Senior forward Connell Crossland
Dec. 28, 2012
FORT WORTH -- TCU puts the finishing touches on its 2012-13 non-conference schedule Sunday when it plays host to Mississippi Valley State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The 3 p.m. matchup will be televised by FOX Sports Southwest.
TCU returns from a week-long Christmas break against the Delta Devils on a two-game winning streak following recent wins over Southern and Rice. A victory against MVSU would give the Horned Frogs their first three-game streak in over a year since taking four in a row from Nov. 26, 2011 through Dec. 6, 2011.
TCU and Mississippi State will meet for the third time ever on hardwood. The Frogs took the previous two matchups during the 1998-90 and 1997-98 seasons.
Following Sunday’s game, TCU begins its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference. Its first league game will be played at home on Saturday, Jan. 5 against Texas Tech.
Sunday’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 live streams of both the television and radio broadcasts will be offered online for FrogVision subscribers.
FROG QUICK NOTES
* TCU is 27-1 all-time in games against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and has won each of the last 26 matchups.
* TCU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 6 in the NCAA in scoring defense (53.8 ppg). The squad is No. 38 in the NCAA in overall field-goal defense (38.2%) and No. 31 in 3-point field goal defense (28.5%).
* TCU’s scoring defense average is nearly 20 points fewer than last season’s final figure (72.1 ppg).
* TCU has allowed 50 points or fewer five times in its 12 games. Its five previous efforts allowing 50 or fewer stretched back over 127 games to 2008.
* TCU players own two of the top-3 individual scoring performances by Big 12 players this season (Kyan Anderson, 35 vs. UAB; Garlon Green, 31 at Rice)
* TCU also owns the top rebounding game by a Big 12 player (Adrick McKinney, 20 vs. Houston).
* TCU has erased second-half deficits in five of its eight victories.
* TCU has outshot nine of 12 opponents this season. The Frogs are 8-1 in such contests.
* TCU is 5-0 this season when leading at the half and 5-1 when winning the rebounding battle.
* Green has led TCU in scoring three straight games while averaging 22.3 ppg and shooting 53.5% from the floor.
* Green is 8-of-13 on 3-pointers in the stretch after starting the season 0-for-5 from outside in the first nine contests.
* Green is 34 points shy of becoming the 31st member of TCU’s 1,000-point club and needs only four more rebounds for 400.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding five of the last six games, averaging 10.2 rpg. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career games entering the current stretch.
* McKinney has pulled down at least nine rebounds in four straight games.
* Anderson ranks among the Big 12 leaders in 3-point percentage (No. 4), minutes played (No. 4), steals (No. 7), assists (No. 8), assist/turnover ratio (No. 10), 3-pointers (No. 11) and scoring (No. 14).
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
Mississippi Valley State enters Sunday winless on the season in nine games. TCU and MVSU share one common opponent so far in Northwestern, which defeated both squads.
First-year head coach Chico Potts took over an MVSU squad that won the SWAC regular-season and tournament championships a year ago. The Delta Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament First Round, losing to Western Kentucky.
Junior forward Davon Usher leads MVSU’s offensive attack this season, scoring 17.1 ppg. Usher also is the squad’s top outside threat, averaging 2.3 3pg. Freshman guard Matt Smith tops the Delta Devils in both rebounding (6.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.1 bpg). Freshman guard Darius Tomlin is the team’s top assist man (2.7 apg).
MVSU owns a season team scoring average of 53.4 ppg and has been outscored by 24.0 ppg.
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU and Mississippi Valley State have met twice previously, both Horned Frogs wins. The first matchup was in the second round of the 1989 Western Kentucky Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky. (90-75). The Frogs later took a 106-83 decision in Fort Worth on Dec. 12, 1997 on their way to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
TCU vs. Mississippi Valley State – Previous Meetings
Date • W/L • Score • Site
Dec. 2, 1989 • W • 90-75 • Bowling Green, Ky.
Dec. 12, 1997 • W • 106-83 • Fort Worth
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 106, MVSU 83
Billy Tubbs celebrated his 500th career victory in TCU’s 106-83 win over Mississippi Valley State in the opening round of the TCU Tournament on Dec. 12, 1997, but Tubbs had to share the spotlight with junior center Lee Nailon, who scored a school-record 53 points.
Nailon scored 29 of his total in the second half, his final two on a short jumper with 15 seconds left in the contest. The basket was made possible by an assist from senior guard Mike Jones, who had set the previous school record with 51 points just 10 days earlier during a home win over Delaware State.
Nailon finished 23-of-30 from the field and 7-of-10 at the foul line while adding 11 rebounds and three steals. Jones chipped in 18 points and a game-high eight assists, while Malcolm Johnson totaled 11 points.
MVSU became the first opponent in six games to stay within 31 points of the Frogs, who improved to 8-0 on their way to the 1998 WAC Pacific Division Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
LAST TIME OUT: TCU 65, RICE 63
Garlon Green scored a career-high 31 points to help lead TCU past a furious second-half Rice rally, as the Horned Frogs escaped Houston with a 65-63 road victory on Dec. 22.
TCU appeared ready to coast to an easy win while building an 18-point advantage early in the second half, but Rice was able to fight back on its home court. The Owls, who were held to only two points in the final 10 minutes of the opening half, caught fire from the floor following intermission. The squad made 10-of-12 field-goal attempts out of the locker room and posted a 15-3 run fueled by a barrage of 3-pointers to cut the deficit to just five points six minutes into the half.
The Frog lead dwindled to as few as one point following a Julian DeBose layup with 11.9 seconds left. Kyan Anderson pushed the edge back to two points by hitting 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled on the in-bounds. The Frogs then stood up to the defensive challenge on Rice’s last possession, forcing an off-balance shot at the buzzer by guard Tamir Jackson that glanced off the rim.
Green was TCU’s go-to threat on the offensive end of the court, especially in the first. He made 10-of-16 attempts from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and also went 8-of-12 at the charity stripe. He totaled 18 points in the first half alone while helping the Frogs build a 14-point advantage at intermission.
Adrick McKinney also continued his solid recent play, posting his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Connell Crossland just missed a double-double of his own with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The combination of Crossland and McKinney alone outrebounded the Owls, as TCU finished the game with a whopping 38-17 overall edge on the glass.
Kyan Anderson scored nine points in limited duty, as he sat much of the contest in foul trouble. Chris Zurcher helped pick up the slack by playing a career-high 26 minutes and turning in five points. Anderson, Zurcher and Green combined to go 6-of-8 from beyond the arc for TCU.
TCU-RICE POSTGAME NOTES
* The win snapped a three-game Frog road losing streak that stretched back to last season.
* TCU posted season-high advantages in rebounding margin (38-17), 3-pointers (six) and free-throw attempts (24).
* TCU went 6-of-9 from 3-point range.
* Garlon Green posted his sixth career game with at least 20 points, and the third this season, with a career-best 31 points. He set his previous high of 24 exactly one year ago to the day during a Dec. 22, 2011 home win over Grambling State.
* TCU players now own two of the top-three scoring performances this season by Big 12 players. Kyan Anderson’s 35 points during a Nov. 24 win over UAB is the league’s top effort, while Iowa State’s Will Clyburn (32, Dec. 1 vs. BYU) is the only other conference player with more in a game than Green.
* Adrick McKinney posted his team-leading third career double-double, and his second this season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. McKinney now has four career double-figure rebound games.
* McKinney has pulled down at least nine rebounds in four consecutive contests.
* Connell Cossland just missed his second double-double, posting nine points while matching a career-best with 11 boards.
* Chris Zurcher played a career-high 26 minutes, finishing with a season-best five points.
GREEN STREAKING TOWARDS MILESTONES
Garlon Green, the most-seasoned veteran on TCU’s roster, continues to put the final touches on a solid career while leading the Frogs into their inaugural Big 12 campaign.
* TCU’s active career leader in scoring and rebounds, Green needs only 34 points to become the 31st member of the Frogs’ 1,000-point club and only four boards for 400.
* Green is No. 2 on the team this season in scoring average and No. 3 in rebounding. He has started all 12 contests.
* Green has led TCU in scoring each of the last three games and is averaging 22.3 ppg during the stretch.
* Green’s hot recent play has coincided with him moving outside the arc in TCU’s lineup. He played the forward position in TCU’s opening nine games before sliding into the No. 3 spot due to the absence of Jarvis Ray. Green averaged just 7.8 ppg prior to the move.
* Green is 8-of-13 on 3-point attempts since moving outside after starting the season 0-for-5. He hit his 100th career trey during the Dec. 18 home win over Southern.
* Green has six games with double figures in points, including two 20-point performances and one 30-point effort.
* Green put up a career-best 31 points in TCU’s most recent win at Rice. He broke his previous high of 24 points set exactly one year earlier during a Dec. 22, 2011 home win over Grambling State.
* Green’s 31-point effort ranks as the third-best scoring game by a Big 12 player this season.
* The only player on this year’s roster who has spent more than two years on the team, Green was named a team co-captain in the preseason along with teammate Amric Fields.
* Green is TCU’s active leader in points (964), rebounds (396), 3-pointers (103), games played (109) and starts (64).
* Green has been the team’s leading returning scorer each of the last two seasons. He led the 2010-11 squad with an 11.2-point average, while his 9.9-point average last season trailed only graduated seniors Hank Thorns (13.5 ppg) and J.R. Cadot (11.4 ppg).
MCKINNEY STEPPING UP DOWN LOW
Adrick McKinney looks virtually like a new player on the court early this season for TCU.
* McKinney has led TCU in rebounding a team-high five games, twice in assists and one in scoring. He has made seven starts, paces the team in rebounds and is third in points.
* McKinney has led TCU on the glass in five of the last six games. He had paced the squad only five times in 37 career contests entering the current stretch.
* McKinney has scored in double figures in three of the last four games after doing so only three times in TCU’s previous 28 contests.
* McKinney is averaging 10.2 rpg over the last six games and has scored at least seven points each time out.
* McKinney leads TCU with two double-doubles this season and three in his career. He went for 10 points and 10 rebounds in TCU’s most recent outing at Rice.
* McKinney pulled down a career-best 20 rebounds during the Dec. 4 home loss to Houston. The total, the best by a Big 12 player this season, was the most for a Frog since Jamal Brown pulled down 26 during a Dec. 23, 2001 win over North Texas.
* McKinney led TCU with 16 points, one shy of his career best, during the Nov. 12 win over Centenary.
* While McKinney did make 16 starts a season ago, he shot only 42.1% from the field. So far this season, he has improved that rate to 56.1%.
CROSSLAND EXCELLING IN STARTER’S ROLE
The injury to Jarvis Ray has provided Connell Crossland with a chance to enter the starting lineup, and the senior has taken advantage of the opportunity.
* Crossland is averaging 9.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg since being installed as a starter. He ranks No. 4 on the team in scoring and No. 2 in rebounding in the stretch.
* Crossland has one double-double this season against Centenary (12 points, 10 rebounds) and just missed his second at Rice, totaling nine points and matching his career best with 11 boards.
* A steady player, Crossland has five games with five or more rebounds and has scored at least four points in 10 of 12 contests.
* Crossland made eight straight starts at the end of last season, including both of TCU’s victories over ranked teams in wins vs. No. 11 UNLV and No. 18 New Mexico.