Preview: New Mexico


Nov. 22, 2017

TCU Horned Frogs
(4-0)
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New Mexico Lobos
(2-2)
Nov. 24, 2017 | 6 PM | Niceville, Fla. | The Arena (2,196)

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU (4-0) will continue play in the Emerald Coast Classic when it travels to Florida to face New Mexico (2-2) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday at The Arena in Niceville, Fla.

The Horned Frogs are looking for their 10th consecutive win dating back to last season when they won five-straight games on the way to the NIT championship.

Friday's game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and streamed online at CBSsports.com. The game can be heard online through TuneIn Radio and FrogVision.

The winner of the TCU-UNM game will play the winner of Maryland-St. Bonaventure Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBSSN. The losers of the two games will play each other on Saturday at 3 p.m. and will be streamed online at www.EmeraldCostTV.com/ecc17.

Notes
- The Frogs are 2-0 so far in the Emerald Coast Classic, with a 100-63 win over Tennessee Tech and a 99-66 win over Omaha.
- TCU has won nine-straight games and 11 of its last 12 dating back to last season.
- TCU is looking for its second-straight regular season tournament championship after winning the Global Sports Classic last season in Las Vegas. The Frogs defeated UNLV 63-59 before beating Washington 93-80 over Thanksgiving weekend.
- TCU will be playing in the state of Florida for the first time since Feb. 9, 2004, a 54-51 win over USF in Tampa.
- TCU has started the season 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. The Frogs started 13-0 in 2014 and 8-0 in 2016.
- TCU ranks among the national leaders in assists (22.0, 11th), field goal percentage (52.7, 25th) and steals (9.8, 26th).
- After averaging 7.1 points as a freshman last season, Desmond Bane is averaging 15.0 points as a sophomore.
- TCU was without Alex Robinson (right foot) during its 99-66 win over Omaha.
- Vladimir Brodziansky is 45 blocks away from James Penny's school-record of 171 from 1995-98. Brodziansky currently ranks fifth in blocked shots with 126.
- TCU is receiving votes in the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls for the third consecutive week.
- TCU returns 79 percent of its scoring and 79 percent of its rebounding from last season.
- One season after winning its first postseason tournament, TCU will try to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Since 1985, 58 percent of the teams that won the NIT made the NCAA Tournament the following season.

About New Mexico
- New Mexico returned five from last season's team that finished 17-14 overall and 10-8 in the Mountain West Conference.
- The Lobos are coming off a 104-96 loss to Tennessee Tech on Tuesday. Chris McNeal had 29 points and six assists in the loss. He leads the team in scoring this season with 18.0 points per game.
- Paul Weir is in his first season as the head coach of the Lobos after one successful season as head coach at New Mexico State. Weir led the Aggies to a 28-6 record, WAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

About the Series
- TCU and New Mexico are meeting for the first time since both were members of the Mountain West Conference together from the 2005-06 to 2011-12 seasons.
- New Mexico leads the all-time series 16-6, including a 2-1 record over TCU in neutral site games.
- Maryland leads the all-time series 2-0 over TCU with the last meeting coming on March 26, 2005, an 85-73 win by the Terrapins.
- It would be the first meeting between TCU and St. Bonaventure.

Emerald Coast Classic
In its fourth season, this year's Emerald Coast Classic involves Jackson State, Maryland, Maryland Eastern Shore, New Mexico, Omaha, St. Bonaventure, TCU and Tennessee Tech. Past champions include Virginia (2016), Iowa State (2015) and Mississippi (2014).

On Nov. 24-25, third round and championship games will be played at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. All participating teams will stay at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla. TCU will arrive in the Sunshine State on Wednesday.

TCU's third round game with New Mexico and Saturday's championship game will air on CBSSN. The third-place game will be streamed at the following link: www.EmeraldCoastTV.com/ecc17

TCU will have radio coverage of every Horned Frog game with Jeff Williams and Colin Boddicker on the call.

Last Time in a Thanksgiving Tournament
Last season, TCU defeated UNLV (63-59) and Washington (93-80) to win the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Alex Robinson has a career night against the Huskies in the final with 24 points, including a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range. He scored 16 of his points in the second half. Robinson was named to the all-tournament team following the game. The Frogs went against the Huskies Markelle Fultz, who scored 27 points and went on to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

26 Turnovers Forced vs. Omaha
TCU forced Omaha into 26 turnovers in its 99-66 win on Nov. 20. It was the most turnovers a TCU team had forced since Nov. 14, 2011 when Austin College had 35 turnovers. FGCU had 29 turnovers three days prior on Nov. 11, 2011. The most TCU forced last season was 25 on Nov. 26, 2016 against Washington.

All About Shooting
- Desmond Bane ranks No. 1 in field goal efficiency (100) and No. 2 in true shooting percentage (97.2) according to KenPom.com.
- Bane ranks second in the Big 12 in field goal shooting (78.6%) and fourth in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting, 12-of-17 (70.6).
- Nine different TCU players have made multiple 3-pointers.
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (52.7%) and 3-point percentage (41.6%).
- TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 22nd in the NCAA in field goal shooting (52.6%) and second in the Big 12 and 33rd in the NCAA in 3-point shooting (43.7%).
- Nearly half of TCU's field goals (128) were assisted (63). The Frogs rank second in the Big 12 in assists per game (22.0).

KenPom Continuity
One of the newest KenPom stats is minutes continuity. What percentage of a team's minutes are played by the same player from last season to this season. TCU ranks 34th in continuity, the best in the Big 12, at 67.5 percent. The national average tends to be 50 percent.

Good in November
The Frogs hope to continue the momentum in November like they have in the past. TCU has won 12-straight games in November, dating back to the 2015-16 season. Over the last three years, the Frogs have gone 21-2 in the month of November and was a perfect 7-0 last season as they won their first eight games of the season.

 

 

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