• This will be the second meeting between the Frogs and Raiders since Colgate defeated TCU by a 69-62 score on December 29, 1973, in a contest in Rochester, New York, as part of the Kodak Classic.
• The Frogs and Raiders can also be heard over the airwaves via Fox Sports Radio 1460 AM and KTCU 88.7 FM with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst). TCU?faithful can listen to the game courtesy of Yahoo Broadcasts and view the game via GameTracker on www.GoFrogs.com.
Stellar Defense Equals Victories • The Frogs will enter the contest against the Raiders ranked 28th in the nation in scoring defense as TCU?is allowing opponents to score 59.3 points per game. This is the first time that the Frogs have allowed less than 60.0 points per game over the first 12 games since the 1985-86 campaign when TCU gave up 56.8 points per contest.
• During a three-game stretch - the Frogs held SMU, St. Gregory's and Colorado to 46 or fewer points, which marked the first time since the 1951-52 season that TCU held three consecutive opponents to less than 46 points after achieving the feat against Rice (30), Texas (43) and SMU(43).
• The Frogs are ranked second in the MWC in scoring defense (59.3 P-G) behind San Diego State (55.6 P-G).
• In his three seasons with the Purple and White - Kevin Langford has not only been a maintstay in the Frogs' starting lineup, but has also been one of their most productive players. A starter in 72 consecutive games - the TCU senior has posted a double-digit scoring performance in 53 of those contests (7 - Sr. | 24 - Jr. | 22 So.).
• The Fort Worth product has an opportunity to become the 29th player in TCU?history to reach the 1000-point milestone as Langford currently sits at 949 career points with the Frogs. Langford only needs 51 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 16th player in TCU history to reach the mark in under three full seasons.
• For his career - Langford has scored 1,015 points after collecting 66 points during his freshman campaign at the University of California. The 6-8 forward transferred to TCU?prior to the 2005-06 campaign.
Point of Order
• Jason Ebie has started all 12 games for the Frogs at the point guard position where he ranks third in the Mountain West Conference in assists per game (4.42 A-G) and set a career-high with nine assists against St. Gregory's. Ebie's nine assists are tied for the most in the conference this season with Jackson Emery (BYU) and Luka Drca (Utah).
• Ebie has dished out three of more assists in 11 of 12 games this season and has averaged 5.14 assists per game over the last seven contests. The TCU?junior is ranked 92nd in the nation in assists per game (4.42 A-G) and has improved his scoring average as he ranks fifth on the team by posting 5.9 points per game through 12 contests.
New Faces, New Team • Faithful of the Purple and White have plenty of new faces to learn in the TCU lineup this season as the Frogs have added seven new players during 2008-09 campaign.
• A key ingredient for Christian in signing players during the spring was finding talent from successful basketball programs. In three junior college transfers - Christian found players that helped their programs post a collective record of 137-50 (.733 winning percentage)
Good Things Come in Three's
• The Frogs have made at least one three-pointer in 322 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, 1997.
• The Frogs have recorded at least one three-pointer in 539 of their last 540 games. Prior to that failed connection against LIU-Brooklyn - TCU made at least one three-pointer in 217 straight games dating back to the 1989-90 season when the University of Texas stopped the Frogs behind the arc on February 11, 1990.
Frogs Record 400th Victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum • With a victory over McNeese State on November 22nd - the Frogs notched their 400th victory at the DMC. In the 48-year history of the DMC - the Frogs have posted a record of 404-236 (.631) on their home court. Over the past 11 seasons - the Frogs have posted a 144-61 (.702) overall record at home and have won at least 10 games in seven of those campaigns.
Non-Conference - No Problem at Home • The Horned Frogs have captured 17 of their last 20 games at home against non-conference opponents. In their last 10 games - TCU?has posted victories in nine of them with their lone setback coming against Big 12 Conference-foe Nebraska in the home opener of the 2008-09 campaign.
No Three for You
• This season - the Frogs are ranked first in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage defense as opponents have only connected on 28.1 percent (55-of-196) of their trey attempts.
• Prior to the setback at Indiana - the Frogs have held opposing offenses to 20.2 percent (20-of-99) from behind the three-point arc during their six-game winning streak. No team connected on more than four treys during that time.
• The Frogs are currently ranked 11th in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense and have held opponents to an average of 4.6 three-point field goals made per game this season.
Scouting the Raiders
• Colgate enters the contest with a 3-7 overall record - including setbacks in seven of its last eight games. The Raiders most recently suffered an 83-48 setback to California, which evened their record to 3-3 on the road this season.
• Mike Venezia is the top scoring option for the Raiders as the Colgate sophomore is averaging 11.2 points per game while connecting on 35.9 percent (37-of-103) of his field goal attempts - including 30.5 percent (18-of-59) of his three-point field goal tries. A starter in all 10 games - Venezia is averaging a team-high 32.9 minutes per evening for the Raiders.
• Ben Jonson is ranked second on the team in scoring average at 8.4 points per game while ranking second in field goal percentage (50.8 percent | 32-of-63), total rebounds (42) and rebounds per game (4.2 R-G) for the Raiders.
• Alex Woodhouse has made a name for himself in the low post for the Raiders as the 6-8 senior leads the Patriot League in blocked shots per game (2.4 B-G) while ranking first on the team in rebounds per game (6.2 R-G).
• The Raiders are averaging 54.4 points per game - which is ranked last in the Patriot League. However - Colgate is only allowing opponents to average 63.8 points per game - which is ranked second among all conference foes.
The Man Known as "Z"
• Zvonko "Z" Buljan has played a big role for the Frogs in the low post as the TCU?forward is averaging 11.7 points per game to go along with a team-high 6.5 rebound per contests. The 6-9 forward is ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game (6.5 R-G), seventh in the field goal percentage (55-of-97 | .567) and 18th in scoring average (11.7 P-G).
• After coming off of the bench during a three-game stretch - Buljan returned to the starting lineup against Colorado where he recorded the first double-double of his Frogs' career with a 15-point, 10-board performance. The TCU forward has recorded a double-digit scoring performance in five of the last six games - including a career-high 19 points against Indiana.
• Buljan is tied for first on the Frogs in double-digit scoring games (7) and has posted two double-doubles this season (Colorado | Wichita State). Over the last three games - the TCU?forward is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while connecting on 71.4 percent (20-of-28) of his field goal attempts, including 87.5 percent (7-of-8)?of his three-point field goal tries.
• 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 six 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).
Second Generation Stars
• The Frogs have two players on their roster who have 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).
Charity Stripe Highs
• The Frogs connected on 27 free throws against Nebraska - which was their highest talley since a 27-free throw performance against Colorado State on February 20, 2008. Their 27 free throws are tied for third-most in the MWC this season.
• Last season - the Frogs finished seventh in the Mountain West Conference in free throw percentage, but are currently ranked third this season in that statistical category after connecting on 71.8 percent (153-of-213) of their charity stripe attempts.
Frogs Ink One on Signing Day
• The Frogs signed Garlon Green (Missouri City, Texas | Hightower High School) to a National Letter of Intent on November 12th. The 6-7 wing enters his senior season as the 19th-ranked prospect in the State of Texas and is the younger brother of Gerald Green, Jr. - who plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
Big Victory Against Big 12 Conference
• With a 62-46 victory over Colorado on Wednesday evening - the Frogs recorded their first triumph over a Big 12 Conference-opponent since November 23, 2004, when TCU?posted an 83-68 win over Texas Tech. The victory over the Buffs also gave TCU?its first road win over a Big 12 Conference-foe since December 7, 2002, when the Frogs defeated Baylor by a 72-64 count.
• Prior to a setback against Indiana - the Frogs were enjoying a six-game winning streak which was their longest winning streak since the 1998-99 campaign when TCU won eight straight contests. That season - the Frogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT?Tournament, which was their last post-season appearance.
• Edvinas Ruzgas has made a tremendous impact for the Frogs in his first season as the former Weatherford College standout ranks first on the team in three-point field goals made (26)?and three-point field goal attempts (66) while standing third in field goals made (44). The 6-6 guard has connected on 48.4 percent (44-of-91) of his field goal attempts and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) of his free throw tries.
• Ruzgas has notched five double-digit scoring performances - including a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Clemson and a 16-point effort in his TCU?debut against Western Michigan. The TCU?junior ranks third on the team in double-digit scoring efforts behind Langford (7), Buljan (7)?and Moss (6).
• In the conference standings - Ruzgas is ranked fourth in minutes played per game (32.75 MP-G), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.388)?and ninth in three-point field goals made per game (2.17 3FGM-G).
• 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.
• Moss became the first freshman since Femi Ibikunle in 2003-04 to start his collegiate debut for the Frogs and only the third freshman this decade to earn a spot in the starting lineup in his first game (Corey Santee | 2001-02).
• The TCU freshman has proven to be an offensive threat for the Frogs as Moss is ranked fourth on the team in scoring (8.8 P-G) and ranked second in double-digit scoring performances (6). Moss became the first freshman since Chudi Chinweze in 2002-03 to score 20 or more points in a game after the TCU guard collected a career-high 20 points on the road at Louisiana Tech.
• After earning a spot in the starting lineup over the last seven games - Keion Mitchem has put up solid numbers as the TCU?junior is averaging 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game while connecting on 43.6 percent (17-of-39) of his field goal attempts during that stretch.
• Mitchem scored a season-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting - including three treys - in a road victory at Colorado then followed up that performance with a 10-point scoring afternoon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which marked the first time in his career that the TCU?junior collected back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts.
• On the season - Mitchem is ranked fourth on the Frogs in three-point field goal percentage (.387) and sixth in scoring average (5.9 P-G). He is also ranked fourth on the team in double-digit scoring performances (3).
• Duncanville standout Kevin Butler has provided the Frogs with plenty of energy and production off of the bench in his first season as the 6-6 forward is averaging 4.2 points per game in 18.5 minutes of court time. Butler has played in at least 15 minutes in eight of 12 games and has scored at least six points in five of those contests.
• Butler had a tremendous performance against ACC-opponent Clemson as he posted a career-high nine points - including 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line - to go along with six steals, four rebounds and two assists. His six-steal effort against the Tigers is the highest single-game tally in the Mountain West Conference this season.
• The TCU rookie is ranked first on the Purple and White in steals (20) and steals per game (1.67 S-G) - which is ranked fourth in the Mountain West Conference.
Smell the 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. In his first season with the Frogs - Rose is averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while seeing action in 11 games. The TCU newcomer earned his first collegiate start against McNeese State.
• John Ortiz has appeared in 10 games for TCU in his senior campaign while earning a spot in the starting lineup on three occasions. The Frogs are 3-0 when Ortiz appears in the starting lineup as the TCU senior is averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his final campaign.
Overhaul on the Boards
• One of the areas of improvement that Christian has stressed to the Frogs has been their presence on the glass. The Frogs have out-rebounded their opponents in six of 12 games this season (+43 in those games).