TCU Hosts Panthers in South Padre Invite Opener

Junior guard Jarvis Ray has opened the season strong for TCU.

Junior guard Jarvis Ray has opened the season strong for TCU.

Nov. 17, 2012

GAME #4: TCU (2-1) vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (2-2)

Date & Time:Nov. 18, 2012 • 3 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Tickets:(817) 257-FROG, GoFrogs.com
Television:FOX Sports Southwest
TV Talent:Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst)
Radio:TCU-IMG Sports Network (1460 AM; 88.7 FM)
Radio Talent:Jeff Williams (play-by-play)
Herb Stephens (analyst)
Internet:GoFrogs.com (GameTracker , Audio )
Series:TCU leads, 2-0
Last Meeting:Dec. 1, 2010 in Fort Worth (W, 78-61)
Game Notes: TCU | PVAMU

FORT WORTH - TCU opens its four-game stint in the 2012 South Padre Island Invitational at home on Sunday at 3 p.m., when it plays host to Prairie View A&M at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.

Both of the Horned Frogs' first two games of the South Padre Island tournament will be held at the DMC, Sunday against the Panthers and Tuesday vs. Navy. The squad will then travel to South Parde Island, Texas, for post-Thanksgiving matchups against Northwestern (Nov. 23) and either Illinois State or UAB (Nov. 24).

TCU looks to rebound from its first setback of the year suffered Thursday to SMU, 64-61. Even bigger than the outcome was the loss of star Frog forward Amric Fields to a knee injury in the opening seconds of the contest. TCU hopes to regroup against Prairie View A&M, as the Frogs are unbeaten in two previous matchups against the Panthers all-time.

Sunday'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 is 25-1 all-time in games against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and has won each of the last 24 matchups.

*TCU has outshot each of its three opponents to date while also winning the turnover battle each time out.

*Six of the 12 Frogs who have seen action this season are shooting at least 50% from the floor overall.

*Jarvis Ray has reached double figures in points in back-to-back games, including a career-high 14 points vs. SMU. He had scored 10 points or more just one time in his career prior to the current stretch.

*Nate Butler Lind also is coming off a career-high night, as his 10 points vs. SMU matched his top previous effort.

*Garlon Green recorded his fourth career 20-point performance with 20 vs. SMU.

*Green is TCU's active leader in points (863), rebounds (360), steals (44), 3-pointers (95), games played (100) and starts (55).

*TCU returns nine letterwinners from last year's team and four players with at least 10 starts. The letterwinners 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.


SCOUTING PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Prairie View A&M enters today's matchup with a 2-2 record on the season following a Thursday night loss at Texas A&M (81-59). The squad has faced one Big 12 opponent prior to today's game, dropping an 89-79 decision at Texas Tech in the season opener. The Panthers' two victories have come at home against Schreiner (80-51) and Arlington Baptist (91-38).

Seventh-year head coach Byron Rimm II leads a team that was picked as this year's preseason favorite in the Southwest Athletic Conference. PVAMU features two players averaging double figures in points early this season in senior guard Jordan DeMuynck (12.7 ppg) and junior forward Josh Eleby (10.0 pp). DeMuynck also is the team's leading rebounder (5.7 rpg) and is averaging 3.0 steals in three games. Senior guard Carl Blair has dished out 21 assists in four contests.

As a team, the Panthers own a scoring average of 77.2 points and shoot 45.5% from the floor. Defensive has been key for the team, as it has limited opponents to only 35.8% shooting while recording 12.3 steals per game on the season.


THE SERIES: TCU VS. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
TCU owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series against Prairie View A&M, winning both previous matchups in Fort Worth. The teams last met two years ago at the DMC (Dec. 1, 2010), with the Frogs posting a 78-61 victory. The only other contest between the two programs resulted in a 84-59 TCU win back on Dec. 28, 1989.


LAST TIME WE MET: TCU VS. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
J.R. Cadot led TCU with then-career highs of 15 points and nine rebounds, and the Frogs remained perfect at the DMC with a 78-61 victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 1, 2010. TCU improved to 6-2 overall with the win.
 
The Frogs shook off what little fatigue may have set in prior to its third game in five days, putting together a sharp offensive performance. Cadot led a balanced TCU attack featuring four players in double figures. He went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field to run his streak of consecutive shots made to 14.

Cadot's strong shooting was typical of TCU's offensive performance at home. The squad shot 51.7%, the fourth time in five games the squad surpassed the 50% mark.
 
Three other players scored 12 points each, including Hank Thorns, who led the team with 10 in the opening half. Ronnie Moss and Garlon Green both added 12 points. The trio of Thorns, Moss and Green combined to go 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, including a 3-of-4 showing by Moss. Moss also totaled a team-high eight assists.


LAST TIME OUT: SMU 64, TCU 61
TCU's attempt at a late rally fell short, as SMU slipped out of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 64-61 victory over the Horned Frogs on Thursday. Garlon Green scored 20 points to lead the Frogs after the squad lost Amric Fields to injury early.
 
TCU trailed for the entire game and by as many as 11 points midway through the second half before making a run at SMU. The squad posted a 13-5 spurt thanks in part to three Green field goals to cut the deficit to only three points, 54-51, with 4:27 remaining. The Mustangs stayed in front by turning up their defensive effort and held the Frogs to only three buckets the rest of the way.
 
The Frogs did have one last opportunity, getting the ball back with under seven seconds remaining following four straight missed SMU free throws. But Kyan Anderson's last-second desperation 3-point shot to tie the game was blocked by Ryan Manuel just prior to the final buzzer.
 
TCU found itself shorthanded Thursday against the Mustangs, losing its standout forward Fields to an apparent knee injury just seconds into the contest. Green helped pick up the slack, recording his fourth career 20-point performance and pulling down a season-high nine rebounds. Jarvis Ray added a career-best 14 points and drew three big charge calls, while Nate Butler Lind matched a career high with 10 points.


TCU-SMU POSTGAME NOTES
*Green led TCU in scoring for the ninth time in his career and the first time this season with 20 points. It marked his fourth career 20-point effort.

*Ray set a new career scoring high with 14 points, topping the previous best of 12 points he scored in last season's home win over Austin College (Nov. 11).

*Ray reached double digits in scoring for the second consecutive game. He had broken the 10-point barrier only once in his career prior to this season.

*Butler Lind matched his career scoring high previously set in last season's home CBI Tournament win over Milwaukee (March 13) with 10 points.

*Kyan Anderson tied a career high with eight assists. He previously reached the mark in last season's home win over Colorado State (Feb. 11, 2012).


GREEN LEADS SENIOR CLASS
TCU features a four-man senior class led by guard/forward Garlon Green, the undisputed veteran of the group.

*Green leads TCU so far this season in scoring average (11.3 ppg), rebounding (6.7 rpg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

*Green is the only player on the team who has spent more than two years on the roster.

*Green is TCU's active leader in points (863), rebounds (360), steals (44), 3-pointers (95), games played (100) and starts (55).

*Green has been the team's leading returning scorer each of the last two seasons. He led the 2010-11 squad with an 11.2-point average, while his 9.9-point average last season trailed only graduated seniors Hank Thorns (13.5 ppg) and J.R. Cadot (11.4 ppg).

*Green needs only 137 points to become the 31st member of TCU's 1,000-point club.


A NEW AND IMPROVED JARVIS
Jarvis Ray appears to be experiencing a breakout season for the Frogs in his third season with the program. He returned to the lineup this fall after sitting out the second half of last season.

*Ray ranks second on the team in scoring average (10.7 ppg), is tied for No. 2 in assists (2.3 apg) and No. 3 in shooting percentage (56.5%).

*Ray's 32 total points are only 30 shy of the total he had scored for his entire career entering this season (62 points).

*Ray has reached double figures in points in back-to-back games, including a career-high 14 points vs. SMU. He had scored 10 points or more just one time in his career prior to the current stretch.

*It hasn't just been Ray's offensive efforts that have helped TCU this season. He also leads the squad having drawn four opponent charge fouls, double that of an other Frog.


MCKINNEY STEPPING UP DOWN LOW
Like Ray, Adrick McKinney looks virtually like an entirely different player on the offensive end of the court early on this season for TCU.

*McKinney leads TCU in shooting rate (68.8%), is tied for No. 3 in rebounding (3.7 rpg) and is No. 4 in scoring (8.3 ppg).

*McKinney led TCU with 16 points, one shy of his career, high, during the Nov. 12 win over Centenary.

*While McKinney did make 16 starts a season ago, he shot only 42.1% from the field down low while averaging 5.5 ppg.


BUTLER LIND RAISES HIS GAME
Nate Butler Lind has taken on a greater role in TCU's offensive attack this season after averaging just 2.6 ppg last season as a first-year junior.

*Butler Lind is taking his shot much more often this season, firing an average of 6.0 spg compared to just 3.0 last season.

*Butler Lind has scored at least four points in all three games this season, a figure he reached only nine times in 33 contests as a junior. He matched a career high with 10 points in TCU's Nov. 15 home loss to SMU.

*Butler Lind has proven to be an important player on the court for coach Trent Johnson, leading the team in minutes played (30.0 mpg) despite coming off the bench each game.


 

 


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