arkansas- Fort Smith, the Horned Frogs freshmen quartet of Karviar Shepherd (16), Michael Williams (6), Brandon Parrish (10) and Hudson Price (9) combined to score 41 of TCU's 81 points. The foursome also combined to crash the boards, grabbing almost 60 percent of the Horned Frogs' rebounds against the Lions.
A year ago, senior Jarvis Ray emerged as a starter at guard for TCU before suffering a season-ending injury prior to the start of the Big 12 schedule. Overall, Ray appeared in 10 of the opening 11 games with nine starts prior to seeing his season end. In his first action back since last December, Ray scored a game-high 18 points in TCU's exhibition, while grabbing eight boards.
Coaching Tree Success
Head Coach Trent Johnson enters the 2013-14 season with the fifth-longest active coaching tree in the nation with five of his former assistants holding down Division I head coaching posts: David Carter (Nevada), Mark Fox (Georgia), Eric Reveno (Portland), Keith Richard (Louisiana-Monroe) and Nick Robinson (Southern Utah). In all, Johnson has sent six former assistants to head coaching jobs, which includes Josh Newman of Arkansas-Fort Smith who the Frogs defeated in their lone exhibition, 81-74.
A Glance Back
TCU won 11 games during the 2012-13 campaign, which included two conference victories and a 9-5 mark in non-conference play. TCU finished third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring defense, holding opponents to a 62.2 average for the year. The Frogs also wrapped-up play second overall in holding opponents to an average of 32.9 boards a game. TCU defeated a pair of league opponents at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Kansas and Oklahoma a year ago. The win over the No. 5 Jayhawks marked the highest opponent ever defeated in school history.
Building Upon Success
TCU defeated NCAA tournament foes Kansas and Oklahoma in conference play a year ago. The Jayhawks made it to the Elite Eight, while Oklahoma fell in the NCAA Second Round.
By defeating two NCAA tournament teams, the Frogs downed as many as Wichita State, which found itself in the Final Four a year ago.
In all, TCU posted victories over four eventual postseason qualifiers.
TCU experienced a fast start to the 2012-13 season with a 9-4 mark in non-conference play. The Horned Frogs' .692 final non-conference winning percentage marked its best figure since going 10-4 (.714) in 2004-05. TCU went 7-2 in non-conference at home with the squad's losses coming by a combined nine points to SMU and Houston. TCU has finished with a winning non-conference record each season since 2005-06.
Anderson Ready To Go
Kyan Anderson will look to build upon one of the most successful sophomore campaigns in school history after leading the Frogs in scoring and assists a year ago.
In regular-season games, Anderson has scored in double figures in nine-straight games, the best by a Frog since Zvonko Buljan went 11 straight in 2009-10. The last time Anderson didn't score in double figures in a regular-season contest came on Feb. 6, 2013 against Kansas. The junior scored eight points for TCU against the Jayhawks.
Anderson also has six 20-point efforts in his career. He became the first Frog with three such outings in a row since Corey Santee (2002-03) during a three-game run Nov. 24 through Dec. 4 in 2012-13.
TCU will return home Tuesday, Nov. 11 to take on Longwood at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and will be shown on FOX Sports Southwest +.