TCU Returns to DMC Thursday to Face Grambling

Sophomore guard Jarvis Ray, a Louisiana native, will face his home-state Grambling State Tigers Thursday.

Sophomore guard Jarvis Ray, a Louisiana native, will face his home-state Grambling State Tigers Thursday.

Dec. 21, 2011

GAME #12 - GRAMBLING STATE (0-8) vs. TCU (7-4)

TCU GAME NOTES   //  LIVE AUDIO   //  GAMETRACKER

GAME DAY INFORMATION
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011  //  7 p.m.  //  Fort Worth, Texas  //  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Series Record: TCU leads, 9-0  //  Last Meeting: Nov. 21, 2007 in Fort Worth (W, 99-67)
TV: The Mtn. (DirecTV ch. 616)  //  Talent: Chuck LaMendola (pxp), Travis Puckett (analyst)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Internet: GoFrogs.com (radio, GameTracker)
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, `88)    
      Record at TCU: 45-62 (.421) in 4th season  //  Overall: 183-120 (.604) in 10th season
Grambling State Head Coach: Bobby Washington   
      Record at GSU: 19-50 (.275) in 3rd season  //  Overall: 19-50 (.275) in 3rd season


FORT WORTH--TCU looks to head into the holiday break on a high note Thursday evening when it plays host to Grambling State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest, which is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m., will be televised live by The Mtn. (DirecTV ch. 616).

TCU will attempt to snap its recent skid that extended to two games Monday during an 83-59 road setback at USC. Thursday's matchup against the Tigers begins a four-game homestand for the Horned Frogs that will stretch through Jan. 11. The squad is 4-1 this season at the DMC. TCU returns to action following the holiday break Dec. 31 vs. Tulsa.

Grambling, which arrives in Fort Worth with a 0-8 record, will be playing its ninth straight road game to open the season Thursday. The squad dropped an 82-40 decision at North Texas in its most recent outing.

TCU and Grambling will be meeting for the 10th time in the all-time series. The Frogs own a 9-0 advantage, including a 99-67 win in the most recent meeting on Nov. 21, 2007.

Thursday's matchup will mark TCU's fifth televised game of the season and its second on The Mtn. The TCU broadcast team of Chuck LaMendola (play-by-play) and Travis Puckett (analyst) will handle play-by-play duties.

Fans also can follow the game live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 1460 AM KCLE and 88.7 FM KTCU with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) handling the broadcast. Links to both the live radio Internet feed and live stats will be available via TCU's official athletics website, GoFrogs.com.


FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU is 24-1 all-time against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and has won 23 straight matchups since a December 1988 loss to Texas Southern.

* The Frogs are 4-1 at home this season with an average scoring margin of +11.6 ppg.

* Six of TCU's seven wins have been by six points or fewer, including each of its wins vs. Division I opponents.

* TCU is forcing an average of 18.4 turnovers per game, 1.5 turnovers more than any other Mountain West team.

* TCU is averaging 11.5 turnovers forced in the first half of games, compared to 6.9 miscues in the second half.

* Thorns is No. 5 in the MW in assists (4.40 apg) and minutes played (33.00 mpg); No. 6 in steals (1.80 spg); No. 7 in scoring (13.5 ppg); and No. 8 in assist/turnover ratio (1.16).

* Thorns, who has played only 43 games as a Frog, is just 50 assists shy of entering the team's career top-10 list (321).

* J.R. Cadot is No. 2 in the MW in offensive rebounds (3.00 rpg); No. 3 in total rebounds (7.3 rpg); No. 6 in steals (1.73 spg) and defensive rebounds (4.27 rpg); No. 8 in minutes played (30.73 mpg); tied for No. 9 in blocked shots (0.73 bpg); and No. 20 in scoring (10.6 ppg).

* Cadot is the only MW guard, and the lone league player shorter than 6-8, averaging more than 5.7 rebounds this season. He has at least five boards in all but one contest.

* Garlon Green is No. 15 in the MW in scoring (10.9 ppg).

* Garlon Green is TCU's active career leader in games played (75) and points (613) as a Frog.


 GRAMBLING STATE PROJECTED STARTERS
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Yr.
Year
 2011-12 Statistics
2
 Rondale Livas
G
5-10
So.
 6.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.0 apg
4
 Xavier Rogers
G
6-2
So.
 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 spg
11
 Bryant Purvis
G/F
6-7
Jr.
 4.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.6 apg
23
 Demetri Wheeler
F
6-5
So.
 3.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 apg
40
 Peter Roberson
C
7-0
Jr.
 9.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.5 bpg

 TCU PROJECTED STARTERS
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Yr.
Year
 2011-12 Statistics
1
 Jarvis Ray
G
6-6
195
So.
 2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.4 apg
4
 Amric Fields
F
6-9
215
So.
 10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 bpg
10
 Hank Thorns
G
5-9
165
Sr.
 13.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.2 apg
23
 J.R. Cadot
G
6-5
210
Sr.
 10.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg
24
 Adrick McKinney
F
6-8
260
Jr.
 6.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.9 spg

SCOUTING THE GRAMBLING STATE TIGERS
Grambling State, 0-8 this season under third-year head coach Bobby Washington, has a tough 2011-12 schedule lined up featuring 10 straight road contests to open the year. Included among the Tigers' opponents thus far have been Houston, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Washington State and Texas Tech. The squad dropped an 82-40 decision to North Texas in its latest outing Tuesday.

Grambling finished last season with a 12-21 overall record and was sixth place in the SWAC with an 8-10 league mark.

The Tigers feature a young lineup that includes only one senior who has seen action this season. Junior Peter "P.J." Roberson, a 7-0 center, is one of the nation's top big men, as he entered the week ranked sixth nationally in blocked shots (3.5 bpg) and 51st in rebounding average (8.6 rpg). He also leads the team in scoring (9.3 ppg). Guard Xavier Rogers is the squad's No. 2 scorer (8.8 ppg), while guard Rondale Livas tops the Tigers in assists (4.0 apg).


INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU owns a 9-0 record in the all-time series against Grambling State that began in 1987. Each contest has been played in Fort Worth. The Frogs won the latest matchup between the two teams by a 99-67 count on Nov. 21, 2007.

 TCU vs. Grambling State - All-Time Series
Date
W/L
Score
Site
Dec. 23, 1987
W
65-56
Fort Worth
Dec. 30, 1999
W
143-110
Fort Worth
Jan. 24, 2001
W
120-95
Fort Worth
Dec. 30, 2002
W
103-84
Fort Worth
Dec. 29, 2003
W
99-71
Fort Worth
Dec. 28, 2004
W
98-83
Fort Worth
Dec. 28, 2005
W
79-64
Fort Worth
Nov. 24, 2006
W
64-46
Fort Worth
Nov. 21, 2007
W
99-67
Fort Worth


LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 99, GSU 67
TCU ran its season record to 4-0 with a 99-67 home victory over Grambling State on Nov. 21, 2007.
 
Brent Hackett and Henry Salter both played big roles in the Frog scoring attack, scoring 23 points each against the Tigers. Hackett finished the contest connecting on 8-of-15 field-goal attempts, including a career-high six 3-pointers, while Salter drained 9-of-18 attempts while adding seven rebounds.

Kevin Langford nearly missed a double-double with a 14-point, eight-rebound performance, while John Ortiz notched a nine-point, nine-rebound evening for the Frogs. Alvardo Parker finished with eight points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists.

The Frogs ended the evening connecting on 49.3% of their attempts from the floor, while Grambling shot 40.0%. The Frogs forced the Tigers into 19 miscues resulting in a 16-2 edge for the home squad in points off of turnovers.


 

 


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