TCU Hosts UNLV Tuesday in Key Mountain West Matchup

Feb. 13, 2012

Game #25
TCU (14-10; 4-4 MW) vs. #14/16 UNLV (22-4; 6-2 MW)

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GAME DAY INFORMATION
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012  //  6:30 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:
UNLV leads, 17-2  //  Last Meeting: Jan. 18, 2012 in Las Vegas (L, 78-101)
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 52-68 (.433) in 4th season  //  Overall: 190-126 (.601) in 10th season
UNLV Head Coach: Dave Rice (UNLV, ‘91)   
      Record at UNLV: 22-4 (.846) in 1st season  //  Overall: 22-4 (.846) in 1st season


FORT WORTH--TCU plays host to a ranked opponent for the first time this season when it faces No. 14 UNLV Tuesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.), is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Horned Frogs enter Tuesday’s matchup with the Runnin’ Rebels 14-10 overall and tied for fourth place in the Mountain West standings with Colorado State and Wyoming. A victory over UNLV would put TCU above the .500 mark in league play this late in the season for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Also on the line is a six-game home winning streak that marks the squad’s longest since 2008-09 (nine). Included among the streak is a string of four straight Mountain West victories, the most for the Horned Frogs in league play since 2000-01 (five).

UNLV, currently tied for first place in the MW alongside San Diego State with a 6-2 league mark, is 22-4 overall and ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Rebels grabbed a 65-63 victory over the Aztecs Saturday in Las Vegas to rebound from a loss at Wyoming (68-66). Both of UNLV’s conference losses have come on the road.

UNLV won this season’s previous matchup with TCU by a 101-78 count in Las Vegas to take a 17-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Rebels have won six straight meetings with the Frogs.

Tuesday’s matchup marks TCU’s 16th televised game of the season and its 12th on The Mtn. Tim Neverett (play-by-play) and Bob Donewald (analyst) will handle play-by-play duties for the second straight contest. 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 put TCU above the .500 mark in league play this late in a season for the first time since 2003-04 (6-5 on Feb. 17).

* TCU’s four-game conference home winning streak is its longest since winning five in a row at the DMC in 2000-01.

* TCU is 11-2 in games decided by six points or fewer, which sets a school record for victories within the margin.

* The Frogs have outscored opponents by only 36 points in the 11 close wins compared to a margin of 120 points in their other three victories.

* TCU is forcing an average of 16.8 turnovers per game, 1.2 more than any other Mountain West team.

* TCU is No. 3 in the MW and No. 55 nationally in average turnover margin (+2.29) and No. 3 in the MW in free-throw shooting (70.5%). The squad leads all league teams in 3-pointers made in conference play (8.25 3pg).

* J.R. Cadot is 6-of-10 on 3-pointers over the last three games after entering the stretch only 6-of-24 for the season. He is averaging a team-best 14.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg in the three games.

* Cadot is No. 4 in the MW in offensive rebounds (2.42 rpg); No. 5 in total rebounds (6.5 rpg) and defensive rebounds (4.13 rpg); No. 8 in steals (1.54 spg) and No. 17 in scoring (10.4 ppg).

* Hank Thorns needs only three assists to move into a tie for No. 7 on TCU’s career list (Mike Jones, Thomas McTyer).

* Thorns is tied for No. 1 in the MW in minutes played (33.21 mpg); No. 4 in assists (4.63 apg) and 3-point percentage (38.3%); No. 6 in 3-pointers made (2.04 3pg); No. 7 in assist/turnover ratio (1.48); tied for No. 8 in scoring (12.9 ppg); and No. 9 in steals (1.46 spg).

* In MW games, Thorns is No. 1 in 3-pointers (2.88 3pg), No. 2 in 3-point shooting (42.6%) and No. 6 in scoring (13.8 ppg).

* Thorns has made at least one 3-pointer in 12 consecutive games, a career-long streak that ranks as the third-longest active streak for all MW players.

* Kyan Anderson, who is averaging 10.3 ppg in MW play, is the only freshman ranked among the league’s top-20 scorers (T-No. 18) in conference action.

* Anderson also leads all freshmen in minutes played in MW games (No. 5; 34.88 mpg).

* Garlon Green is No. 19 in the MW in scoring (10.1 ppg).

* 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 holding the lead at halftime.


TCU PROJECTED STARTERS*

No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  5    Kyan Anderson    G    5-11    165    Fr.    7.9 - 1.5 - 2.8
10    Hank Thorns    G    5-9    165    Sr.    12.9 - 2.4 - 4.6
23    J.R. Cadot    G    6-5    210    Sr.    10.4 - 6.5 - 1.5#
24    Adrick McKinney    F    6-8    260    Jr.    5.7 - 4.1 - 0.8#
33    Garlon Green    G/F    6-7    215    Jr.    10.1 - 3.2 - 0.7
    
UNLV PROJECTED STARTERS*
No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  0    Oscar Bellfield    G    6-2    185    Sr.    10.0 - 2.3 - 5.3
  3    Anthony Marshall    G    6-3    200    Jr.    11.6 - 4.7 - 5.1
12    Brice Massamba    C    6-10    240    Sr.    5.8 - 3.3 - 0.8
22    Chace Stanback    F    6-8    210    Sr.    13.3 - 4.5 - 1.4
43    Mike Moser    F    6-8    195    So.    14.7 - 11.4 - 2.0#

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


SCOUTING THE UNLV REBELS
UNLV, 22-4 overall this season and 6-2 in Mountain West play, looks to keep a grip on a share of first place in the league standings vs. the Frogs. While the Rebels have been untouchable at home with a 14-0 record, its four MW road games have featured two losses (San Diego State and Wyoming) and two overtime wins (Boise State and Air Force).

The Rebels rank among the nation’s top teams in several categories: No. 2 in assists (18.5 apg); No. 9 in scoring (80.0 ppg); No. 10 in scoring margin (+14.3 ppg); No. 14 in assist/turnover ratio (1.37); No. 16 in 3-pointers (8.5 3pg); No. 27 in steals (8.6 spg); No. 33 in blocked shots (5.0 bpg); and No. 34 in field-goal percentage (47.4%) and rebound margin (+5.5).

Sophomore forward Mike Moser is one of the leading candidates for MW Player of the Year, averaging team-best totals of 14.7 ppg and 11.4 rpg. His rebounding average ranks No. 3 nationally. Senior forward Chace Stanback is second on the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), while junior guard Anthony Marshall (11.6 ppg) and senior guard Oscar Bellfield (10.0 ppg) also average double figures. Bellfield (5.35 apg) leads the MW in assists, and Stanback is tops in 3-point shooting (44.3%).


INSIDE THE SERIES
UNLV has won 17 of 19 games in the all-time series with TCU, including 13 of 14 since the Frogs joined the Mountain West prior to the 2005-06 season. TCU is 1-9 against the squad in Fort Worth, with its lone road victory coming in head coach Jim Christian’s first MW game on Jan. 10, 2009, 80-73.

TCU vs. UNLV – Last 10 Games
Date        W/L    Score    Site
Jan. 30, 2008        L    58-70    Fort Worth
March 1, 2008        L    55-74    Las Vegas
March 13, 2008        L    88-89    Las Vegas
Jan. 10, 2009    W    80-73    Fort Worth
Feb. 10, 2009        L    57-71    Las Vegas
Jan. 23, 2010        L    70-79    Fort Worth
Feb. 24, 2010        L    62-78    Las Vegas
Jan. 8, 2011        L    49-83    Las Vegas
Feb. 9, 2011        L    94-79    Fort Worth
Jan. 18, 2012        L    78-101    Las Vegas


LAST WE MET: UNLV 101, TCU 78
Kyan Anderson and Adrick McKinney both recorded career scoring highs as TCU dropped a 101-78 decision to No. 14 UNLV in Las Vegas on Jan. 18. The Runnin’ Rebels shot 57.8% from the field against the Frogs and sank 11 3-pointers

UNLV opened the game with a fury, scoring the contest’s first eight points and 19 of the first 21. The squad led by 21 points less than eight minutes into the game and coasted from there. TCU was able to climb to within 13 late in the first half before the Rebels pulled away after halftime.

Anderson led TCU with a then-career-high 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting. He also pulled down a career-best six rebounds and added two steals. McKinney scored 16 points while making 7-of-12 shots from the field.  Also reaching double figures for the Frogs were Amric Fields, who scored 12 points, and Hank Thorns and J.R. Cadot, who finished with 11 points each.

UNLV had two players break the 20-point barrier in Anthony Marshall, who scored 27, and Chace Stanback, who totaled 22. Marshall went 11-of-18 from the field while recording a game-high nine assists. Stanback was 7-of-11 on field goals, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Mike Moser also had a big game, totaling 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.


TCU EXTENDS HOME WIN STREAK

TCU won another close one at home Saturday, downing visiting Colorado State, 75-71, to win its sixth straight game at the DMC. Craig Williams returned from a one-game absence to lead the Frogs with 20 points.

TCU found itself trailing by two points, 69-67, with three minutes remaining until it took control of the contest with yet another late clutch performance. The squad rattled off six straight points while holding CSU to only a pair of free throws in the final 3:18.

Williams got things started with a tip-in off his own missed shot underneath to tie the game at the 2:25 mark, then added a pair of free throw two possessions later to put TCU up for good. Kyan Anderson, held scoreless to that point, provided the game’s biggest play inside the final minute, recording a steal from behind against Ram guard Wes Eikmeier, who then fouled Anderson to send him to the free-throw line. The Fort Worth native sank both shots to push the advantage to four, 73-69.

Williams led a TCU 3-point barrage, hitting 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. TCU finished the evening tying its season high with 12 treys on 27 attempts. Hank Thorns finished the contest with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds, while J.R. Cadot totaled 14 points, seven boards and three assists. Garlon Green added 10 points.


TCU-CSU POSTGAME NOTES
* TCU improved to 14-10 overall, matching the most victories for the team since the 2004-05 squad finished 21-14.

* TCU matched a season best by sinking 12 shots from 3-point range, also recorded in road games at Colorado State (Jan. 14) and San Diego State (Feb. 4).

* Craig Williams recorded TCU’s ninth individual 20-point performance of the season and the second of his career.

* Williams matched his season total in 3-pointers entering the game by hitting 4-of-5 attempts against the Rams.

* Hank Thorns extended his career-best streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer to 12, finishing with three treys.

* Kyan Anderson set a career high with eight assists, surpassing his previous best of seven set during the Jan. 11 home win over UT Pan American.

* Connell Crossland matched a career high with eight points, while he also pulled down seven boards, his third-best total.

* J.R. Cadot sank two 3-pointers to run his total to six over the last three games. He had made only six all season prior to the current stretch.


HOME SWEET HOME AT THE DMC
Home TCU crowds at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum have seen the Frogs play their best ball in several seasons, as the squad enters Tuesday with an 11-2 record while playing at the DMC.

* TCU’s 11-2 record at the DMC marks its best home start to a season since the 2000-01 squad posted a mark of 16-1.

* TCU has won six consecutive home games for the first time since 2008-09 (nine) and four straight conference home contests for the first time since 2000-01 (five).

* The main contributing factor for TCU’s recent home streak is defense and ball security. The squad is holding opponents to only 43.6% shooting from the field while turning the ball over at a rate of only 11.6 tpg.

* 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 189-85 (.690) record at the DMC.

* TCU owns an all-time record of 436-257 (.629) at the DMC.


GOOD THINGS COME IN 3’S
TCU has been a strong 3-point shooting team this season, especially during Mountain West play.

* TCU has made at least six 3-pointers in each of the last seven games. The squad has recorded 12 treys three times in the last nine contests.

* TCU entered conference play ranked dead last among the eight Mountain West teams averaging only 5.67 3pg, but has hit 8.25 3pg in MW contests, which is tops in the league. The team’s shooting rage of 37.3% in conference play ranks No. 2.

* Hank Thorns is No. 1 in 3-pointers (2.88 3pg) in MW games and No. 2 in 3-point shooting (42.6%). He is No. 6 (2.04 3pg) and No. 4 (38.3%) in the respective categories for all games.

* Thorns has made at least one trey in 12 consecutive games, a career-long streak that ranks as the third-longest active streak for all MW players. Only Wyoming’s Luke Martinez (20) and New Mexico’s Phillip McDonald (13) own longer active streaks.

* J.R. Cadot has picked up his game from outside recently, going 6-of-10 on 3’s over the last three games. He entered the stretch only 6-of-24 on the season.

* Of the six Frogs with at least 10 attempts during conference play, five are shooting at least 37%: Thorns (42.6%), Cadot (42.9%), Kyan Anderson (44.0%), Craig Williams (46.2%) and Amric Fields (37.0%).


MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENT
The TCU program has made measurable strides in head coach Jim Christian’s fourth year guiding the program. Among the accomplishments still within the Frogs’ reach this season are:

* TCU needs one more win to clinch at least a .500 record in the regular season for the first time since going 19-13 in 2004-05. It would mark the squad's 15th victory overall, also the most since 2004-05.

* Three wins in the final six games will also give TCU its first .500 record in conference play since an 8-8 mark in 2004-05.

* TCU has its best conference mark this late in a season since 2003-04 (5-4).

* The Frogs are shooting for their first postseason tournament appearance since reaching the quarterfinals of the 2005 NIT.

* TCU’s 11 home wins already rank as its most since going 13-4 in 2007-08. The squad’s current home winning rate of 84.7% would be its best since going 16-1 in 2000-01 (94.1%).


CARDIAC KIDS
TCU has shown the ability to win close games this season, setting a program single-season record for wins by six points or fewer with 11.

* TCU is 11-2 in games decided by six points or fewer overall this season. The squad went only 2-5 in such contests last year.

* The 11 victories have been by a combined 36 points. The squad’s other three wins have been by a total of 120 points (vs. Austin College, vs. Grambling State and vs. UTPA).

* Each of TCU’s four Mountain West wins have been by six points or fewer. One loss, Jan. 14 at Colorado State, came in double-overtime after the Frogs scored the final 10 points of regulation.

* Two of TCU’s wins this season have come at the buzzer. J.R. Cadot delivered the winning layup at the buzzer during a Nov. 26 road win at Houston, while Hank Thorns delivered game-tying buckets in regulation (3-pointer; 0:20) and overtime (layup; 1:00) and the winning layup with 1.4 seconds left in overtime during a Dec. 3 overtime win at Evansville.