TCU Concludes Non-Conference Action at SMU

Feb. 7, 2012

GAME #23 - TCU (13-9; 3-4 MW)  at SMU (10-13; 2-7 C-USA)


Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012  //  7 p.m.  //  Dallas, Texas  //  Moody Coliseum (8.998)
Series Record: SMU leads, 101-85  //  Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2011 in Fort Worth (W, 84-64)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Internet: (radio, GameTracker)  //  Television: None
TCU Head Coach:
Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 51-67 (.432) in 4th season  //  Overall: 189-125 (.602) in 10th season
SMU Head Coach: Matt Doherty (North Carolina, ‘84)   
      Record at SMU: 77-103 (.428) in 6th season  //  Overall: 167-174 (.490) in 11th season

FORT WORTH--TCU puts the Mountain West race on hold this week for its final non-conference matchup of the regular season Wednesday, as the Horned Frogs face longtime Metroplex rival SMU in Dallas. Tip-off for the contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Mustangs’ Moody Coliseum.

The Frogs, who have finished the opening half of their Mountain West schedule in sixth place with a 3-4 record, still have two important non-conference goals they can reach against the Mustangs. A victory would give the squad 11 in non-conference play for the first time since 2000-01, when the Frogs went 11-3. TCU, 6-0 this season against in-state opponents, also has an opportunity to finish the regular season undefeated against Texas foes for only the third time in program history (1951-52: 18-0; 1997-98: 9-0).

SMU enters Wednesday’s contest 10-13 on the season and in 12th place in Conference USA with a 2-7 league mark. The squad has dropped five straight games overall and is 6-4 at home. TCU and SMU share six common opponents (Colorado State, Florida Gulf Coast, Ole Miss, Tulsa, Rice and Houston).

The series between the Frogs and Mustangs ranks as the most-played in TCU program history. The teams, former longtime conference rivals in the Southwest Conference (1923-96) and WAC (1996-2001) will meet for the 187th time in 95 years, as well as the eighth straight season. SMU owns a 101-85 advantage in the series, but TCU has won the last three games.

Fans can 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,

* A win would give TCU 11 non-conference victories in the regular season for the first time since 2000-01 (11-3).

* The Frogs also have the opportunity to finish undefeated (7-0) against teams from the state of Texas for only the third time in program history (1951-52: 18-0; 1997-98: 9-0).

* TCU is 10-1 in games decided by six points or fewer. The squad was 2-5 in such contests last season.

* The total matches the program record for wins in a single season by six points or fewer set in 1981-82 (10-6) and later equaled in 1998-99 (10-5).

* The Frogs have outscored opponents by only 32 points in the 10 close wins compared to a margin of 120 points in their other three victories.

* TCU is forcing an average of 16.9 turnovers per game, 1.3 more than any other Mountain West team.  The squad also is No. 2 in the MW and No. 51 nationally in average turnover margin (+2.41). More than 25% of the Frogs’ points this season have come off turnovers (401 of 1,556).

* Hank Thorns is No. 3 in the MW in minutes played (32.91 mpg); No. 4 in assists (4.50 apg) and 3-point percentage (39.5%); No. 6 in 3-pointers made (2.05 3pg); No. 7 in assist/turnover ratio (1.41); tied for No. 8 in steals (1.50 spg); and No. 9 in scoring (12.9 ppg).

* In MW games, Thorns is No. 1 in 3-pointers (2.86 3pg), No. 2 in 3-point shooting (44.4%) and No. 6 in scoring (13.6 ppg).

* Thorns has made at least one 3-pointer in 10 consecutive games, a career-long streak that ranks as the third-longest active streak for all MW players.

* Kyan Anderson, who is averaging 11.4 ppg since the start of MW play, is the only freshman ranked among the league’s top-20 scorers (No. 13) in conference action.

* J.R. Cadot is No. 4 in the MW in offensive rebounds (2.41 rpg); No. 5 in total rebounds (6.5 rpg) and defensive rebounds (4.00 rpg); and No. 8 in steals (1.50 spg).

* Garlon Green is No. 20 in the MW in scoring (10.0 ppg).

* Green’s free-throw shooting rate of 84.1% is on pace to rank just outside of the top-10 season efforts in TCU history.

* TCU is 8-0 when outrebounding the opposition, 8-1 when shooting 45.0% or better from the field and 11-1 when leading at halftime.

No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  5    Kyan Anderson    G    5-11    165    Fr.    8.1 - 1.7 - 2.5
10    Hank Thorns    G    5-9    165    Sr.    12.9 - 2.3 - 4.5
23    J.R. Cadot    G    6-5    210    Sr.    10.0 - 6.4 - 1.5#
33    Garlon Green    G/F    6-7    215    Jr.    10.0 - 3.3 - 0.7
41    Craig Williams    F    6-8    265    Sr.    7.0 - 3.6 - 0.5
No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  2    Shawn Williams    F    6-7    225    So.    6.8 - 3.9 - 1.2#
11    London Giles    G    6-3    185    Jr.    10.6 - 2.6 - 1.2#
12    Jeremiah Samarrippas    G    5-10    160    So.    6.8 - 2.3 - 4.1
21    Jalen Jones    G    6-6    185    Fr.    8.7 - 3.5 - 0.8#
24    Robert Nyakundi    F    6-8    220    Sr.    15.5 - 5.1 - 1.0

^-blocks per game;     #-steals per game;    
*-players determined by starters from each team’s previous game

SMU, 10-13 overall this season and 12th in the Conference USA standings with a 2-7 league mark, enters Wednesday’s game looking to snap a five-game losing streak that includes a pair of home setbacks.

Led by sixth-year head coach Matt Doherty, returned seven lettermen and two starters from last season’s team that finished with a 20-15 overall record, tied for seventh in Conference USA and played in the Tournament. This season, the Mustangs rank among the nation’s leading teams in scoring defense (33rd; 60.7 ppg), 3-point field goals (60th; 7.5 3pg); fewest turnovers (61st; 12.5 tpg); 3-point field goal defense (74th; 31.6%); and average turnover margin (83rd; +1.7).

SMU boasts one of the nation’s top shooters in senior forward Robert Nyakundi, who leads the squad in scoring average at 15.5 ppg. Nyakundi ranks No. 13 nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (45.0%) and No. 51 in 3-pointers made (2.6 3pg), while he also paces the squad in rebounding (5.1 rpg). Sophomore guard Jeremiah Samarrippas tops the Mustangs in assists (4.1 apg).

SMU owns a 101-85 edge in the all-time series, although TCU has taken 16 of the last 21 meetings since 1995. The Mustangs are 63-32 all-time in games played in Dallas, including four wins in the last five contests. The teams have played at least once in all but season since 1921 (2003-04).

TCU vs. SMU – Last 10 Meetings
Date        W/L    Score    Site
March 3, 2001    W    84-76    Dallas
Dec. 18, 2001    W    74-62    Fort Worth
Nov. 24, 2002    L     84-87 (OT)    Dallas
Dec. 12, 2004    W    65-51    Fort Worth
Dec. 30, 2005    L    49-52    Dallas
Dec. 21, 2006    L    62-64    Fort Worth
Dec. 5, 2007    L    65-71    Dallas
Nov. 26, 2008    W    62-44    Fort Worth
Dec. 2, 2009    W    60-53    Dallas
Nov. 16, 2010    W    84-64    Fort Worth

Four Horned Frogs scored in double figures as TCU earned its third consecutive victory over SMU during an 84-64 victory Nov. 11, 2010 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The margin of victory marked the Frogs’ largest over the Mustangs since 1997.
TCU lit up the nets, shooting 53.8% (35-of-65) overall from the floor, including 61.1% (11-of-18) from 3-point range. Sammy Yeager and Garlon Green scored 17 points each to lead the Frogs. Yeager totaled game highs of nine rebounds, all on the defensive end, and four assists while shooting 7-of-14 from the floor. Green went 7-of-10, and both Frogs drilled a pair of treys. Ronnie Moss followed up his 20-point performance in the season opener by totaling 16 points and five assists.

SMU featured three players in double figures. Robert Nyakundi led the squad with 14 points, while Papa Dia and Justin Haynes totaled 11 and 10 points, respectively.

TCU took control of the game midway through the first half with a 20-2 run to climb on top by 20 points, 35-25. Hank Thorns put on a passing clinic, totaling four assists during one three-and-a-half minute stretch. Included in the spurt were a trio of 3-pointers by Moss, Green and Thorns sandwiched around an alley-oop dunk by Green from Thorns.

TCU has posted its most successful non-conference campaign in several years this season with a 10-5 record. The squad wraps up its non-conference slate Wednesday at Metroplex rival SMU.

* TCU’s 10 wins mark its most out of conference since the squad won 10 during 2004-05 season.

* A win at SMU would give the Frogs 11 non-conference wins for the first time since 2000-01, when the squad went 11-3.

* Due to changes in Mountain West membership this season, TCU is playing 16 non-conference games instead of 14, which had been the usual total in recent seasons.

TCU has seen success against its in-state foes since the arrival of head coach Jim Christian to campus.

* The Frogs are 17-3 against Texas teams in the Christian era, including 6-0 this season. TCU is 12-1 against teams from the Lone Star State in its last 13 opportunities.

* TCU will face seven Texas teams in all this season. A Wednesday victory at SMU would give the squad an undefeated record against in-state foes for only the third time in program history and the first time since 1997-98 (9-0). TCU also posted an 18-0 mark in 1951-52 as a member of the Southwest Conference.

* Last year, TCU recorded a 4-1 mark with wins over Texas Tech, SMU, Houston and Prairie View A&M. The lone loss came at Rice.