Junior guard Thomas Montigel
Dec. 3, 2012
FORT WORTH -- TCU concludes its two-game homestand Tuesday, when the squad plays host to longtime rival Houston at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest, is set for 8 p.m.
TCU enters the week with a 6-2 record and has a chance to match last year's 7-2 mark for the best start by a Horned Frogs squad since 2000-01. The Frogs will look to notch a third-straight victory for the first time this season while improving to 6-1 at home.
Houston is the third of five Conference USA opponents on TCU's regular-season schedule. The Frogs dropped a three-point decision to SMU at home Nov. 15 before topping UAB by three at the South Padre Island Invitational.
TCU and UH, former conference rivals in both the Southwest Conference (1976-96) and Conference USA (2002-05), will be meeting for the fourth straight season and the 73rd time overall. The Frogs have won the last two meetings, including an 81-80 buzzer-beating victory last season in Houston, and have taken five of the last seven since the 2003-04 campaign.
Tuesday's contest will be televised live 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. 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
* A win would give TCU a 7-2 start for the second straight season and only the second time since 2000-01. A victory also would give Trent Johnson the best nine-game start ever for a Frog head coach's tenure.
* TCU has outshot seven of eight opponents this season.
* TCU has posted second-half comebacks in five of its six victories.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 3 in the NCAA in scoring defense (52.6 ppg). The squad is No. 29 in the NCAA in field-goal defense (36.9%).
* TCU has allowed fewer than 50 points four times in its eight games. Its four previous efforts allowing fewer than 50 stretched back over 122 games to 2008.
* Kyan Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in free-throw shooting (No. 4), minutes played (No. 7), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 9), steals (No. 10), 3-pointers (No. 13) and scoring (No. 14).
* Anderson is averaging 28.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg over the last two games while shooting 65.5% (19-of-29) from the field and 84.2% (16-of-19) at the free-throw line.
* Devonta Abron has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, averaging 11.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg. He is shooting 71.9% from the field during the current stretch.
* Garlon Green is TCU's active leader in points (897), rebounds (383), 3-pointers (95), games played (105) and starts (60).
Houston enters Tuesday's matchup with a 5-2 overall mark following losses in its last two games at Prairie View A&M (81-80) and at home vs. Texas A&M (70-59). The squad opened the season with five straight victories vs. Florida A&M (81-76), at San Jose State (77-75), vs. Grambling State (87-47), vs. Louisiana College (106-59) and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (77-75).
Third-year head coach James Dickey leads a squad that ranks among the nation's leaders in scoring offense (No. 19; 81.0 ppg) and rebounding (No. 17; 42.3 rpg). The Cougars are allowing an average of 69.0 ppg while winning the season turnover battle (+2.9).
Forward TaShawn Thomas leads UH in scoring (16.6 ppg), rebounding (10.7 rpg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg). Three other Cougars average double figures in points: Joseph Young (13.8 ppg), Jherrod Stiggers (13.1 ppg) and Danuel House (11.3 ppg). Stiggers is a dangerous outside threat who is shooting 48.9% from beyond the arc while sinking an average of 3.3 3-pointers per contest. Guard J.J. Thompson is the team's top assist man (3.6 apg).
THE SERIES: TCU VS. HOUSTON
Houston owns a 47-25 edge in the all-time series with TCU, although the Frogs have won two straight and five of the last seven. Former conference rivals in both the Southwest Conference (1976-96) and Conference USA (2002-05), the teams will play for the fourth time following TCU's departure from C-USA following the 2004-05 campaign. The Frogs own an 18-13 edge in games played in Fort Worth, including wins in three straight meetings and 11 of the last 14.
TCU vs. Houston - Last 10 Meetings
Date - W/L - Score - Site
Feb. 9, 2002 - W - 87-69 - Fort Worth
Feb. 1, 2003 - L 56-61 - Fort Worth
March 1, 2003 - L - 57-75 - Houston
Jan. 13, 2004 - W - 55-54 - Houston
Feb. 28, 2004 - W - 71-65 - Fort Worth
Jan. 19, 2005 - W - 58-51 - Fort Worth
Feb. 19, 2005 - L - 57-69 - Houston
Dec. 23, 2009 - L - 81-105 - Houston
Nov. 27, 2010 - W - 79-63 - Fort Worth
Nov. 26, 2011 - W - 81-80 - Houston
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 81, HOUSTON 80
J.R. Cadot delivered another huge play for the Horned Frogs, laying the ball in at the buzzer to give TCU an 81-80 victory over Houston on Nov. 26, 2011 at the Cougars' Hofheinz Pavilion.
Cadot helped TCU avert a disastrous finish, as the Frogs led by as many as 15 points overall and eight points with just over a minute to play. Following a layup by Adrick McKinney that gave TCU a 71-63 advantage with 1:29 remaining, the Cougars scored 10 points in the game's final minute to take an 80-79 lead. A layup by guard J.J. Thompson put the Cougars on top with only 6.8 seconds on the clock.
Following a TCU timeout, Cadot provided the biggest play of his TCU career. The Frogs inbounded the ball under the Cougar basket to Amric Fields, who found Cadot downcourt in front of the TCU bench. Cadot drove to the basket and missed the initial layup but was able to fight successfully for the offensive board. He threw the ball up over his head while falling away, and the ball found the hoop as the horn sounded. Game officials reviewed the final shot before confirming the call.
Cadot was one of five players to finish in double figures for TCU with 11 points, while he added a game-high eight rebounds. Hank Thorns led the Frogs in scoring with 15 points, all of which came in the second half. Thorns went 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Fields added 14 first-half points, while Garlon Green and Kyan Anderson totaled 13 and 10, respectively.