poised to set new mark
Frogs are one victory away from a feat the program has
never accomplished in Conference USA.
By Brent Yarina
Horned Frogs dont have the attitude youd
expect from your typical 8-11 team.
This team is sky high, even with an overall record under
And its for good reason.
Not only are the Frogs coming off the biggest win of
their careers at Marquette Tuesday night, but they now
have the chance to do something no other TCU basketball
team has ever done in Conference USA.
With a win Monday at South Florida, the Frogs would
not only stay even with the conference leader, Alabama-Birmingham,
but they would also own their first winning record in
We just need to get one more game so we can get
closer to the top, head coach Neil Dougherty said.
(Being over .500) will be uncharted waters for
us as a program. Were not done yet.
Junior forward Aaron Curtis said the chance to own a
winning record in C-USA would be unbelievable.
It would be the first time for our program to
be over .500, Curtis said. That alone would
turn the heads of future recruits and other teams.
Curtis said the team cant wait to get back on
the court and play its next game but that he admits
its a game down the road against a top 10 opponent
that has him anxious.
Theres nothing but enthusiasm and excitement
out here, Curtis said. I wish the Louisville
game could just be tomorrow.
Senior guard Nucleus Smith said the win over Marquette
was one of the best of his career, and he thinks the
game was a huge step toward bringing a winning tradition
That was a big game, Smith said. It
shows we are up and coming. If we can continue shooting
the ball well and not make dumb mistakes, well
continue to do better.
Curtis agrees the game at Marquette can be used as a
building block for the program, saying the team is capable
of playing that well on a nightly basis.
We can play like that every game, he said.
Were on the rise, and we have to keep it
going for next year. (Other teams) cant just come
in here anymore and expect to beat us.
Dougherty said he did not need a victory over a nationally
prominent program to make him realize his team was improving.
We just got to keep doing what weve been
doing of late, Dougherty said. I know that
were better than most people give us credit for.
I dont need game day to tell me that.
Dougherty said the team has yet to prepare for South
Florida, but he expects the Frogs to be more than ready
to face a Southern Florida team that will bring a lot
of long, lean athletes to the court.
Smith said the players are ready for whatever the Bulls
may bring to the court Monday night, as they all realize
the implications of such a vital game.
With a win, and a winning record, wed be
up there with all the other good teams, Smith