Nov. 21, 2010
GAME #4 - HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF
TCU (2-1) vs. BRADLEY (4-0)
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Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 | 5 p.m. ET | Springfield, Mass. | MassMutual Center (7,283)
Series Record: Bradley leads, 6-2 | Last Meeting: W, 85-83 (Dec. 9, 1954)
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)
Record at TCU: 29-37 (.440) in 3rd season | Overall: 167-95 (.637) in 9th season
Bradley Head Coach: Jim Les (Bradley, ‘86)
Record at Bradley: 146-120 (.549) in 9th season | Ovearall: 146-120 (.549) in 9th season
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE); 88.7 FM (KTCU) | Talent: Brian Estridge (play-by-play), John Denton (analyst)
Television: None | Internet: GoFrogs.com (live stats, radio); MAACSports.com (live video stream [$])
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- TCU looks to get back on the winning track Sunday when it returns to action at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off against Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley. Tip time between the Horned Frogs and Braves has been set for 5 p.m. ET at the MassMutual Center.
The Frogs aim to shake off their first loss of the season, suffered Saturday at the hands of Rider, 76-61. TCU held a six-point halftime edge in the contest before the Broncos roared back by making 16-of-17 field goals out of the locker room to take control of the game.
TCU and Bradley will be meeting for the ninth time and the first time since the Frogs earned an 85-83 victory on Dec. 9, 1954. Overall, the Braves own a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Each of TCU’s games this weekend will be broadcast live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on both 1460 AM KCLE and 88.7 FM KTCU with Brian Estridge and John Denton serving as the play-by-play team. Estridge kicks off his 12th straight season as the Voice of the Horned Frogs, while Denton begins his 21st year as color commentator.
No television coverage will be available for this weekend’s games, although live video streaming will be offered through the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference web site, maacsports.com, at a cost of $5.95 per game. Links to live stats and an Internet radio feed will be available via TCU’s official athletics website, GoFrogs.com.
FROG QUICK NOTES
- Four Frogs are averaging double figures in scoring: Ronnie Moss (17.0 ppg), Amric Fields (13.0 ppg), Garlon Green (13.0 ppg) and Hank Thorns (10.0 ppg.)
- TCU is averaging only 10.7 turnovers per game and has totaled no more than 12 in any of its opening three contests. Last season’s squad averaged 14.0 tpg.
- Ronnie Moss has scored at least 14 points in six straight games dating back to last season.
- Moss needs only one more field goal to reach 300 for his career.
- TCU is shooting 45.6% from 3-point range while holding its opponents to only 32.2%.
- The Frogs are shooting 54.0% and outscoring opponents by 12.3 ppg in the first half of games this season, compared to figures of 44.6% and -2.7 ppg in second halves.
- Of the 13 players who saw action in TCU’s season opener, eight had never previously seen game action for the Frogs.
- TCU returns six players who accounted for 47.3% of scoring, 41.8% of rebounds, 57.4% of assists and 39.6% of steals last season.
- Only six Frog letterwinners return from last season’s squad, which is tied for the fewest total in the Mountain West Conference team with New Mexico and Utah.
SCOUTING THE BRADLEY BRAVES
Bradley, led by ninth-year head coach Jim Les, enters Sunday’s game with a perfect 4-0 record. The Braves opened the season with home wins over Texas A&M-Kingsville (66-55), Northern Illinois (66-63) and Loyola Marymount (59-57) before downing USC by one point, 64-63, on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The squad’s victories have come by only an average of 4.3 points per game.
Bradley is averaging 63.8 ppg and shooting 38.8 percent from the field overall, including 30.5 percent from 3-point range. The squad has been outrebounded by an average of 9.7 boards per contest, although it has forced an average of 7.0 turnovers more per game that it commits.
The Braves return nine letterwinners and four starters from last season’s team that went 16-15 and tied for fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Four players average double figures in scoring, including forward Andrew Warren (14.0 ppg) and guards Sam Maniscalco (11.3 ppg), Dodie Duncan (10.0 ppg) and Walt Lemon Jr. (10.0 ppg). Center Will Egolf leads Bradley’s efforts on the boards (4.8 rpg), while Maniscalco and guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards are tied for the team lead in assists at 4.3 apg.
ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF
TCU will play four games in conjunction with the 27th annual Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, including three on consecutive days Nov. 20-22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. In addition to Saturday’s opening contest against Rider, the Frogs also face Bradley and UMass in Springfield.
Following its return to Fort Worth for the Thanksgiving holiday and a contest against Houston on Nov. 27, TCU concludes its tournament schedule with a fourth game against USC Nov. 29 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Other teams competing in the tournament in addition to TCU’s scheduled opponents include: Loyola Marymount, New Mexico State, LeMoyne, Lyndon State and American International College.
In addition the tournament’s games, a banquet has been planned for Friday evening, while TCU also is scheduled to take a tour of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is located in Springfield.