TCU took 29 three pointers in the contest, more than Coach Christian says the Frogs will normally shoot. Lithuania sat back in a zone defense and forced TCU to not pass up open looks from behind the arc. Overall the Frogs were 6-29 from three-point land.
TCU forced some mistakes:
The defense forced a total of 33 turnovers tonight and more impressively scored 41-points off of those turnovers. TCU controlled the tempo of the game and did what they wanted defensively tonight.
Coach Christian: "I thought it was pretty good. I need to go back to the tape and that will tell me a lot, but I thought the intensity level was great. I think we took four or five charges. One of things we will chart is loose balls and who is on the floor first. I think we beat them on all of them. That's a start."
Frogs fast break could be faster:
TCU outscored Lithuania Christian tonight 12-0 when it came to fast break points, but considering how many turnovers the Frogs forced, 12-points is not a lot.
Coach Christian: "I think we could have gotten out a little more. I think we were a little hesitant at getting the ball out and pushing it at them. In the first half I don't know if we ran as hard as I would have liked, but it's something we need to be good at."
The Windex Men:
TCU out rebounded Lithuania Christian tonight 52-35, but what was most impressive was the Frogs pulled down 28 offensive boards. This is probably one of the main reasons the Frogs outscored their opponents in the paint 38-18.
Coach Christian: "I thought we competed….Our whole goal is five bodies on five bodies and I don't know if we did that. We'll point out the ones that we didn't and emphasis the ones we did."
Kevin Langford: The emotional leader on this team, Langford put up numbers you would expect from the senior. In 27 minutes, he scored 12-points and had 13-rebounds. At half, Langford was also leading the team in assists with 3.
Coach Christian: "I thought he was fantastic. I thought he was really unselfish. Maybe to a point he could have been more aggressive, but we have been harping on him all year to rebound the basketball game and in the first half he had 7-rebounds."
Edvinas Ruzgas: The 3-point shooting specialist from Weatherford Community College led TCU in scoring, but struggled mightily in the second half. At halftime he was 3-6 from three-point land, but finished 3-11 from behind the arc on the game. Ruzgas got the start, but will need to be more consistent for the Frogs.
BPN:Coach, what do you tell a player like Ruzgas when he is struggling from three point land in the second half?
Coach Christian: "Keep shooting the ball. I have seen this kid make shots everyday since he has been here. I'm not worried about it. I think he was a little anxious. To be completely honest I think he had more open looks tonight than he does in practice and sometimes that is an adjustment. He was to open."
John Ortiz: The senior only played 16 total minutes, but was very effective when he was on the floor. Ortiz will be looked as a guy that can come off the bench and make an immediate spark for this team with his defense and rebounding. He ended up scoring 10-points and had 8-rebounds (6 offensive).
Coach Christian: "He definitely has be a great rebounder for us on both ends. He has to be an energy player. Minutes and stuff like that will be determined on the game….He did a good job coming in and sparking us by getting some offensive rebounds."
Ronnie Moss: The freshman got the start and looked overall pretty solid in his debut. His stat line read 8-points, 4-assists, 3-rebounds, and 2-steals, in 23 minutes. More impressive was Moss' shutdown defense. As of right now, Moss is the best defender TCU has.
Coach Christian: "He may be the best on ball defender that I have ever coached and that is saying a lot because I have coached some pretty good ones. He is strong and fast and makes you feel uncomfortable."
Kavon Rose: Might equal instant offense. Before playing with all second string guys late in the game, Rose had 12-points in 12 minutes. He started off the game knocking down his first two 3-pointers. He didn't start tonight, but look for him to be starting by the end of the year. Not only is he a weapon from long range, but also he does not have a problem putting the ball on the ground and taking it to the rack.
Kevin Butler: Butler struggled from the field going 1-7 in 21 minutes, but he did do a great job rebounding for the Frogs. The freshman had 8-rebounds and looks like even at 6'4 he could contribute in the paint. Butler might not be the tallest guy on the court, but his athletic ability (one of the best verticals I have seen in a while) and his great positioning will allow him to pull down some boards.
Zvonko Buljan: The junior college transfer scored 5-points and had 5-rebounds in his first starting performance in the purple and white. Buljan struggled from the field going 1-8 including 0-2 from the free throw line. Buljan missed a lot of bunnies inside. In early season practices, Coach Christian harped to Buljan to take it up strong and not try to be such a finesse post player. Buljan still needs more work on this.
Greg Richardson: The junior college transfer did not play tonight and has not practiced for a while. He has a hip flexor injury and will be reevaluated in a couple days.