Frogs Make First Trip to Boise Saturday

Feb. 17, 2012

GAME #26
TCU (15-10; 5-4 MW) at BOISE STATE (12-12; 2-7 MW)

TCU GAME NOTES   //  BSU GAME NOTES   //  LIVE AUDIO   //  LIVE STATS

GAME DAY INFORMATION
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012  //  2 p.m. MST  //  Boise, Idaho  //  Taco Bell Arena (12,380)
Television: The Mtn. (DirecTV ch. 616)  //  Talent: Rich Cellini (pxp), Andrea Lloyd (analyst)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Internet: GoFrogs.com (radio, GameTracker)
Series Record: Tied, 1-1  //  Last Meeting: Jan. 21, 2012 in Fort Worth (W, 54-52)
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 53-68 (.438) in 4th season  //  Overall: 191-126 (.602) in 10th season
BSU Head Coach: Leon Rice (Washington State, ‘86)   
      Record at BSU: 34-25 (.576) in 2nd season  //  Overall: 34-25 (.576) in 2nd season


FORT WORTH--Fresh off its biggest victory in several seasons at home, TCU begins a two-game road trip Saturday when it faces Boise State at the Broncos’ Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.  Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.), is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST.

The Horned Frogs, currently on a two-game winning streak and 15-10 overall, enter the weekend in sole possession of fourth place in the Mountain West standings with a 5-4 league mark following Wednesday’s home win over No. 11 UNLV. Next up on TCU’s to-do list is to turn its road fortunes around, as the squad is 0-5 in league play away from Fort Worth and has dropped six straight decisions overall. Another victory also would match the squad’s top overall total in conference play since joining the MW.

Boise State enters Saturday’s matchup on its best streak since early December following consecutive victories at Air Force and at home against Colorado State. The wins helped the Broncos even up their overall season record at 12-12 while tying the Falcons for seventh place in the MW standings at 2-7. BSU is 10-4 overall at home this season.

TCU will look for the season sweep of the Broncos after earning a 54-52 victory in the first matchup back on Jan. 21 in Fort Worth. Boise State took the only previous matchup in the series with a 69-43 victory on Dec. 23, 1977 in Reno, Nev.

Saturday’s matchup marks TCU’s 17th televised game of the season and its 13th on The Mtn. Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Andrew Lloyd (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
* TCU already has its most victories in a season since the 2004-05 team went 21-15. The squad is above .500 in league play this late in a season for the first time since 2003-04

* TCU is 12-2 in games decided by six points or fewer, two more wins than the previous school record for victories within the margin.

* The Frogs have outscored opponents by only 41 points in the 12 close wins compared to a margin of 120 points in their other three victories.

* TCU is forcing an average of 16.7 turnovers per game, 1.3 more than any other Mountain West team.

* TCU is No. 2 in the MW and No. 51 nationally in average turnover margin (+2.40) and No. 3 in the MW in free-throw shooting (69.7%). The squad leads all league teams in 3-pointers made in conference play (8.89 3pg).

* TCU has hit at least 12 3’s in three of the last four games.

* Hank Thorns is tied for No. 1 in the MW in minutes played (33.40 mpg); No. 3 in 3-pointers made (2.28 3pg); No. 4 in assists (4.60 apg) and 3-point percentage (40.7%); No. 5 in scoring (13.7 ppg); No. 7 in assist/turnover ratio (1.47); and No. 9 in steals (1.56 spg).

* In MW play, Thorns is No. 1 in 3-point shooting (47.0%) and 3’s made (3.44 3pg) and tied for No. 3 in scoring (15.8 ppg).

* Thorns has made at least one 3-pointer in 13 consecutive games, a career-long streak that ranks as the second-longest active streak for all MW players.

* J.R. Cadot is 8-of-14 on 3’s over the last four games and has scored at least 14 points each time out, a career-long streak.

* 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).

* Kyan Anderson, who is averaging 10.1 ppg in MW play, is the only freshman ranked among the league’s top-20 scorers (t-No. 19) in conference action. He also is the top freshman in minutes played (No. 5; 35.44 mpg) and is No. 8 player in the MW in assists for all contests (2.92) apg).

* Anderson’s 73 assists mark the most by a TCU freshman since Corey Santee posted a freshman-record 180 in 2001-02.

* Garlon Green is No. 18 in the MW in scoring (10.2 ppg).

* TCU is 10-0 when holding opponents to under 47.6% shooting from the field, 9-0 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        
  2    Connell Crossland    F    6-7    195    Jr.    2.2 - 3.0 - 0.8
  5    Kyan Anderson    G    5-11    165    Fr.    7.9 - 1.6 - 2.9
10    Hank Thorns    G    5-9    165    Sr.    13.7 - 2.5 - 4.6
23    J.R. Cadot    G    6-5    210    Sr.    10.6 - 6.8 - 1.6#
41    Craig Williams    F    6-8    265    Sr.    7.6 - 3.7 - 0.5

BOISE STATE PROJECTED STARTERS*
No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  2    Derrick Marks    G    6-3    206    Fr.    9.0 - 3.3 - 2.0
  3    Anthony Drmic    F    6-6    200    Fr.    12.4 - 5.0 - 2.1
  5    Joe Hanstad    G    6-4    193    Fr.    3.8 - 1.4 - 0.6
10    Tre’ Nichols    G    6-11    170    Sr.    4.9 - 0.6 - 1.2
42    Kenny Buckner    C    6-7    251    Jr.    8.8 - 4.6 - 0.6
^-blocks per game;     #-steals per game;    
*-players determined by starters from each team’s previous game


SCOUTING THE BOISE STATE BRONCOS
Boise State, 12-12 overall this season and tied for seventh place in the Mountain West standings with Air Force at 2-7, enters Saturday on a two-game winning streak following wins at Air Force (72-61) and at home against Colorado State (70-69). The Broncos posted a 10-5 record in non-conference competition.

BSU returned five lettermen and two starters from last season’s team that finished with a 22-13 overall record while advancing to the third round of the CBI Tournament. The Broncos placed second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 10-6 league mark. This season, the squad ranks No. 2 in the MW in 3-pointers (8.08 3pg) and is No. 3 in offensive rebounding (11.25 orpg).

Freshman guard Anthony Drmic, who ranks No. 11 in the MW in scoring (12.4), leads the Broncos’ offensive attack, while fellow freshman guard Derrick Marks is second (9.0 ppg). Drmic also is No. 6 in the league in 3-point shooting rate (34.9%) and 3’s made (2.22 3pg). Drmic also is No. 7 in the MW in rebounding (5.0 rpg), while senior Westly Perryman is the team leader in terms of assists (2.6 apg).


INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU tied up the all-time series with Boise State at 1-1 with its home win over the Broncos last month. The only previous meeting was a 69-43 BSU victory on Dec. 23, 1977 in the Wolf Pack Classic in Reno, Nev.

TCU vs. Boise State – All-Time Series
Date        W/L    Score    Site
Dec. 23, 1977    L    43-69    Reno, Nev.
Jan. 21, 2012    W    54-52    Fort Worth


LAST WE MET: TCU 54, BSU 52
TCU shook off a 15-point deficit with 10 minutes to play against Boise State to complete its largest rally since 2008, 54-52, Jan. 21, 2012 in Fort Worth. Kyan Anderson led the Frogs with a game-high 16 points, and TCU held the Broncos without a basket for more than an 11-and-a-half minute stretch during the comeback.

TCU, desperate for a victory after dropping each of its first two MW contests on the road, appeared to be headed toward a third straight loss before coming alive late.

Trailing by 15 with just over 10 minutes left, Anderson started the rally with a 3-pointer. Following a pair of Bronco free throws, TCU rattled off the next 18 points over a period of 7:36. Hank Thorns led the charge with seven points, including the final five that put TCU on top. He first gave the Frogs their first lead since early in the opening half, 52-50, on a 3-pointer from the left wing, then made it a four-point advantage on a layup at the 1:15 mark.

Anderson led TCU in scoring for the second straight game, making 6-of-9 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He almost singlehandedly kept the Frogs in the game while the squad struggled offensively in the opening half, scoring 10 points in the period. Thorns also reached double figures with 12 points while again coming up big in the clutch with 10 following halftime. Craig Williams chipped in seven points and a team-high six rebounds.


TCU SHOCKS NO. 11 UNLV AT DMC
Hank Thorns led TCU back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to take down No. 11 UNLV in overtime Tuesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 102-97. The win extended TCU’s home winning streak to seven games and five straight in Mountain West play.

TCU appeared to be down and out, trailing by as many as 18 points overall in the second half and 15 with only 9:35 remaining before taking the game over. The Frogs went on an 18-4 run to cut the lead to only one point with 3:18 to play. Thorns scored the final points on a 3-pointer that pushed the score to 81-80, then later tied the game by adding his seventh trey with 2:55 remaining as the shot clock wound down.

The Frogs controlled the overtime period from start to finish, leading the entire frame while outscoring the Rebels 17-12. Thorns, who scored eight of the Frogs’ points in overtime, drilled his final 3-pointer to put TCU on top by five with 1:17 remaining, and Green hit back-to-back free throws with 11 seconds left to push the lead to six points put the victory on ice.

Thorns was the star of the show, leading a group of five Frogs who scored in double figures by scoring a career-high 32 points and making 8-of-12 3-pointers. J.R. Cadot also shined for the Frogs, totaling 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Fields finished as TCU’s second-leading scorer with 17 points, while he added a career-high seven rebounds. Green scored 13 points and Craig Williams totaled 10 in only 13 minutes of action.


TCU-UNLV POSTGAME NOTES
* Hank Thorns scored a career-high 32 points, breaking his previous high of 22 points set during the Jan. 25 home win over Air Force. The 32 points tied for the third-highest total by a Mountain West player this season.

* Thorns’ eight 3-pointers broke his previous best of four and tied for the second-highest single-game total ever by a Horned Frog. Michael Strickland set the school record with nine against Arkansas on Feb. 14, 1990.

* TCU’s 14 3-pointers tied for the No. 7 total in TCU history. The Frogs have hit 14 or more on 14 separate occasions.

* TCU is 2-1 in overtime this season. It posted a 70-68 road win at Evansville on Dec. 3 before falling to Colorado State in double-overtime on Jan. 14, 95-89.

* J.R. Cadot recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

* Amric Fields set a career rebounding high with seven boards.

* TCU outrebounded UNLV by a 19-7 margin in the game’s final 16:33 when accounting for the five-minute overtime.

* Forward Connell Crossland earned his first career start for TCU.


SIGNATURE WIN
TCU delivered the signature victory it was looking for during a Feb. 14 overtime comeback over No. 11 UNLV.

* TCU snapped a 15-game losing streak against ranked opponents dating back to a 71-66 home win over No. 14 Air Force on Feb. 24, 2007.

* The 11th-ranked Rebels were the highest-rated opponent defeated by TCU since a 71-46 home win over No. 10 Louisville on Feb. 17, 2004.

* The 18-point comeback marked the largest deficit erased in victory by a TCU squad since at least the 1999-2000 season. TCU has won two games this season in which it has trailed by at least 15 points.


DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
TCU has posted three comeback victories this season in which it trailed by 10 or more points at one point.

* TCU recorded the largest comeback for the program dating back until at least prior to the 1999-2000 season when it overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half of its Feb. 14 win over No. 11 UNLV. Only 13:48 remained in the game before the Frogs made their final run at the Rebels.

* TCU’s Jan. 21 home win over Boise State saw the Frogs overcome a 15-point deficit with 10:24 remaining. The comeback marked the largest for the Frogs in victory in Jim Christian’s four-year tenure prior to the UNLV win.

* TCU erased a 10-point deficit earlier this season during its Jan. 4 home win against Rice.

* TCU now has five double-digit comebacks in Christian’s stint as head coach when including two in his first three seasons: 12 points vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 6, 2008) and 11 points at SMU (Dec. 2, 2009).


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.

* TCU is 12-2 in games decided by six points or fewer overall this season. The squad went only 2-5 in such contests last year.

* The 12 victories have been by a combined 41 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 five 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.

* TCU is 2-1 this season in overtime with wins Dec. 3 at Evansville and Feb. 14 at UNLV.

* 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 in overtime Dec. 3 at Evansville.


LATE STOPS
TCU has come up with strong defensive stands late in its five Mountain West wins over Boise State (Jan. 21), Air Force (Jan. 25), Wyoming (Feb. 1), Colorado State (Feb. 11) and No. 11 UNLV (Feb. 14).

* TCU held the four opponents to only a 35.6% overall field-goal shooting rate during the final 10 minutes of the contests while itself shooting at a rate of 52.9%.

* TCU held UNLV to only eight points in the final 6:12 of regulation and outrebounded the Rebels by a 19-7 count over the last 16-plus minutes of the game when including overtime.

* TCU held Colorado State to only two free throws in the final 3:18 while outscoring the Rams 8-2 to end the game.

* Wyoming had only two field goals in the final seven minutes of TCU’s Feb. 1 home victory. The Cowboys shot only 30.4% overall in the second half after a 52.0% opening stanza.

* TCU held Boise State (Jan. 21) and Air Force (Jan. 25) to a combined three field goals in the final nine minutes of the two games. The squads shot only 17.6% (3-of-17) with eight turnovers during the final stretch.