TCU Concludes Opening Homestand vs. Navy

Garlon Green and the Frogs have shown big improvements on defense this season.

Garlon Green and the Frogs have shown big improvements on defense this season.

Nov. 19, 2012

GAME #5: TCU (3-1) vs. NAVY (2-2)

Date & Time:Nov. 20, 2012 • 6 p.m.
LocationFort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Tickets:(817) 257-FROG,
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) (GameTracker , Audio )
Series:TCU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting:Dec. 28, 1956 in Houston (W, 67-65)
Game Notes: TCU | Navy

FORT WORTH--TCU puts the finishing touches on its season-opening five-game homestand Tuesday when it plays host to Navy for a 6 p.m. matchup at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.

The meeting with the Midshipmen will be the second of TCU's four games in conjunction with the South Padre Island Invitational. Following Tuesday's game, the Horned Frogs will travel to South Padre Island for post-Thanksgiving matchups against Northwestern (Nov. 23) and either Illinois State or UAB (Nov. 24). TCU downed Prairie View A&M on Sunday, 44-39, in their first game of the tournament.

TCU looks to continue its early-season non-conference success at home following the victory in the defensive battle against Prairie View. Defense has been a key theme in the Frogs' four previous matchups this season, as TCU has outshot each opponent this season  in addition to winning the turnover battle all four games. No opponent has broken the 45% mark in terms of field-goal shooting against the Frogs.

Tuesday'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, while the radio broadcast is also available online for FrogVision subscribers.

* A victory would give TCU its first 4-1 start since 2007-08.

* A victory would also make Trent Johnson the first coach to start his TCU tenure 4-1 since Mike Brumbelow in 1937.

* TCU is 3-1 all-time against current members of the Patriot League (1-0 vs. Navy, 2-1 vs. Colgate).

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

* TCU has had four different leading scorers in its four games.

* TCU ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 8 in the NCAA in scoring defense (49.0 ppg). The squad is No. 29 in the NCAA in field-goal defense (34.3%).

* TCU has allowed fewer than 50 points three times in its four games. Its three previous efforts allowing fewer than 50 stretched back over 120 games to 2008.

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

* Ray has scored 45 points in TCU's four contests after having only 62 points in 39 games entering the year.

* Garlon Green is TCU's active leader in points (868), rebounds (370), 3-pointers (95), games played (101) and starts (56).

Navy enters Tuesday's matchup with a 2-2 record following a Sunday night loss at UAB (82-63). The squad opened the year with a 75-48 home win over Marymount before dropping a 54-49 overtime decision to Siena. The squad defeated Binghamton (75-52) prior to the UAB loss.

Second-year head coach Ed DeChellis leads a squad that ranks as one of the nation's youngest groups, featuring no seniors and only four juniors on the roster. The Midshipmen were selected to finish eighth in the Patriot League in the conference's preseason poll.

Freshman guard Tilman Dunbar leads Navy so far this season in both scoring (12.3 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg). His assist average leads the Patriot League and ranks No. 22 among NCAA players. Sophomore center Jared Smoot tops the team in both rebounds (5.8 rpg)  and field-goal percentage (57.1%). Sophomore forward Worth Smith has six blocked shots to lead the Mids.

As a team, Navy averages 65.5 ppg while allowing only 59.0 ppg. Opponents have outrebounded the Mids by an average of 3.0 boards per contest, although the squad does own a +3.3 average turnover margin.

TCU won the only previous matchup against the two teams on Dec. 28, 1956 by a score of 67-65 in the Southwest Conference Holiday Tournament held in Houston.

TCU found itself in a tight defensive battle Sunday, falling behind Prairie View A&M by double digits early before rallying in the second half for a 44-39 win at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The contest marked one of the lowest scoring games for TCU in decades, as its 44 points were its fewest in a victory since a 35-26 home win over East Texas State (now Texas A&M-Commerce) on Dec. 1, 1983. Both teams struggled from the field Sunday, TCU shooting 30.2% and the Panthers posting a figure of 28.3%. The Frogs shot only 25.0% in the opening half while falling down by 14 points early.

Jarvis Ray continued his breakout season by leading TCU for the first time in scoring with 13 points. Although he went only 3-of-12 from the field, he was 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. Devonta Abron added his best game thus far as a Frog, totaling 10 points and eight rebounds. Abron came up big down the stretch, scoring five straight TCU points for a seven-point lead inside the final minute.

Also coming up for TCU in crunch time was Kyan Anderson, who scored all eight of his points in the second half to help fuel his team's comeback. Garlon Green led the Frogs' efforts on the glass, pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds for his third career outing  in double figures.

* TCU moved to 26-1 all-time in games against teams from the SWAC. The Frogs have won each of the last 25 matchups.

* TCU erased a double-digit deficit (14 points) in a victory for the fifth time dating back to the start of last season. The Frogs recorded comebacks last season of 18, 18, 15 and 10 points.

* TCU's 44 points marked the fewest for the Frogs in a victory since a 35-26 home win over East Texas State on Dec. 1, 1983.

* TCU's 17 first-half points tied for the seventh-fewest ever for the Frogs in an opening half.

* The two teams combined for just 37 first-half points and shot 11-of-41 from the floor.

* Jarvis Ray led TCU in scoring for the first time in his career. He reached double figures in points for the third straight game.

* Garlon Green led TCU on the glass for the third time. It marked Green's third career effort with double digits.

TCU is expected to lean heavily on its defensive play this season following the loss of nearly 60 percent of last year's scoring totals to either graduation or injury. The squad has stepped up this season after ranking as one of the nation's worst defensive teams in 2011-12.

* TCU is No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 8 in the NCAA in opponent scoring average (49.0 ppg).

* The comparison between defensive figures from last year to this year is staggering:

Category -- 2012-13 (rank) -- 2011-12 (rank)
Scoring Defense -- 49.0 ppg (No. 8) -- 72.1 ppg (No. 286)
FG Pct. Defense -- 39.3% (No. 29) -- 47.8% (No. 327)
3FG Pct. Defense -- 29.5% (No. 123) -- 37.4% (No. 306)

* TCU has allowed fewer than 50 points in three of four games this season. Prior to this season, TCU's last three efforts giving up fewer than 50 stretched back 120 games to the 2008 campaign.

* TCU allowed only 39 points to Prairie View A&M in its last matchup, the fewest for a Frog opponent since Colgate totaled 37 on Dec. 30, 2008.

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 leads the team in scoring average (11.3 ppg), is tied for No. 3 in assists (1.8 apg) and No. 5 in shooting percentage (45.7%).

* Ray has scored 45 points in TCU's four contests after having only 62 points in 39 games entering the year.

* Ray has reached double figures in points in three straight 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.

Kyan Anderson has continued to progress in his second year on the Frogs' roster after posting one of the best campaigns for a TCU freshman in recent memory last season.

* Anderson ranks among the Big 12's leaders in 3-point percentage (4th; 47.1%), assist-turnover ratio (6th; 1.6), assists (T-7th; 4.0 apg) and 3-pointers made (T-8th; 2.0 3pg).

* Anderson has turned into a dangerous long-range weapon for TCU since the middle of his freshman season. He is shooting 42.7% from beyond the arc over the last 22 games dating back to last year.

* Anderson has made plays for TCU this season when it needs them most. He leads the squad in second-half scoring average (6.5 ppg) and is shooting 80.0% from the field after halftime (8-of-10), including 6-of-7 from 3-point range.

* Anderson was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year in 2012 after leading all MW freshmen in scoring average (9.8 ppg), assists (3.07 apg), assist/turnover ratio (1.48) and minutes (34.64 mpg) during league action.

* Anderson's honor made him the first Frog freshman of the year since Damion Walker earned the Southwest Conference award in 1996.

* Anderson's 22 starts were the most for a TCU freshman since Femi Ibikunle totaled 28 in 2003-04, while his 90 assists were the most since Corey Santee's 180 in 2001-02.



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