Frogs Open Season Against Western Michigan

he TCU men's basketball program will tip-off the 2008-09 campaign at the ESPN?Charleston Classic on November 14-16 at the Carolina First Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Horned Frogs will be joined at the tournament by Clemson, East Tennessee State, College of Charleston, Western Michigan, Temple, SIU-Edwardsville and Hofstra.

Tournament Preview
• The TCU men's basketball program will tip-off the 2008-09 campaign at the ESPN?Charleston Classic on November 14-16 at the Carolina First Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Horned Frogs will be joined at the tournament by Clemson, East Tennessee State, College of Charleston, Western Michigan, Temple, SIU-Edwardsville and Hofstra.

• Christian will be the first head coach since Tim Somerville in 1977-78 to coach his first game for the Frogs on the road. Christian becomes only the third coach in the last 80 seasons to begin his career with the Purple and White away from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum joining Tim Somerville (1977-78) and Dutch Meyer (1934-35).

• The Frogs will tip-off against Western Michigan in the first round of the ?Charleston Classic at 11:30 a.m. Central Time. The game can be heard on Fox Sports Radio (1460 AM) and KTCU?(88.7 FM) with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) on the TCU/ISP?Sports Network and will be shown on Comcast Sports Southeast.

Tournament Trend
• This will be the first time that the Purple and White will begin the season at a tournament since the 2005-06 season when the Frogs were a part of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.

The Millennium Man
• In his two seasons with the Purple and White - Kevin Langford has not only been a mainstay in the Frogs' starting lineup, but has also been one of their most productive players. A starter in 60 consecutive games - the TCU?senior has recorded 10 or more points in 46 of those games (24 as a junior | 22 as a sophomore).

• The Fort Worth standout was selected as third team All-Mountain West Conference performer during his junior campaign while securing honorable mention all-conference accolades following the 2006-07 season.

Point of Order
Jason Ebie had a standout season during the 2007-08 campaign as the TCU?point guard appeared in all 30 games - earning a spot in the starting lineup in 14 of the team's final 16 games.

• The Houston native finished the season ranked 78th in the nation in steals per game (and third in the Mountain West Conference) at 1.83 picks per evening.

New Faces, New Team
• Faithful of the Purple and White will have plenty of new faces to learn in the TCU lineup this season as the Frogs have added seven new players for the upcoming 2008-09 campaign. In the mix for the Frogs will be:

Junior College Transfers 3 | Zvonko Buljan, Edvinas Ruzgas, Greg Richardson
High School Signees 4 | Kevin Butler, Logan Lancon, Ronnie Moss, Kavon Rose

Good Things Come in Three's
• The Frogs have made at least one three-pointer in 310 consecutive games dating back to the 1997-98 season. The last time that the Purple and White failed to connect on a trey came against LIU-Brooklyn on November 22, 1987.

Home Sweet Home
• The Frogs have been very successful at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since its opening prior to the 1961-62 season. In the 47-year history of the DMC - the Frogs have posted a record of 399-235 (.630) on their home court.

Christian Sees Familiar Face in First Game
• Christian will square-off against a familiar face in his first game as the head coach of the Frogs in MAC-opponent Western Michigan. In his six seasons at Kent State -?Christian posted a 5-3 mark against the Broncos.

Scouting the Broncos
• Western Michigan enters the 2008-09 campaign fresh off of a 20-12 campaign where the Broncos advanced to the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

• Junior David Cool was selected as the Preseason MAC?Player of the Year by Athlon Sports and is the reigning MAC?Most Valuable Player by Collegeinsider.com. The WMU?guard was cited as a preseason All-Mid-American Conference West Division selection after averaging 17.8 points per game a season ago.

International Flavor
• The Frogs have three international players on the roster in John Ortiz (Colombia), Zvonko Buljan (Croatia)?and Edvinas Ruzgas (Lithuania)

• The Frogs have never had more than two international players on their roster at any one time during their history. There have been at least two international players on the TCU?roster in each of the last five seasons.

Bigger in Texas
• The Frogs have seven players that reside from the State of Texas - including four players from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Kevin Langford (Fort Worth), Ronnie Moss (Fort Worth), Kevin Butler (Duncanville) and A.J. Siebert (Southlake).

The Man Known as "Z"
• Zvonko "Z"?Buljan played his prep ball in his home country of Croatia where he was part of the Croatian Junior National Team for two seasons. Buljan came to the United States without speaking a word of English and played two seasons at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind., where he helped his team to a spot at the NJCAA?National Championships as a sophomore.

Second Generation Stars
• The Frogs have two players on their roster who had parents who played collegiate athletics in Kevin Langford (Father - basketball at UT?Arlington | Mother - basketball at UT?Arlington) and A.J. Siebert (Father - football at Northern Arizona).

Home-Friendly Schedule
• The Frogs will play 15 of their final 27 games at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum following the conclusion of the Charleston Classic. TCU?will play its first four games following the Charleston Classic at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum against Nebraska (Nov. 19), McNeese State (Nov. 22), SMU?(Nov. 26)?and St. Gregory's (Nov. 29).

Experience Matters
• The Frogs returned four lettermen from the 2007-08 campaign in Langford, Mitchem, Ortiz and Ebie. The four returning Frogs saw action in 2,505 combined minutes last season - which was 41.6 percent of all the minutes played.

On Tap for the Week
• TCU?will return to Fort Worth for its next four games beginning with the 2008-09 home opener against Big 12 Conference-opponent Nebraska on November 19th. On November 22nd - the faithful of the Purple and White will be treated to a double-dip of TCU?Athletics as the football team will play Air Force at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Frog hoops team at 7:00 p.m. against McNeese State.

Ortiz Gets Better with Time
• Ortiz concluded his first season with the Frogs ranked seventh in the Mountain West Conference in offensive rebounds per game and 14th in rebounds per game. The TCU senior ranked second in the offensive rebounds in Mountain West Conference games with an average of 2.5 boards per game.

Overhaul on the Boards
• One of the areas of improvement that Christian has stressed to the Frogs have been their presence on the glass. Last season - the Frogs only had six games where a player collected 10 or more boards in a game. The duo of Zvonko Buljan and Greg Richardson combined for 21 double-digit games for their junior college programs.

The Shooter
• Ruzgas was a first team All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference selection and earned first team NJCAA?All-Region V accolades at Weatherford College. The TCU newcomer connected on 50.3 percent (89-of-177) of his trey attempts last season - which ranked eighth among all NJCAA?players.

Close to Home
• TCU?newcomer Ronnie "Tuffy" Moss originally signed with Kent State, but was granted his release and signed with the Frogs after Christian was announced as the new head men's basketball coach for the Purple and White.

Winning is All He Knows • Success in the high school ranks was all that Kevin Butler knew during his prep career at nationally-recognized Duncanville High School. Duncanville finished with a 39-0 record during Butler's junior season and was ranked seventh in the final standings by USA?Today. In his final two seasons - Butler's team recorded a 75-2 overall record.

Smells Like Roses
• Kavon Rose was the final freshman to commit to the Frogs during the summer months after he was released from his National Letter of Intent from Oregon State. A?standout at Finney High School - Rose was rated as the second-best player in Detroit and the fourth-best player in the State of Michigan. Rose was selected to the "Dream Team" by several publications in his senior season.

Key of the Season
• The Frogs will be counting on the experience and long-range shooting ability of junior Keion Mitchem this season. The TCU junior posted career-highs in 17 statistical categories last season while playing in 29 games. Mitchem recorded two games of 10 or more points a season ago - which both of them coming against the Air Force Academy. He recorded a career-high 16 points on the Falcons' home floor and 10 points in his first collegiate start.

Small Town Tales
• The basketball career of Greg Richardson has spanned from some of the largest cities in Jackonsville, Florida and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to the smallest of towns in Glendive, Montana. Dawson Community College was located in a town of 4,760 people - a far cry from the 6.1 million the Metroplex and over 800,000 in Jacksonville.

Texas Tops
• In 2008-09 campaign - the Frogs will have three freshmen from the State of Texas that were ranked in the top-40 of their recruiting class last season - Ronnie Moss (12th), Kevin Butler (16th)?and Logan Lancon (43rd).


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