Nov. 11, 2012
FORT WORTH--TCU returns to the court Monday when it renews a longtime series with Centenary College in a 5 p.m. matchup at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.
The Horned Frogs return to their home floor three days after taking a 53-46 victory in the season opener Friday vs. Cal Poly. The contest marked the first game in the TCU career of head coach Trent Johnson, making him the sixth straight head coach to open his Frog tenure with a victory.
TCU looks to run its record to 2-0 for the fourth consecutive year with the second game of its season-opening five-game homestand. The foe will be Centenary, a former member of the NCAA Division I Summit League that is now in its second season playing in Division III. The Frogs and Gents have met 19 times an all-time series that dates back to 1926.
TCU is offering a special ticket promotion Monday to all active military and veterans featuring admission for the group ticket rate of $8. Tickets must be purchased at the DMC Ticket Office.
Monday's contest will be televised by FOX Sports Southwest (DirecTV 676; Dish 437) with the veteran Frog radio tandem of Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) calling the action on TV. Veteran broadcaster Jeff Williams (pxp) and former Horned Frog Herb Stephens (analyst) will fill in on the TCU-IMG Sports Network radio broadcast, which will air live in Metroplex on both 1460 AM KCLE and 88.7 FM KTCU.
Live stats will be available for free via GameTracker at GoFrogs.com, while the radio broadcast is also available online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU will try to run its record to 2-0 for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in the last seven years.
* A TCU victory would make Trent Johnson the first coach to start his Frog career 2-0 since Billy Tubbs, who won his first three games in 1994.
* TCU is 15-3 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.
* Kyan Anderson has made 16 shots from 3-point range over the last eight games dating back to last season and is shooting 48.5% (16-of-33) over that stretch.
* TCU returns nine letterwinners from last year's team and four players with at least 10 starts.
* TCU returns players who accounted for 54.7% of its scoring, 51.2% of rebounding and 50.8% of assists last year.
* Garlon Green is TCU's active career leader in points (839), rebounds (347), steals (43), 3-pointers (95), games played (98) and starts (53).
* TCU is in its first season as a member of the Big 12. The Frogs have played in four leagues previously: Southwest Conference (1923-1996), WAC (1996-2001), Conference USA (2001-05) and Mountain West (2005-2012).
* Ten of the 15 players on this year's roster are Texas natives, the highest figure for the squad since 2005-06, when 13 of 16 players were from the Lone Star State. Five players hail from the DFW Metroplex.
Centenary College, led by third-year head coach Adam Walsh, is an NCAA Division III member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Prior to last season, the Gents played in the Summit League as a Division I program. The squad posted an 11-11 overall record in 2011-12 and finished 10-11 in the American Southwest Conference.
Centenary returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last season's squad, including junior guard Jonathan Blount, who finished second on the team in scoring (16.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (3.8 rpg). Fellow junior guard Jairus Browning, last year's team leader in assists (2.6 apg), also returns.
As a team, Centenary averaged scoring 74.1 ppg a season ago. The squad shot nearly 150 more free throws than its opponents on the season and went 72.8% from the line.
THE SERIES: TCU VS. CENTENARY
TCU and Centenary will renew a longtime series that stretches back to 1926 and has seen the two times meet 19 previous times. The Frogs own an 11-8 overall record with wins in seven of the last eight meetings. TCU is 8-4 vs. the Gents in Fort Worth, including a 72-66 victory in the two teams' last meeting on Nov. 11, 2006.
LAST TIME OUT: TCU 53, CAL POLY 46
TCU's new era in men's basketball started just as planned Friday, with the Horned Frogs giving Trent Johnson a victory in his first game on campus, 53-46, over Cal Poly at the DMC.
Amric Fields led a group of three Frogs who reached double figures in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Fields totaled 10 points in the first half, half of his squad's scoring total during the frame, to keep TCU in the game as it struggled to find offense early.
Kyan Anderson scored 13 points, all in the second half, and went 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He helped ice the win with a huge transition 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining that pushed the squad's lead to six points after it had been cut to just one merely a minute earlier.
Also reaching double digits for TCU was Garlon Green, who totaled 10 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Green played 32 minutes after earning his 53rd career start, the most among active Frogs.
TCU-CAL POLY POSTGAME NOTES
* TCU won its seventh straight season opener and its 12th in the last 13 years. The squad is now 66-36 in openers.
* TCU's 53 points marked its fewest in a victory since a 53-52 win over Tulane on Dec. 9, 2006.
* Trent Johnson became the sixth straight TCU head coach to win his first game directing the program. TCU is now 14-7 all-time in debut games for a new head coach.
* Fields led the Frogs with his 27th career double-figure scoring effort.
* Green scored in double figures for the third straight game dating back to last season, TCU's longest current streak.
* Anderson's three treys matched a career high.
* Two players made their TCU debuts: Devonta Abron and Clyde Smith III.
The Last Meeting
November 11, 2006
Fort Worth, Texas