TCU Travels to Oregon State Monday for CBI Quarterfinals

March 18, 2012

Game #33 - CBI presented by Zebra Pen - Quarterfinals
TCU (18-14; 7-7 MW) at OREGON STATE (20-14; 7-11 PAC-12)


Monday, March 19, 2012  //  7 p.m. PDT  //  Corvallis, Ore.  //  Gill Coliseum (9,604)
TV: HDNet (DirecTV ch. 306, Dish ch. 362)  //  Talent: Rich Cellini (pxp), Joe Cravens (analyst)
Radio: 1460 AM (KCLE), 88.7 FM (KTCU)  //  Talent: Brian Estridge (pxp), John Denton (analyst)
Internet: (GameTracker)
Series Record:
OSU leads, 1-0  //  Last Meeting: Dec. 26, 1987 in Portland (L, 49-63)
TCU Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, ‘88)    
      Record at TCU: 56-72 (.438) in 4th season  //  Overall: 194-130 (.599) in 10th season
OSU Head Coach: Craig Robinson (Princeton, ‘83)   
      Record at OSU: 63-69 (.477) in 4th season  //  Overall: 93-97 (.489) in 6th season

FORT WORTH--TCU continues its postseason run Monday when it travels to Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Television coverage for the 7 p.m. PDT contest at the Beavers’ Gill Coliseum will be provided by HDNet.

TCU, 18-14 overall this season, earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a home victory over Milwaukee in the first-round competition Monday in Fort Worth. The victory improved TCU’s all-time national postseason tournament record to 15-13. The Horned Frogs next return to the road to face an opponent on its home court for the first time since a Feb. 28 loss at Wyoming. The squad owns a 3-8 overall road mark this season.

The Frogs’ matchup against the Beavers will be their 42nd all-time against a current member of the Pac-12 Conference and their second on the road this season. TCU dropped an 83-59 decision at USC back on Dec. 19.

Oregon State, 20-14 overall this season, advanced to Monday’s semifinal after posting an 80-59 home victory over Western Illinois on Wednesday. The win clinched a 20-win campaign for the program for the first time since 1990, when former NBA standout Gary Payton was an All-American for the Beavers.
The winner of Monday’s game will advance to the CBI semifinals for a game against an opponent still to be determined. All remaining teams in the CBI tournament will be re-bracketed following the end of quarterfinal play.

TCU and Oregon State will be meeting for only the second time. The Beavers won the only previous matchup by a score of 63-49 on Dec. 26, 1987 in the opening round of the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.

Monday's matchup marks TCU’s 23rd televised game of the season and its first-ever on HDNet. Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst) will serve as the play-by-play team. Fans can also 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,

* TCU has earned its first national postseason tournament appearance since reaching the quarterfinals of the 2005 NIT. The CBI first-round win over Milwaukee moved TCU’s all-time postseason record to 15-13 (5-7 in the NCAA Tournament, 9-6 in the NIT and 1-0 in the CBI).

* TCU posted five victories this season in 12 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Virginia, Lamar, Colorado State, UNLV and New Mexico). The Frogs are 0-1 against NIT teams (Ole Miss), 3-1 against CBI teams (wins over Wyoming, Evansville and Milwaukee) and 1-0 against the Tournament (Rice).

* 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 (+1.78) and No. 3 in scoring (71.9 ppg).

* TCU ranks among the nation’s top-100 teams in average turnover margin (70th), scoring (80th), 3-pointers made (81st) and 3-point shooting percentage (83rd).

* Hank Thorns is No. 1 in the MW in minutes played (34.00 mpg); No. 2 in assists (4.66 apg); No. 3 in 3-pointers (2.25 3pg); No. 4 in 3-point percentage (39.6%); and No. 6 in scoring (13.5 ppg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.51).

* 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 20 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 10 times in the last 11 outings. He is averaging team-high figures of 14.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg over the last six 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 (1.50 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 2.81-assist average for all games ranks No. 8 overall.

* Anderson’s 90 assists mark the most by a TCU freshman since Corey Santee posted a freshman-record 180 in 2001-02.

* Anderson has made 21 starts this season, the most by a freshman in Jim Christian’s TCU tenure and 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 12-1 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.    2.4 - 3.3 - 0.8
  5    Kyan Anderson    G    5-11    165    Fr.    8.0 - 1.5 - 2.8
10    Hank Thorns    G    5-9    165    Sr.    13.5 - 2.8 - 4.7
23    J.R. Cadot    G    6-5    210    Sr.    11.3 - 7.0 - 1.5#
41    Craig Williams    F    6-8    265    Sr.    8.0 - 3.9 - 0.5

No.    Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Yr.    P - R - APG        
  1    Jared Cunningham    G    6-4    194    Jr.    17.8 - 4.0 - 2.6#
  3    Ahmad Starks    G    5-9    165    So.    12.3 - 2.1 - 2.7
12    Angus Brandt    C    6-10    242    Jr.    8.9 - 3.3 - 1.1
15    Eric Moreland    F    6-10    215    RFr.    5.0 - 6.6 - 1.9^
44    Devon Collier    F    6-8    215    So.    13.2 - 5.2 - 1.3^

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

Oregon State, 20-14 this season under fourth-year head coach Craig Robinson, tied for eighth place in the Pac-12 Conference this season with a 7-11 league record. The Beavers reached the semifinal round of the conference tournament before falling to Arizona, 72-61, in Los Angeles. The squad defeated Western Illinois by a 80-59 count at home in the opening round of the CBI.

OSU has been one of the nation’s top offensive teams this season, ranking No. 10 in the NCAA in scoring offense (79.0 ppg), No. 19 in assists (15.6 apg), No. 28 in turnover margin (+2.8 tpg) and No. 31 in field-goal percentage (47.3%). The squad also is No. 43 nationally in blocked shots (4.6 bpg).

Junior guard Jared Cunningham (17.8 ppg) leads a group of three Beavers averaging double figures in points along with sophomore forward Devon Collier (13.2 ppg) and sophomore guard Ahmad Starks (12.3 ppg). Cunningham ranks No. 47 nationally in scoring and No. 8 in steals (2.56 spg). Freshman forward Eric Moreland (6.6 rpg) tops the squad in rebounding.

Oregon State earned the victory in the only previous meeting between the Frogs and Beavers on Dec. 26, 1987 in Portland, Ore., 63-49. The game was in the first round of the Far West Classic holiday tournament.

Bill Sherwood scored 14 points to lead Oregon State, which built a 30-22 halftime lead behind 10 points from Shaun Freeman in the opening period. OSU opened the second half by outscoring TCU 16-5 to take a 46-27 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Tim Chase led the Frogs with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.

TCU is 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.