Frogs Head to Lubbock to Battle Red Raiders

Junior forward Nikola Cerina

Junior forward Nikola Cerina

Dec. 7, 2010

GAME #10
TCU (6-3) at TEXAS TECH (5-4)


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 | 7 p.m. CT | Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)

Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE) | Talent: Brian Estridge (play-by-play, John Denton (analyst)
Internet: (live stats, radio)
Series Record: Texas Tech leads, 72-45| Last Meeting: L, 80-70 in Fort Worth (Dec. 8, 2009)
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 33-39 (.458) in 3rd season | Overall: 171-97 (.638) in 9th season
TTU Head Coach: Pat Knight (Indiana, ‘95)     
      Record at TTU: 42-46 (.477) in 3rd season | Overall: 42-46 (.477) in 3rd season

FORT WORTH—TCU heads away from Fort Worth for its first true road game of the season Wednesday, when it faces Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. Tip-off from United Spirit Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Frogs and Red Raiders will continue a longtime series that stretches back prior to the days of both teams’ membership in the old Southwest Conference. The two teams will be meeting for the 11th consecutive year and for the 55th season in the last 56 years. TTU earned an 80-70 victory last season in Fort Worth.

TCU looks to regroup from its third loss of the season suffered Saturday at home to Northern Iowa, 64-60.  The Frogs have rebounded nicely from their previous two losses, defeating Bradley and Houston following respective setbacks to Rider and UMass.

The contest, the Frogs’ fourth this season away from Fort Worth, will be the first for the team on an opponent’s home court. The squad’s three previous away games were neutral-site matchups at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Texas Tech enters Wednesday aiming to bounce back from a loss of its own last Saturday at Washington, 108-79. The Red Raiders are 5-0 at home this season.

TCU’s matchup with Texas Tech will be broadcast live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 1460 AM KCLE 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.

Live stats and a link to an Internet radio feed will be available via TCU’s official athletics website,

- J.R. Cadot is shooting a team-best 72.2% (26-of-36) from the field this season. He has made each of his last 15 shots dating back to the Nov. 27 home win over Houston.

- Cadot also leads TCU in rebounding with a 6.1-board average, including 2.4 offensive boards per game.
- Garlon Green (61.8%) also has been hot from the field. He is shooting 50.0% from 3-point range this season and has hit 66.7% overall during his last four games.

- Ronnie Moss is only 13 assists shy of becoming only the 10th player in TCU history with 300 career helpers.

- Hank Thorns leads the MWC and ranks No. 17 nationally in assists (6.3 apg). As of Tuesday, he was the only player in the league 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. 1) and turnover margin (No. 3).

- Of the 14 players who have played 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 with New Mexico and Utah.

Texas Tech, led by third-year head coach Pat Knight, enters Wednesday’s game with a 5-4 record following Saturday’s road loss to Washington (108-79). The squad is a perfect 5-0 at home this season with victories over Louisiana-Monroe (86-67), Stephen F. Austin (70-58), Liberty (79-71), Georgia Southern (103-79) and Oral Roberts (86-82). TCU and TTU share no common opponents to date.

The Red Raiders return nine letterwiners and three starters from last season’s squad that went 19-16 overall and 4-12 in the Big 12 while finishing in ninth place. The Raiders advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NIT before falling on the road to Ole Miss.

All five Tech starters this season are averaging double figures in scoring, led by senior guard John Roberson at 13.6 ppg. Roberson also is the team’s top assist man (4.0 apg). Forward Robert Lewandowski, the only non-senior in the starting lineup, leads the team in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.1 bpg) while owning an 11.8-point scoring average.  Forwards Brad Reese (12.4 ppg) and Mike Singletary (12.0 ppg) and guard David Tairu (11.8 ppg) also each score in double figures.

Texas Tech owns a 72-45 edge in the all-time series that stretches back to 1932, before the Red Raiders joined the Frogs in the former Southwest Conference. The only season the teams have not met since 1955-56 was the 1999-2000 season. The Red Raiders own a 41-14 edge in Lubbock, although TCU won in its last trip there, 85-80, on Jan. 6, 2009.

TCU vs. TEXAS TECH – last 10 meetings
Date                  W/L    Score    Site
Dec. 28, 2000--W--92-78--Fort Worth
Dec. 1, 2001--L--86-99--Lubbock
Dec. 3, 2002--L--66-84--Fort Worth
Dec. 10, 2003--L--60-67--Lubbock
Nov. 23, 2004--W--83-68--Fort Worth
Nov. 30, 2005--L--54-81--Lubbock
Nov. 29, 2006--L--60-70--Fort Worth
Nov. 28, 2007--L--58-71--Lubbock
Jan. 6, 2009--W--85-80--Lubbock
Dec. 8, 2009-L--70-80--Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (Dec. 8, 2010)--John Roberson scored eight of his 21 points in a game-turning run that put No. 23 Texas Tech ahead, as the Red Raiders overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat TCU, 80-70.

The Red Raiders improved to 9-0. Zvonko Buljan had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead TCU.
Texas Tech did not lead until Theron Jenkins made a free throw with 16:09 left to break a 44-all tie. He was intentionally fouled at midcourt after stealing a pass and the whistle nullified his breakaway slam dunk.

The Red Raiders then maintained possession because of the intentional foul, and Roberson hit a 3-pointer. After a TCU miss, Brad Reese hit another trey to make it 50-44, culminating the 24-3 run that wiped out the Frogs’ 14-point deficit.

TCU managed to regain the lead only once after that, on a Kevin Butler layup that made it 55-54 midway through the second half. But Tech went right back ahead - and stayed - on Robertson’s reverse layup before David Tairu made a spin move on the baseline for an easy jumper.

Ronnie Moss had 11 points for TCU, and Garlon Green added 10.

TCU dropped a 64-60 decision to Northern Iowa Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, marking its first home loss this season.
Three Frogs finished the game with double-figures in scoring, paced by Garlon Green with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Green didn’t miss a shot all day, going 5-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range and a pair from the charity stripe.

Sammy Yeager followed with 13 points, going 6-of-11 from the field and bringing in six rebounds. With a perfect 6-of-6 day from the free throw line, forward Nikola Gacesa chipped in 12 points, while shooting 3-of-8 down low.

Guard guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 25 to lead the Panthers, while Johhny Moran tacked on 10 points.

The Frogs had to fight back from deficits in both halves, cutting down a seven-point UNI lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Yeager drove the lane for two-straight buckets and TCU made it a one possession game with a stunning alley-oop dunk by J.R. Cadot. Gacesa capped an 8-3 run by the Frogs and knotted the game, 56-56, by nailing a pair of free throws with 3:23 left.

The Panthers would pull together after a timeout to go on a 5-0 run of their own to take a 61-56 advantage. With 22.9 left on the clock, Gacesa dropped in a shot to get back within three points, but UNI proved too strong in the end.

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

- Moss also is only 13 assists short of becoming only the 10th Frog ever with 300 helpers in a career.



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