The Frogs have not played since Wednesday when Coach Jim Christian was not happy with his team's performance. "
"We've got to get back to the drawing board of being who we are," Christian said. "They (the fans) came out to see our team that plays with heart, that fights to the end, and unfortunately we didn't give them that tonight," TCU coach Jim Christian said. "New Mexico came in here with great focus and a tremendous amount of energy, and that's what happens when you get your butt whipped"…."We've got to get back to the drawing board of being who we are."
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In Their Last Meeting
• In their last meeting, the Frogs recorded a 67-61 victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on February 27, 2008. In that game, Brent Hackett scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Kevin Langford posted 16 points to go along with seven rebounds. Alvardo Parker also added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Frogs.
Stellar Defense Equals Victories
• The Frogs will enter the contest against the Runnin' Utes ranked 60th in the nation in scoring defense as TCU is allowing opponents to score 62.4 points per game. TCU is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in scoring defense behind San Diego State (59.0 P-G) and Air Force (60.3 P-G).
• 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 have held two opponents to 39 or fewer points this season in St. Gregory's (38) and Colgate (37). This is the first time since the 1986-87 campaign that TCU?has held at least two opponents to 38 or fewer points in a game. That season, TCU?held Texas (37) and Rice (38) to 38 or fewer points in a game.
• 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 top players. A starter in 81 consecutive games, the TCU senior has posted a double-digit scoring performance in 59 of those contests (13 - Sr. | 24 - Jr. | 22 So.).
• Langford collected a career-high 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots (including the game winner) and one steal in 36 minutes in TCU's 79-78 overtime victory over Wyoming on January 21st. For his career, the Fort Worth product has accumulated 1,092 points for the Purple and White and now ranks 21st on the all-time TCU?scoring list.
• For his career, Langford has scored 1,158 points after collecting 66 points during his freshman campaign at the University of California. The TCU senior notched his first double-double of the season with a 20-point, 11-rebound performance against Colgate, which was his second career double-double.
• Langford continues to move up the rankings in the TCU all-time record books as the TCU senior is ranked fourth in free throw attempts (528) and free throws made (357).
• 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 (9.5 P-G) and tied for third in double-digit scoring performances (11). 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.
Good Things Come in Three's
• The Frogs have made at least one three-pointer in 331 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 548 of their last 549 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 408th Victory at DMC
• With a victory over Wyoming on January 21st, the Frogs notched their 408th victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. In the 48-year history of the DMC, the Frogs have posted a record of 408-237 (.633) on their home court. Over the past 11 seasons, the Frogs have posted a 148-62 (.706) overall record at home with a 9-2 mark this season.
Non-Conference - No Problem at Home
• The Frogs have captured 17 of their last 20 games at home against non-conference opponents. In their last 10 games - the Frogs have 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 second in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage defense as opponents have only connected on 31.5 percent (113-of-359) of their trey attempts. The Frogs are currently ranked 50th in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense and have held opponents to an average of 5.4 three-point field goals made per game this season.
• The Frogs have held 15 of 21 opponents to less than 40.0 percent from behind the three-point line this season, including three opponents to less than 16.0 percent (Western Michigan, SMU and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).
Scouting the Runnin' Utes
• Utah comes into the contest tied for first overall in the Mountain West Conference standings as the Runnin' Utes have a 14-7 overall record and a 5-2 mark in conference action. The Runnin' Utes have triumphed in their last two games with victories coming on their home court against BYU (94-88 | OT) and New Mexico (68-67).
• Luke Nevill is the best big man in the Mountain West Conference as the Utah senior is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. The 7-2 center is ranked first in the conference in rebounds per game (8.5 R-G), blocked shots per game (2.6 B-G) and field goal percentage (132-of-212 | .623) and is ranked second in scoring average (18.0 P-G).
• Following a 79-78 overtime triumph over Wyoming, the Frogs recorded their ninth consecutive victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The nine-game home winning streak for the Frogs was the longest for the program since the 1998-99 campaign when TCU?began the season with a 9-0 mark. The Frogs had their home winning streak snapped against New Mexico.
Frogs Strong in MWC Action • The Frogs are off to a 4-3 record in Mountain West Conference action, which is their best start since joining the conference prior to the 2005-06 campaign. This is the best start in conference action after seven games since the 2000-01 season when TCU 4-3 as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. That season, TCU finished with a 9-7 mark in league play.
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 12.1 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest. The 6-9 forward is ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in rebounds per game (7.3 R-G), sixth in field goal percentage (100-of-187 | .535) and 15th in scoring average (12.1 P-G).
• The TCU forward was selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on January 12th after averaging 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game in victories over Texas Tech and UNLV. Buljan has recorded a double-digit scoring performance in 10 of the last 12 games, including a career-high 20 points in a victory over UNLV.
• Buljan is ranked first on the Frogs in double-digit scoring games (14) to go along with five double-doubles this season (Colorado, Wichita State, UNLV, BYU and Air Force). The 6-9 forward has recorded a double-double in five games this season, which are the most since the 2005-06 campaign when Judson Stubbs finished the season with a quartet of double-doubles.
• The Frogs have four international players on the roster in John Ortiz (Colombia), Zvonko Buljan (Croatia), Edvinas Ruzgas (Lithuania) and Marin Bavcevic (Croatia). TCU has never had more than two international players on its roster at any one time during its history. There have been at least two international players on the TCU?roster in each of the last five seasons.