TCU Opens CBI at Home Tuesday vs. Milwaukee

March 12, 2012

Game #32 - CBI Presented by Zebra Pen - First Round
TCU (17-14; 7-7 MW) vs. MILWAUKEE (20-13; 11-7 HORIZON)


Tuesday, March 13, 2012  //  7 p.m.  //  Fort Worth, Texas  //  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Television: None  //  Internet: (GameTracker)
Series Record: First Meeting
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 55-72 (.433) in 4th season  //  Overall: 193-130 (.598) in 10th season
Milwaukee Head Coach: Rob Jeter (UW-Platteville, ‘91)   
      Record at UWM: 121-102 (.445) in 7th season  //  Overall: 121-102 (.445) in 7th season

FORT WORTH--TCU makes its first national postseason tournament appearance in seven seasons Tuesday when it plays host to Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Tip-off for the contest at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets for Tuesday's game are available for purchase through the TCU Athletics Ticket Office. Prices have been set at $15 for general admission, $8 for youth ages 12 and younger and $5 for TCU students. Due to the nature of the postseason tournament, all TCU students will need to purchase a game ticket in order to gain entrance.

TCU, 17-14 overall this season, has earned its first postseason tourney berth since reaching the 2005 NIT quarterfinals. The Frogs will open the CBI in the home confines of the DMC, where the squad has posted a 13-3 record this season, its best home mark since going 14-3 in 2004-05. The matchup against Milwaukee will be the first time that TCU has played host to a postseason tournament game since a March 17, 1999 NIT quarterfinal contest against Oregon.

The Frogs look for a fresh start in the postseason following a disappointing stretch to end the season that extended into last week’s Mountain West Championship. The squad has suffered three straight losses for the first time in 2011-12, including last week’s MW quarterfinal-round exit at the hands of Colorado State (81-60).

Milwaukee earned a CBI bid after posting a 20-13 overall record this season and tying for third place in the Horizon League regular-season standings with an 11-7 conference mark. The Panthers reached the second round of their league tournament before bowing out to Butler, 71-49, in Valparaiso, Ind.

TCU and Milwaukee will be meeting for the first time ever, although the Panthers have played two games at the DMC. The squad posted victories over Texas State and Colgate in the 2009 Preseason NIT held in Fort Worth.

Tuesday’s contest will not be televised. Fans can follow the contest on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 1460 AM KCLE with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) calling the action. There will be no live online stream of the radio broadcast for the game, although a link to live stats will be available via TCU’s official athletics website,

* TCU has earned its first postseason tournament appearance since reaching the quarterfinals of the 2005 NIT. The Frogs will play at home in the postseason for the first time since a March 17, 1999 NIT quarterfinal matchup against Oregon.

* TCU earned its highest finish in the Mountain West this season after posting its highest win total (seven) in seven seasons as a league member. The Frogs played only 14 league games this season, two fewer than in past years (16).

* TCU has guaranteed itself a winning record for the first time since 2004-05 (21-14). The squad’s 17 victories are three more than in any season since 2004-05.

* TCU entered MW play ranked dead last among the eight league teams averaging only 5.67 3pg, but hit 9.00 3pg in MW contests to lead the league.  The team also led the MW with a 38.2% 3-point shooting rate in league games after entering conference play ranked No. 7 (34.4%).

* TCU is 13-4 in games decided by six points or fewer, three more wins than the previous school record for games within the margin. The wins total is believed to lead all teams nationally this season.

* The Frogs have outscored opponents by only 44 points in the 13 close wins compared to a margin of 139 points in their other four victories.

* TCU is averaging 15.6 turnovers forced per game, 0.4 more per game than any other Mountain West team. The squad is No. 2 in the MW in average turnover margin (+1.94) and No. 3 in scoring (71.5 ppg).

* TCU ranks among the nation’s top-100 teams in average turnover margin (61st), 3-pointers made (84th), scoring (88th) and 3-point shooting percentage (96th).

* Hank Thorns is No. 1 in the MW in minutes played (34.03 mpg); No. 2 in assists (4.61 apg); No. 3 in 3-pointers (2.27 3pg); No. 4 in 3-point percentage (39.5%); and No. 6 in No. 7 in scoring (13.5 ppg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.59).

* In MW play, Thorns ranked No. 1 in 3’s made (3.00 3pg); No. 2 in 3-point shooting (43.3%); No. 3 in assists (4.36 apg); No. 4 in scoring (14.4 ppg); and No. 6 in assist/turnover ratio (1.61).

* Thorns has reached both the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones for his career this season.

* Thorns has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 consecutive games, a career-long streak that ranks as the second-longest active streak for all MW players.

* J.R. Cadot has scored in double figures a career-high nine times in the last 10 outings. He is averaging team-high figures of 15.2 ppg and 8.4 rpg over the last five contests alone.

* Cadot is No. 3 in the MW in offensive rebounds (2.84 rpg); No. 5 in in total boards (7.0 rpg); No. 6 in defensive boards (4.13 rpg); No. 7 in steals (1.52 spg); and No. 16 in scoring (11.3 ppg).

* Kyan Anderson, the MW Freshman of the Year, was the only freshman ranked among the MW’s top-20 scorers in league play (9.8 ppg; 19th), while he also was tops in assist/turnover ratio (1.48; No. 7 overall) and minutes played (34.64 mpg; No. 6). His 2.84-assist average for all games ranks No. 8 overall.

* Anderson’s 87 assists mark the most by a TCU freshman since Corey Santee posted a freshman-record 180 in 2001-02.

* Anderson’s next start will be his 21st this season, which would be the most by a freshman in Jim Christian’s TCU tenure and the most by any Frog freshman overall since Femi Ibikunle in 2003-04 (28).

* Amric Fields, the MW Sixth Man of the Year, finished league play as the top scorer with five starts or fewer (9.6 ppg; T-No. 20 overall).

* TCU is 10-0 when outrebounding the opponent and 11-1 when holding teams to under 47.6% shooting from the field.


No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  2    Connell Crossland    F    6-7    195    Jr.    2.5 - 3.4 - 0.8
  5    Kyan Anderson    G    5-11    165    Fr.    8.1 - 1.5 - 2.8
10    Hank Thorns    G    5-9    165    Sr.    13.5 - 2.6 - 4.6
23    J.R. Cadot    G    6-5    210    Sr.    11.3 - 7.0 - 1.5#
41    Craig Williams    F    6-8    265    Sr.    7.8 - 3.8 - 0.5

No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  2    Kaylon Williams    G    6-3    185    Sr.    10.8 - 5.0 - 6.4
  4    Ryan Allen    G    6-3    200    Sr.    8.6 - 5.1 - 1.2^
14    Paris Gulley    G    6-2    170    Jr.    8.6 - 2.5 - 0.8
21    Tony Meier    F    6-8    210    Sr.    11.0 - 4.9 - 0.8
42    James Haarsma    F    6-7    230    Jr.    10.7 - 5.5 - 0.7

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

Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 20-13 this season under seventh-year head coach Rob Jeter, tied for third place this season in the Horizon League with an 11-7 conference record. The Panthers reached the second round of the conference tournament before falling to Butler, 71-49, in Valparaiso, Ind.

Milwaukee has been one of the nation’s top defensive teams this season, ranking No. 5 in 3-point field-goal defense (28.3%) and No. 52 in scoring defense (61.9 ppg). Senior forward Tony Meier (11.0 ppg) leads a group of four Panthers averaging double figures in points along with senior guard Kaylon Williams (10.8 ppg), junior forward James Haarsma (10.7 ppg) and junior guard Ja’Rob McCallum (10.0 ppg). Williams ranks No. 10 nationally in assists (6.4 apg), while senior guard Ryan Allen is the team’s leader in blocked shots (1.2 bpg).

TCU will be playing in a national postseason tournament for the 14th time in its history with an appearance in this season’s College Basketball Invitational.

* TCU has made seven all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament with a 5-7 record. The Frogs posted their best showing in 1968 by advancing to the Regional Championship of the Midwest Regional.

* TCU made its last NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998, when it lost to Florida State in the First Round of the Midwest Regional.

* TCU has made six appearances all-time in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) with a combined record of 9-6. Three times the Frogs have reached the quarterfinals, including during their last appearance in 2005.

Home TCU crowds at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum have seen the Frogs play their best ball in several seasons during the squad’s 13-3 run at home.

* TCU’s 13-3 record at the DMC marked the best single-season home record since 2004-05 (14-3).

* Prior to the regular-season-ending loss to No. 21 San Diego State, TCU won eight consecutive home games for the first time since 2008-09 (nine) and six straight conference home contests for the first time since 1997-98, when the Frogs went 7-0 during their perfect 14-0 WAC campaign.

* 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 191-86 (.690) record at the DMC.

* TCU owns an all-time record of 438-258 (.629) at the DMC.