Frogs Return Home to Face Wyoming on Wednesday
Jan. 31, 2012
GAME #21 – WYOMING (17-4; 3-2 MW) at TCU (12-8; 2-3 MW)
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 // 7 p.m. // Fort Worth, Texas // Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Series Record: TCU leads, 10-8 // Last Meeting: March 9, 2011 in Las Vegas (W, 70-61)
Television: The Mtn. (DirecTV ch. 616) // Talent: Chuck LaMendola (pxp), TBA (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: 50-66 (.431) in 4th season // Overall: 188-124 (.603) in 10th season
UW Head Coach: Larry Shyatt (Wooster, ‘73)
Record at UW: 36-13 (.734) in 2nd season // Overall: 106-97 (.522) in 7th season
FORT WORTH--TCU returns to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday to face Wyoming. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised live by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.), is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Horned Frogs, currently in sole possession of sixth place in the Mountain West standings with a 2-3 record following Saturday’s road loss at New Mexico, will look to continue their recent home success Wednesday. The squad has won four straight games at the DMC and is 9-2 at home overall this season. A win against the Cowboys would give the Frogs 10 home victories for the first time since 2008-09.
Wyoming, 17-4 overall and tied for third place in the Mountain West at 3-2, is one of the surprise teams in the conference this season. The squad already has totaled seven more wins overall than it did all of last season (10-21). The Cowboys will ride a four-game road winning streak into Fort Worth, their longest in more than 20 years.
TCU and UNM will be meeting for the 19th time in the all-time series. The Frogs own a 10-8 advantage and have won four of the last five matchups.
Wednesday’s contest marks TCU’s 13th televised game of the season and its ninth on the MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.). The TCU crew featuring Chuck LaMendola (play-by-play) will handle broadcast duties for The Mtn.
Fans can also follow the contest 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) calling the action. 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
* Hank Thorns needs only four more assists to move into 10th place on TCU’s career top-10 list (321).
* TCU has already surpassed last season’s totals for overall victories (11) and conference wins (one).
* A win would give TCU 10 home victories for the first time since 2008-09 and for the 12th time in program history.
* TCU is looking to extend its home winning streak to five games for the first time since the opening five games of 2010-11.
* TCU is 9-1 in games decided by six points or fewer. The squad was 2-5 in such contests last season.
* The Frogs have outscored opponents by only 26 points in the nine close wins compared to a margin of 120 points in their other three victories.
* The nine wins mark the most for TCU by six points or fewer in a single season since 1998-99 (10-5).
* TCU is forcing an average of 17.3 turnovers per game, 1.3 more than any other Mountain West team.
* TCU is No. 2 in the MW and No. 38 nationally in average turnover margin (+2.75). More than 25% of the Frogs’ points this season have come off turnovers (367 of 1,425).
* Thorns is No. 4 in the MW in assists (4.60 apg); No. 5 in minutes (32.60 mpg); No. 6 in 3-pointers made (1.95 3pg); No. 7 in assist/turnover ratio (1.51); No. 8 in scoring (13.4 ppg); and tied for No. 10 in steals (1.45 spg).
* In MW games only, Thorns is No. 1 in 3-pointers (2.80 3pg) and No. 5 in scoring (14.8 ppg).
* Kyan Anderson is the only MW freshman among the league’s top-20 scorers during league action (10.8 ppg; t-20th).
* J.R. Cadot is No. 3 in the MW in offensive rebounds (2.55 rpg); No. 4 in total rebounds (6.8 rpg); No. 5 in defensive rebounds (4.25 rpg); and tied for No. 10 in steals (1.45 spg).
* Amric Fields is shooting a team-best 56.5% from the field over the last seven games while averaging 13.0 ppg.
* Garlon Green is tied for No. 18 in scoring average (10.5 ppg) and Fields is No. 20 (10.3 ppg).
* Green’s free-throw shooting rate of 85.7% is on pace to rank No. 7 in TCU single-season history.
* TCU is 7-0 when shooting 45.0% or better from the field, 7-0 when outrebounding the opposition, 10-1 when leading at halftime and 9-2 when scoring 70 points or more.
TCU PROJECTED STARTERS*
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. P - R - APG
5 Kyan Anderson G 5-11 165 Fr. 7.7 - 1.7 - 2.4
10 Hank Thorns G 5-9 165 Sr. 13.2 - 2.4 - 4.6
23 J.R. Cadot G 6-5 210 Sr. 10.1 - 6.8 - 1.5#
24 Adrick McKinney F 6-8 260 Jr. 6.0 - 4.3 - 0.9#
33 Garlon Green G/F 6-7 215 Jr. 10.5 - 3.3 - 0.7#
WYOMING PROJECTED STARTERS*
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. P - R - APG
1 JayDee Luster G 5-9 160 Sr. 5.8 - 1.9 - 3.7
5 Leonard Washington F 6-7 235 Jr. 12.7 - 6.5 - 1.5#
15 Adam Waddell C 6-10 235 Sr. 9.4 - 3.0 - 0.9^
25 Luke Martinez G 6-4 185 Jr. 13.4 - 3.5 - 1.8#
33 Francisco Cruz G 6-3 217 Sr. 12.1 - 3.0 - 2.0
^-blocks per game; #-steals per game;
*-players determined by starters from each team’s previous game
SCOUTING THE WYOMING COWBOYS
Wyoming, 17-4 overall this season and tied for third in the Mountain West standings with a 2-3 league mark, enters Wednesday’s game looking for a fifth consecutive road victory. The Cowboys are 5-2 overall away from Laramie with MW wins at Air Force (64-53) and Boise State (75-64).
UW, led by first-year head coach Larry Shyatt, returned six lettermen and two starters from last season’s team that finished with a 10-21 overall record, and placed fifth in the MW with a 3-13 league mark. This season, the Cowboys rank No. 4 nationally in scoring defense (53.6 ppg), No. 11 in free-throw percentage (76.2%), No. 20 in scoring margin (12.5 ppg), No. 22 in turnover margin (+3.5 ppg) and No. 28 in field-goal percentage defense. The squad leads the MW in scoring defense, 3-point field-goal defense (30.2%) and turnover margin.
Junior guard Luke Martinez is the Cowboys’ leading scorer and ranks No. 7 in the MW averaging 13.4 ppg. Junior forward Leonard Washington (12.7 ppg) and senior guard Francisco Cruz (12.1 ppg) also average double figures, while Washington also is the team’s leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) and No. 5 in the league. Senior guard JayDee Luster paces UW in assists (3.71 apg) and is ranked No. 6 in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio with a mark of 3.0. Martinez is the MW’s top 3-point shooter in terms of average makes per game (2.80 3pg).
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU owns a 10-8 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1971-72, including a 7-6 mark since the Frogs joined the MWC prior to the 2005-06 season. TCU has taken four of the last five matchups and seven of the last 10 since February 2007. The Frogs hold a 7-1 advantage in game played in Fort Worth, including five straight victories.
TCU vs. Wyoming – Last 10 Meetings
Date W/L Score Site
Feb. 28, 2007 W 77-58 Fort Worth
Jan. 12, 2008 W 83-56 Fort Worth
Feb. 13, 2008 L 54-72 Laramie
Jan. 21, 2009 W 79-78 (OT) Fort Worth
Feb. 21, 2009 L 56-61 Laramie
Jan. 12, 2010 W 62-59 Fort Worth
Feb. 13, 2010 W 76-68 Laramie
Jan. 12, 2011 W 78-60 Fort Worth
Feb. 12, 2011 L 67-77 Laramie
Mar. 9, 2011 W 70-61 Las Vegas
LAST TIME WE MET: TCU 70, WYOMING 61 (MARCH 9, 2011)
Greg Hill scored a game-high 18 points to lead TCU to a 70-61 victory over eighth-seeded Wyoming in the opening round of the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championship on March 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. The victory snapped a 13-game Horned Frog losing streak.
TCU, the bracket’s No. 9 seed, built a double-digit first-half lead that turned into a one-point Wyoming edge midway through the second half. A layup by Cowboy guard Joe Hudson following a Frog turnover gave the squad a 42-41 lead with 13:26 remaining, but the Frogs responded with a 9-0 run and never looked back. Hill hit one of his three second-half 3-pointers to put TCU back on top for good.
Hill’s 18 points came on a 6-of-11 showing from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. His performance came on the heels of a career-high 23-point effort in the regular-season finale at Air Force. Hank Thorns, who played all 40 minutes for the seventh time in 10 games, totaled 16 points and nine assists, his 13th game with at least nine helpers. J.R. Cadot also had a solid game, recording his third double-double of the year with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.