It wasn't always pretty last night, but the Horned Frogs found a way to win the ball game. Coach Christian was not happy with his team's performance in the second half. TCU was outscored by 12 points in the second and at times looked to be just trying to hold on to a win. TCU needs to get a closers mentality. There was no reason McNeese State should have been in the game in the second half.
"That's what happens when you are careless with the basketball towards the end. We didn't get any rebounds and you have to tip your hat to them. They kept continuing to play hard and we have to learn from it," said Coach Christian after the game.
The Big Z….
Zvonko Buljan played the best game of his Division I career with 15 points and 4 rebounds. It was the first time the junior came off the bench for the Frogs. Buljan's great play was also forgot about after receiving a technical midway through the second half. Zvonko decided to hold on to the rim a little bit to long after a slam-dunk breakaway. Coach Christian immediately pulled him and Buljan didn't return to the floor until there was about 1 minute left on the clock. He was able to get out of Christian's dog house by knocking down 2 free throws that clinched the win for the Frogs.
TCU Loses The Board Challenge…
One of the areas that Coach Christian has put a lot of emphasis on this season is rebounding. Last night, Christian didn't get the effort he is expecting. McNeese State out rebounded the Frogs 41-25. Even more of a disappointment, TCU gave up 15 offensive rebounds.
"That was just bad rebounding. They were more aggressive then us tonight. We just need to learn and move on," said Coach Christian after the game.
The Frogs Outside Weapon…
After scoring double digits in his first three games, Edvinas Ruzgas has struggled to get into rhythm the last two times out. Ruzgas is seeing tighter defenses than he did against Western Michigan and Clemson. A three-point specialist, Ruzgas shot over 50% from behind the arc at Weatherford Community College. In his last two games, he is 1-6 from three-point land. If the Frogs want to get Ruzgas some quality shots, they will have to find another offensive weapon besides Kevin Langford. Ruzgas will benefit more from kick outs and swinging the ball than trying to create his own shot.
Changing Things Up A Bit…
Before last night, the Frogs had played with the same starting lineup in the first four games. Last night Ronnie Moss and Zvonko Buljan took a seat to John Ortiz and Kavon Rose. Rose and Ortiz struggled combining for 0 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Langford Comes Up Huge Again
There is no doubt who the 1st offensive weapon on this team is. Langford struggled from the field going 4-14, but the senior connected 13-16 on his free throw attempts. Langford has led the Frogs in scoring three out of five times this year. Currently he is shooting 46% from the field and has already made 45 appearances at the charity stripe.