Sophomore forward Devonta Abron faces his hometown SMU Mustangs on Thursday.
Nov. 14, 2012
FORT WORTH--TCU continues its season-opening homestand Thursday when it plays host to longtime Metroplex rival SMU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest, set to tip off at 7 p.m., will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.
The Horned Frogs will face the Mustangs in the middle contest of a five-game homestand looking to improve to 3-0 for the second straight year. TCU opened its season with victories over Cal Poly and Centenary in the last week.
SMU ranks as the most-played rival in TCU's program history, as Monday's matchup marks the 188th 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).
Thursday'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 3-0 for the second straight season and the fourth time in the last seven years.
*A TCU victory would help Trent Johnson match the best start by a first-year head coach in TCU history at 3-0 (Billy Tubbs-1924; Moe Iba-1987, Matty Bell-1923).
*TCU is 16-3 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.
*TCU is 12-2 in its last 14 games against teams from the state of Texas. The squad went 6-1 in 2011-12.
*Garlon Green is scheduled to make his 100th career appearance for TCU when the Frogs face SMU.
*Green is TCU's active leader in points (843), rebounds (351), steals (44), 3-pointers (95), games played (99) and starts (54).
*Kyan Anderson has made 18 shots from 3-point range over the last nine games dating back to last season and is shooting 50.0% (18-of-36) 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.
*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.
SMU is in its first season under the watch of veteran head coach Larry Brown, who is coaching in the college ranks for the first time since 1988, when he led Kansas to the NCAA Championship. Brown inherited a roster that returns seven lettermen and three starters from last season's team that finished 13-19 overall and 11th place in Conference USA with a 4-12 league mark.
Senior guard London Giles is the team's top returning player in terms of scoring (10.0 ppg), while junior forward Shawn Williams is the squad's top returning rebounder (4.0 rpg). Along with sophomore guard Jalen Jones, who made 18 starts, the group leads one of the nation's most inexperienced rosters. The Mustangs' 11 eligible players average only 1.0 years of playing experience, which was tied for the sixth-fewest in the country entering the season.
The Mustangs won Brown's SMU debut Sunday, dispatching Loyola Marymount by a 73-58 count in Dallas. Junior guard Nick Russell, a transfer from Kansas State, led the squad with 19 points. Jones recorded a double-double with 11 points and rebounds each.
THE SERIES: TCU VS. SMU
SMU owns a 102-85 lead in the all-time series after posting a victory in the teams' last meeting back on Feb. 8 in Dallas, 68-62. 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 21 meetings. The Frogs have posted a 53-38 advantage all-time in games played in Fort Worth, including 10 wins in the last 12 contests. The teams have played at least once in all but one season since 1921 (2003-04).
TCU vs. SMU - Last 10 Meetings
Date- W/L- Score- Site
Dec. 18, 2001 - W - 74-62 - Fort Worth
Nov. 24, 2002 - L - 84-87 (OT) - Dallas
Dec. 12, 2004 - W - 65-51 - Fort Worth
Dec. 30, 2005 - L - 49-52 - Dallas
Dec. 21, 2006 - L - 62-64 - Fort Worth
Dec. 5, 2007 - L - 65-71 - Dallas
Nov. 26, 2008 - W - 62-44 - Fort Worth
Dec. 2, 2009 - W - 60-53 - Dallas
Nov. 16, 2010 - W - 84-64 - Fort Worth
Feb. 8, 2012 - L - 62-68 - Dallas
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU VS. SMU
TCU was unable to hold on to a one-point lead with less than two minutes to play, falling to crosstown rival SMU, 68-62, on Feb. 8, 2012 at Moody Coliseum.
SMU's London Giles hit a 3-pointer with 1:44 remaining to put the Mustangs ahead for good after Amric Fields gave the Frogs a slim one-point edge with a pair of free throws on the previous possession. J.R. Cadot was able to cut the lead to one with 35 seconds remaining by hitting the front end of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity, but a lane violation on the second attempt kept TCU from tying the game.
Cadot paced TCU on the night, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Three other Frogs scored in double figures including Fields and Garlon Green, who chipped in 12 points each, and Hank Thorns, who totaled 11.
Four Mustangs reached double figures, including Robert Nyakunki, who scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 3-for-8 from beyond the arc. Giles totaled 14 points. SMU combined to sink 11-of-24 attempts from 3-point range, the second-most treys made against the Frogs last season.
LAST TIME OUT: TCU 75, CENTENARY 47
Four Horned Frogs scored in double figures to help TCU run its season record to 2-0 Monday with a 75-47 home victory over Centenary. The Frogs dominated inside during the win, posting big advantages on the boards and scoring in the paint.
It was a good night for a pair of second-year senior forwards, as Adrick McKinney and Connell Crossland both reached personal bests in the scoring column to lead TCU's offensive attack. McKinney equaled his previous career best with 16 points in just 14 minutes of action, while Crossland posted his first career double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. The two players combined to shoot 12-of 17 from the floor, helping TCU post a 56.4% rate for the evening.
The Frogs opened up a 16-point advantage by halftime and never looked back, building a lead as large as 31 points late in the contest. The game was a tight affair in the first 10 minutes before TCU went on a 14-1 run to take control.
TCU added another impressive run midway through the second half to put the game out of reach, scoring 12 straight points over a 3:45 stretch. McKinney opened the spurt with seven straight points, while Jarvis Ray put an exclamation point on the run, and TCU's performance, with a layup that pushed the Frog lead to 58-31.
TCU-CENTENARY POSTGAME NOTES
*TCU improved to 2-0 for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in seven years.
*Trent Johnson became the first Frog head coach to win his first two games at TCU since Billy Tubbs opened up with three consecutive victories in 1994.
*TCU won for the 16th time in its last 19 home games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
*TCU shot 56.4% from the field, its highest single-game mark since posting a rate of 59.1 percent in last season's home win over Austin College (Nov. 14, 2011).
*TCU posted a 41-26 advantage in the rebounding column.
*Adrick McKinney matched his scoring high with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He reached double figures for the first time since a Jan. 18, 2012 matchup at UNLV, a stretch of 18 games.
*Crossland reached double digits in boards for the second time in his career.
*Jarvis Ray finished just one point shy of his career scoring best with 11 points.
*Two Frogs made their season debuts in Chris Zurcher and Charles Hill Jr. Hill's appearance marked his first appearance ever as a Frog.