Frogs Return to MW Action at Home Saturday vs. Rams

Feb. 10, 2012

GAME #24
COLORADO STATE (15-7; 4-3 MW) at TCU (13-10; 3-4 MW)

TCU GAME NOTES //  CSU GAME NOTES // LIVE AUDIO // GAMETRACKER

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012  //  7:30 p.m.  //  Fort Worth, Texas  //  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Television: The Mtn. (DirecTV ch. 616)  //  Talent: Tim Neverett (pxp), Bob Donewald (analyst)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Internet: GoFrogs.com (radio, GameTracker)
Series Record: Tied, 10-10  //  Last Meeting: Jan. 14, 2012 at CSU (L, 89-95 [2ot])
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 51-68 (.429) in 4th season  //  Overall: 189-126 (.600) in 10th season
CSU Head Coach: Tim Miles (Mary, ‘89)   
      Record at CSU: 65-83 (.439) in 5th season  //  Overall: 278-215 (.564) in 17th season


FORT WORTH--TCU returns to conference play this weekend, as it begins the second half of the Mountain West season Saturday against Colorado State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.), is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

TCU returns to the home confines of the DMC with a 13-10 overall record and a 3-4 MW mark after dropping two straight road contests. The Horned Frogs enter the second half of league play in sole possession of sixth place, one game behind CSU and Wyoming for fourth (4-3). TCU is 10-2 at home this season and has won five in a row in Fort Worth dating back to a Dec. 31 home setback to Tulsa. One more victory would give the squad six consecutive home victories for the first time since 2008-09, when it won nine in a row.

The Rams enter Saturday’s game with a 15-7 overall record after closing out the first half of their MW schedule with a 67-49 home win over Air Force. Each of CSU’s three conference losses have come on the road this season, and the squad is 2-6 overall away from Fort Collins, Colo.

CSU tied up the all-time series with TCU at 10-10 with a double-overtime victory Jan. 14 in Fort Collins. The Rams have won three straight meetings and five out of six since the 2008-09 season.

Saturday’s matchup marks TCU’s 15th televised game of the season and its 11th on The Mtn. Tim Neverett (play-by-play) and Bob Donewald (analyst) will handle play-by-play duties. 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, GoFrogs.com.


FROG QUICK NOTES
* A win would give TCU six consecutive wins at home for the first time since 2008-09, when the squad won nine in a row.

* TCU is 10-2 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 (+2.35). More than 25% of the Frogs’ points this season have come off turnovers (422 of 1,618).

* Hank Thorns is No. 3 in the MW in minutes played (33.13 mpg); No. 4 in assists (4.57 apg) and 3-point percentage (38.7%); No. 6 in 3-pointers made (2.00 3pg); No. 7 in assist/turnover ratio (1.42); and tied for No. 9 in steals (1.48 spg) and scoring (12.8 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 11 consecutive games, a career-long streak that ranks as the third-longest active streak for all MW players.

* Thorns needs only nine more assists to climb into the No. 8 spot on TCU’s career assists list (338).

* 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 (2.43 rpg); tied for No. 4 in total rebounds (6.5 rpg); No. 5 in defensive rebounds (4.09 rpg); and No. 8 in steals (1.61 spg).

* Garlon Green is No. 20 in the MW in scoring (10.1 ppg).

* Green’s free-throw shooting rate of 81.1% is on pace to rank just outside of the top-10 season efforts in TCU history.

* TCU is 10-0 when holding opponents to under 47.6% shooting from the field, 8-0 when outrebounding the opposition and 11-1 when leading at halftime.

TCU PROJECTED STARTERS*
No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  4    Amric Fields    F    6-9    215    So.    10.0 - 2.2 - 0.7^
  5    Kyan Anderson    G    5-11    165    Fr.    8.1 - 1.6 - 2.5
10    Hank Thorns    G    5-9    165    Sr.    12.8 - 2.3 - 4.6
23    J.R. Cadot    G    6-5    210    Sr.    10.2 - 6.5 - 1.6#
33    Garlon Green    G/F    6-7    215    Jr.    10.1 - 3.2 - 0.7
    
COLORADO STATE PROJECTED STARTERS*
No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
10    Wes Eikmeier    G    6-3    168    Jr.    15.6 - 1.8 - 2.2
15    Kaipo Sabas    G    5-11    177    Sr.    5.2 - 2.2 - 0.9
22    Dorian Green    G    6-2    192    Jr.    13.5 - 3.8 - 2.5
23    Will Bell    F    6-6    242    Sr.    8.8 - 3.9 - 0.6^
44    Greg Smith    F    6-6    221    Jr.    10.3 - 4.9 - 0.8

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


SCOUTING THE COLORADO STATE RAMS
Colorado, 15-7 this season under fifth-year head coach Tim Miles, enters Saturday’s game tied for fourth place in the Mountain West with a 4-3 league mark. The squad went 11-4 during non-conference play. The Rams are only 2-6 away from Fort Collins and 11-1 when playing at home. Each of the team’s three MW losses has come on the road.

CSU returned seven lettermen and three starters from last season’s group that finished with a 19-13 record after playing in the NIT First Round. The squad placed fourth in the Mountain West standings with a 9-7 league mark. The Rams rank as one of the nation’s top-shooting teams this season, entering the week ranked No. 25 in overall field-goal percentage (48.0%), No. 10 in 3-point rate (40.5%) and No. 6 in free-throw rate (77.1%). The squad averages 71.8 ppg, No. 91 nationally.

Junior guard Wes Eikmeier (15.6 ppg) leads a group of three Rams scoring in double figures that also includes junior guard Dorian Green (13.5 ppg) and junior forward Greg Smith (10.3 ppg). Eikmeier is third in the MW in scoring average, and No. 1 in the MW and No. 14 nationally in free-throw percentage (88.9%). Green leads the team with a 48.2% rate from 3-point range. Junior forward Pierce Hornung is CSU’s top rebounder (8.0 rpg).


INSIDE THE SERIES

TCU and Colorado State will play for the 21st time in the all-time series that is tied at 10-10. CSU, which has won three straight meetings and five out of the last six, is 9-5 with both teams being members of the MW. The Frogs hold a 7-2 advantage in games played in Fort Worth.

TCU vs. Colorado State – Last 10 Games
Date        W/L    Score    Site
Feb. 13, 2007          L    66-82    Fort Collins
Jan. 19, 2008    W    70-58    Fort Collins
Feb. 20, 2008    W    66-64    Fort Worth
Jan. 3, 2009    W    81-67    Fort Worth
Feb. 7, 2009          L    65-71    Fort Collins
Jan. 27, 2010          L    57-63    Fort Collins
Feb. 27, 2010    W    73-67    Fort Worth
Jan. 15, 2011         L    69-79    Fort Collins
Feb. 16, 2011         L    55-69    Fort Worth
Jan. 14, 2012         L    89-95 (2ot)    Fort Collins


LAST WE MET: CSU 95, TCU 89 (2OT)
TCU fought back from an 11-point deficit late in regulation to force overtime, but Colorado State made the plays it needed late during a 95-89 double-overtime win in both team’s Mountain West opener Jan. 14 in Fort Collins, Colo.
 
TCU led by two points with two minutes to play in the final overtime period following a breakaway dunk by Garlon Green. The Rams took control from there. Dorian Green tied the game with a pair of free throws before Will Bell put the squad up for good with a layup on the following CSU possession. Jesse Carr and Will Eikmeier then iced the game at the line, as both went 2-for-2 at the line for the Rams.
 
TCU found itself in a deep hole late in regulation, trailing by 11 points with just over two-and-a-half minutes to play. The squad met the challenge, scoring the final 11 points in the period while holding the Rams scoreless. Amric Fields forced overtime on a pair of free throws that knotted the game at 76-76 with only 3.2 seconds left. Fields later forced a second extra frame, scoring on a running layup with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first overtime after driving across the paint.  

Hank Thorns and Fields led TCU with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Sixteen of Thorns’ career-high-tying point total came in the second half and overtime. Fields also had a strong night from the field, keeping his team in in the game during a sloppy opening period with 12 first-half points. Garlon Green recorded the second double-double of his career, and the first this season, with 14 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.


HOME SWEET HOME AT THE DMC
TCU has notched 436 triumphs in the 49-year history of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and has posted a winning percentage of .629 (436-257) on its home court.

* TCU is 10-2 overall at home this season, including 3-0 in Mountain West play. The squad has won five games in a row at the DMC for the first time since 2008-09, when the Frogs posted a nine-game winning streak.

* TCU has recorded 10 home wins this season for the 12th time in the last 15 years. Over that period, the Frogs have accumulated a 188-85 (.689) record at the DMC.

* Among the Frogs who enjoy playing at home is J.R. Cadot, who owns a career field-goal shooting percentage of 61.2% (90-of-147) at the DMC. Hank Thorns leads the Frogs this season in home scoring average (12.3 ppg). Craig Williams is tops in field-goal percentage (54.7%), while Garlon Green is No. 1 in free-throw shooting (85.0%).