prepare for weekend cat fight
two conference wins, the Frogs head to Cincinnati to face one of the
hottest teams in college basketball.
The mens basketball team is currently enjoying the first time
it has ever been above .500 in the Conference USA standings.
It may be short-lived, though, as the Frogs (6-8, 2-1 C-USA) play
at Cincinnati (12-0, 3-0 C-USA) 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Bearcats (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) are coming
off a convincing 85-73 win at No. 21 Marquette Wednesday night.
One of five undefeated teams left in Division I-A, Cincinnati is winning
by an average 25-point margin.
Head coach Neil Dougherty said for TCU to win, Cincinnati must have
a down game and the Frogs must play a great game.
They have everything, Dougherty said. They have
great perimeter play, they have great post play and they have great
depth. I think when you have those combinations, you can win basketball
games a lot of different ways. They have answers to all the problems
you face in college basketball.
Cincinnati has the reputation of a physical team that relies more
on defense than scoring, but are currently putting up 83.5 points
With their athleticism, they are emphasizing full-court pressure and
possess good shooters.
Because they have so many good players, they are pressing this
year, Dougherty said. I think for them, they are playing
a much higher possession game than maybe people are used to seeing.
Regardless of the teams current scoring output, sophomore forward
Chudi Chinweze said the Bearcats still like to mix it up inside and
Theyre right up there with Kansas and Vanderbilt,
Chinweze said. They will be one of the fastest teams weve
Against Marquette, Cincinnati forced 23 turnovers, but senior guard
Nucleus Smith said that shouldnt happen if the Bearcats choose
to press in the open court.
(Travis) Deiner is the only point guard they have, said
Smith of Marquette. We have a few people bring up the ball,
and wont have to worry about tiring because of their pressure.
TCU finds itself sandwiched in the Bearcats schedule between
two ranked opponents. Cincinnati will play at No. 9 Louisville next
Wednesday after its game with the Frogs.
Bearcats senior guard Tony Bobbitt was quoted worrying about the Cardinals
after the Marquette game, giving no mention to TCU.
I just think come Wednesday, its going to be a lot tougher,
Bobbitt told the Cincinnati Post. We go to Louisville.
Despite Bobbitts post-game neglect to remember the Frogs, Dougherty
said he doesnt expect his team to be overlooked.
I hope they are overlooking us, said Dougherty in a joking
manner. I know that (Cincinnati coach) Bob Huggins isnt
going to allow that. I think he will remind them they were fortunate
to get out of here last year (an 83-72 Cincinnati win at Daniel-Meyer
Coliseum). I expect the traditional hard-nosed game you would expect
coach Neil Dougherty congratulates junior guard Corey Santee
on a good game after beating Tulane last weekend. The Frogs
will ride a two-game winning streak into Cincinnati to take
on the No. 7 Bearcats tonight at 6 p.m..