TCU to Host NCAA Sweet 16 Qualifier Northern Iowa Saturday

Dec. 3, 2010

TCU (6-2) vs. NORTHERN IOWA (3-2)


Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 | 1 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)

Television: The Mtn. (DirecTV ch. 616) | Talent: Chuck LaMendola (play-by-play), Brice Kesler (analyst)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU) | Talent: Brian Estridge (play-by-play, John Denton (analyst)
Internet: (live stats, radio)
Series Record: First Meeting
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 33-38 (.465) in 3rd season | Overall: 171-96 (.640) in 9th season
NIU Head Coach: Ben Jacobson (North Dakota, ‘94)     
      Record at NIU: 92-45 (.672) in 5th season | Overall: 34-67 (.672) in 5th season

FORT WORTH—TCU, off to its best start in a decade, looks to keep its home momentum rolling Saturday when it plays host to 2010 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Northern Iowa at 1 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest is part of this season’s MWC-MVC Challenge.

The Frogs enter Saturday’s game with a 6-2 overall record, the program’s best start since the 2000-01 season. The squad posted a 78-61 victory in its latest outing Wednesday against Prairie View A&M to improve to 5-0 this season at the DMC. Northern Iowa arrives in Fort Worth with a 3-2 record following Wednesday’s 60-54 home victory over previously unbeaten Iowa State. The two teams will be meeting for the first time ever on the hardwood.

Saturday’s contest marks the end of a stretch of four home games in eight days. TCU leaves Fort Worth for its first two true road games next week when it plays at Texas Tech on Wednesday and at Nebraska on Saturday.

TCU’s matchup with Northern Iowa 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 is in his 12th straight season as the Voice of the Horned Frogs, while Denton is in his 21st year as color commentator.

The game is the third of at least 20 TCU contests that will be televised this season. Coverage will be provided by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.; DirecTV ch. 616), which will feature the TCU broadcast crew of Chuck LaMendola (play-by-play) and Brice Kesler (analyst). Live stats and a link to an Internet radio feed will be available via TCU’s official athletics website,

- TCU’s current 6-2 start is its best since an 8-2 run to open the 2000-01 campaign.

- TCU is on its first three-game winning streak since midway through the 2008-09 season.

- TCU is 1-0 against teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA Tournament following its 79-63 win over Houston on Nov. 27 at the DMC.

- The Frogs have shot better than 50.0% in four of their five home games and are averaging 81.6 ppg at the DMC.

- J.R. Cadot is shooting 90.9% (20-of-22) from the field at home this season and 71.4% overall. He has made each of his last 14 shots dating back to the Nov. 27 home win over Houston.

- Cadot leads TCU in rebounding with a 6.5-board average. He has topped TCU in four of the last five games, each contest since he was inserted into the starting lineup.

- Garlon Green (62.2%) also has had the hot touch at home this season. He has shot 55.0% or better in seven of TCU’s eight games overall.

- Ronnie Moss has scored in double figures in 11 straight games dating back to last season.

- As of Thursday, Hank Thorns was the only player in the MWC this season with a double-figure assist outing. He has totaled 10 helpers three times.

- As of Thursday, TCU ranked among the leaders in the Mountain West Conference in defensive rebound percentage (No. 2) and assist/turnover ratio (No. 3) and turnover margin (No. 3).

- Of the 14 players who have seen action this season, nine had never previously seen game action for the Frogs.

- 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.

Northern Iowa is fresh off a banner year for the program that saw the squad advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament last spring. The Panthers, led by fifth-year head coach Ben Jacobson, finished with a 30-5 overall record and won both the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament championships.

NIU’s three wins this season have come against Coe College (84-45), North Dakota (65-52) and Iowa State (60-54), while it dropped contests at Syracuse (68-46) and at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (65-63). The squad is shooting 40.2% from the field compared to 38.7% for its opponents and owns a +7.6 average rebound margin.

Two starting guards return from last season’s Panther squad in senior Kwadzo Ahelegbe and junior Johnny Moran. Sophomore guard James Anthony leads the team in scoring this season with a 12.4-point average, while sophomore forward Jake Koch also is scoring in double figures (10.4 ppg). Overall, five players average at least 8.6 ppg. Senior forward Lucas O’Rear paces the squad in rebounds (6.6 rpg). Ahelegbe tops the team in assists (2.6 apg).

Saturday’s game is one of nine featured contests in this season’s MWC-MVC Challenge, which is a series of matchups over a four-year period between teams from the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. The MVC won last season’s series by a 5-4 count, but the MWC is off to a perfect 4-0 start so far this season. This is the second year of a four-year agreement between the conferences. Games aligned with the MWC-MVC Challenge include:

Games Dec. 1    
@Colorado State 78, Drake 67   
BYU 77, @Creighton 65   
New Mexico 74 at @So. Illinois 59   
UNLV 82, @Illinois State 51    

Games Dec. 4-5
Northern Iowa at TCU
Indiana State at Wyoming
Utah at Bradley
Wichita St. at San Diego St.
Evansville at Air Force

J.R. Cadot led TCU with career highs of 15 points and nine rebounds Wednesday, and the Frogs remained perfect at home this season with a 78-61 victory over Prairie View A&M.
The Frogs shook off what little fatigue may have set in prior to its third game in five days, putting together another sharp offensive performance. Cadot led a balanced TCU attack featuring four players in double figures. The Bahamas native went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and has now made 14 consecutive field goals dating back to Saturday’s win over Houston. He is a sizzling 20-of-22 from the floor in TCU’s five home games to date.
Cadot continued to boost his offensive numbers with strong play around the rim, as evidenced by three dunks and three layups, although he did add his first career 3-pointer in the first half. His nine boards matched the previous career high he set against Houston, and he has now led the Frogs on the glass in four of the last five games.
Cadot’s strong shooting was typical of TCU’s offensive performance at home this season. The Frogs shot 51.7 percent Wednesday, marking the fourth time in five games the squad has surpassed the 50.0 percent mark. Several easy baskets helped the Frogs’ numbers, as 13 of the squad’s points came in transition.

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- and season-high eight assists.

- Ronnie Moss needs 92 points to reach the 1,000- point milestone.

- Moss also is only four rebounds shy of 200 and 17 assists short of becoming only the 10th Frog ever with 300 helpers in a career.

J.R. Cadot, a junior college transfer from Sheridan College in Wyoming, has been one of several bright spots for TCU early this season.

- Cadot is shooting 90.9% (20-of-22) from the field at home this season and a team-high 71.4% overall. He has made each of his last 14 shots dating back to the Nov. 27 home win over Houston.

- Cadot leads TCU in rebounding with a 6.5-board average. He has topped TCU in four of the last five games, each contest since entering the starting lineup.

- Despite ranking fifth on the team in minutes, Cadot leads TCU in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg).

- Cadot has paced TCU in rebounding four of the last five games with at least eight boards in each outing.

- Cadot’s five steals in the Nov. 21 win over Bradley marked the most by a TCU player in a game since former Frog Zvonko Buljan totaled five against Air Force on Feb. 18, 2009.

- Cadot averaged 17.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.4 apg in his final season at Sheridan College in 2009-10.



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