Know Thy Opponent: Texas Christian Horned Frogs

  • 12/09/2008 6:56 pm in

One of the better young coaches in America – Jim Christian – brings his Texas Christian team to Assembly Hall Wednesday night.

The Horned Frogs (7-3) are seeking their seventh straight win and will play in Bloomington for the first time since December 12, 1950.

After six successful seasons at Kent State, Christian made the head-scratching decision to accept the job at TCU.

Not only is it hard to imagine a coach using TCU as a spring board to a better job, it can certainly be argued that Kent State is a better gig given their recent NCAA success. But so it goes in college basketball. Money talks and that’s why he made the move.

Christian, who served alongside Tom Crean as an assistant at Western Kentucky in the early 90’s, has his club defending well and they could present the stiffest home test to date for IU. During their current winning streak, opponents are shooting just 39 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point land against TCU.

The focal point on offense is senior forward Kevin Langford, who is averaging 13.8 points and should become the 29th player in school history to reach 1,000 points this season.

Two other Horned Frogs are scoring in double figures — Lithuanian forward Edvinas Ruzgas (11.6) and Croatian center Zvonko Buljan (10.5). Jason Ebie is the primary ballhandler and averages 4.7 assists, but has struggled from the field (35 percent).

As will be the case with just about every opponent on this season’s schedule, Indiana’s margin for error is slim. Keeping Langford in check on the low block and establishing Tom Pritchard early will be essential to putting win number five in the books.

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  • Jones isn't playing tonight and it's doubtful he'll play Saturday.

  • Jones isn't playing tonight and it's doubtful he'll play Saturday.

  • Jones isn't playing tonight and it's doubtful he'll play Saturday.

  • Jones isn't playing tonight and it's doubtful he'll play Saturday.

  • Jones isn't playing tonight and it's doubtful he'll play Saturday.

  • IndianaJoe

    Completely agree. The whole time I read the article I thought he was almost joking. His points suck and so does he. He even brings how college football programs haven't gotten caught for 17 months for breaking the rules. I guess he really doesn't realized that IU told the NCAA about everything. It just kind of makes one wonder if the NCAA would have found out.

  • IndianaJoe

    Completely agree. The whole time I read the article I thought he was almost joking. His points suck and so does he. He even brings how college football programs haven't gotten caught for 17 months for breaking the rules. I guess he really doesn't realized that IU told the NCAA about everything. It just kind of makes one wonder if the NCAA would have found out.

  • IndianaJoe

    Completely agree. The whole time I read the article I thought he was almost joking. His points suck and so does he. He even brings how college football programs haven't gotten caught for 17 months for breaking the rules. I guess he really doesn't realized that IU told the NCAA about everything. It just kind of makes one wonder if the NCAA would have found out.

  • IndianaJoe

    Completely agree. The whole time I read the article I thought he was almost joking. His points suck and so does he. He even brings how college football programs haven't gotten caught for 17 months for breaking the rules. I guess he really doesn't realized that IU told the NCAA about everything. It just kind of makes one wonder if the NCAA would have found out.

  • IndianaJoe

    Completely agree. The whole time I read the article I thought he was almost joking. His points suck and so does he. He even brings how college football programs haven't gotten caught for 17 months for breaking the rules. I guess he really doesn't realized that IU told the NCAA about everything. It just kind of makes one wonder if the NCAA would have found out.

  • MikeyD

    how bout a blog on the chances of Pritchard being in the running for freshman of the year in b10? how does he stack up?

  • MikeyD

    how bout a blog on the chances of Pritchard being in the running for freshman of the year in b10? how does he stack up?

  • MikeyD

    how bout a blog on the chances of Pritchard being in the running for freshman of the year in b10? how does he stack up?

  • MikeyD

    how bout a blog on the chances of Pritchard being in the running for freshman of the year in b10? how does he stack up?

  • MikeyD

    how bout a blog on the chances of Pritchard being in the running for freshman of the year in b10? how does he stack up?

  • MikeinNC

    Actually this guy has a history of legally changing his name to whatever program he is coaching…it is pretty bizarre….he started his career as “Jim Indiana School for the Deaf” then moved on….it got really embarrassing for his family when he was coaching at Morehead State, and when he coached at Harvey Mudd college, well, his name literally was mud….

    Thanks folks, try the veal…and don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartender…they're working hard for you….I'll be here all week.

  • MikeinNC

    Actually this guy has a history of legally changing his name to whatever program he is coaching…it is pretty bizarre….he started his career as “Jim Indiana School for the Deaf” then moved on….it got really embarrassing for his family when he was coaching at Morehead State, and when he coached at Harvey Mudd college, well, his name literally was mud….

    Thanks folks, try the veal…and don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartender…they're working hard for you….I'll be here all week.

  • MikeinNC

    Actually this guy has a history of legally changing his name to whatever program he is coaching…it is pretty bizarre….he started his career as “Jim Indiana School for the Deaf” then moved on….it got really embarrassing for his family when he was coaching at Morehead State, and when he coached at Harvey Mudd college, well, his name literally was mud….

    Thanks folks, try the veal…and don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartender…they're working hard for you….I'll be here all week.

  • MikeinNC

    Actually this guy has a history of legally changing his name to whatever program he is coaching…it is pretty bizarre….he started his career as “Jim Indiana School for the Deaf” then moved on….it got really embarrassing for his family when he was coaching at Morehead State, and when he coached at Harvey Mudd college, well, his name literally was mud….

    Thanks folks, try the veal…and don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartender…they're working hard for you….I'll be here all week.

  • MikeinNC

    Actually this guy has a history of legally changing his name to whatever program he is coaching…it is pretty bizarre….he started his career as “Jim Indiana School for the Deaf” then moved on….it got really embarrassing for his family when he was coaching at Morehead State, and when he coached at Harvey Mudd college, well, his name literally was mud….

    Thanks folks, try the veal…and don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartender…they're working hard for you….I'll be here all week.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd shoot for under 20 tonight. 15 is definitely optimistic.

    Can we get a Pritchard kick out to Roth ONCE this season?

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd shoot for under 20 tonight. 15 is definitely optimistic.

    Can we get a Pritchard kick out to Roth ONCE this season?

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd shoot for under 20 tonight. 15 is definitely optimistic.

    Can we get a Pritchard kick out to Roth ONCE this season?

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd shoot for under 20 tonight. 15 is definitely optimistic.

    Can we get a Pritchard kick out to Roth ONCE this season?

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd shoot for under 20 tonight. 15 is definitely optimistic.

    Can we get a Pritchard kick out to Roth ONCE this season?

  • HoosierSmitty

    Is it really that bad? Wow…I didn't think two games was a big deal, but possibly four? That stinks to have him setback that far.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Is it really that bad? Wow…I didn't think two games was a big deal, but possibly four? That stinks to have him setback that far.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Is it really that bad? Wow…I didn't think two games was a big deal, but possibly four? That stinks to have him setback that far.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Is it really that bad? Wow…I didn't think two games was a big deal, but possibly four? That stinks to have him setback that far.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Is it really that bad? Wow…I didn't think two games was a big deal, but possibly four? That stinks to have him setback that far.

  • SteveEyl

    You must be forgetting about Don Southwest Missouri State.

    Sorry, that was terrible..

  • TexasHoosier

    Good article here from Yahoo. This guy feels IU was treated too softly for the sanctions, or lack thereof…

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?sl

  • Sallad

    I'm expecting to see 2-6, if #1 happens it'd be like Christmas coming two weeks early.

  • JerryCT

    I am wishing I know. I donot expect improvement on TO's anytime soon since I believe they are part of the major adjustment from HS to college and really hard to coach out of us , especially the kin dof offense we play

  • JerryCT

    What a stupid article. His only point is that he believes the NCAA went easy on IU because the program imploded and he appears to resent the fact that it is moving forward.

    He does not mention:

    1. harsh penalties on the coaches who actually created the violations

    2. IU's extraordinary effort to monitor ALL calls vs a sample like other schools

    3. self penalities should be encouraged by the NCAA

    I guess he has not read or analyzed any of the details of the NCAA report or IU's response

  • Sallad

    It's okay, I almost made a comment about “Steve Bemidji State.”

  • cooper

    Is VJ playing, I should hope he is back by now. I don't think Story can play point, he is a selfish player on offense (not a bad thing on this team where Dumes is the only other player who can create for himself, he does not have a great ball handling (though no one else does either, and I don't think he can get the team in to the offense. What I would like to see is Roth, either running off some screens or playing on the same side of the court as Pritchard so he can get the kick out and he maybe be able to shoot a couple 3pters from the same zip code as the 3 point line.

  • Jones isn't playing tonight and it's doubtful he'll play Saturday.

  • IndianaJoe

    Completely agree. The whole time I read the article I thought he was almost joking. His points suck and so does he. He even brings how college football programs haven't gotten caught for 17 months for breaking the rules. I guess he really doesn't realized that IU told the NCAA about everything. It just kind of makes one wonder if the NCAA would have found out.

  • MikeyD

    how bout a blog on the chances of Pritchard being in the running for freshman of the year in b10? how does he stack up?

  • MikeinNC

    Actually this guy has a history of legally changing his name to whatever program he is coaching…it is pretty bizarre….he started his career as “Jim Indiana School for the Deaf” then moved on….it got really embarrassing for his family when he was coaching at Morehead State, and when he coached at Harvey Mudd college, well, his name literally was mud….

    Thanks folks, try the veal…and don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartender…they're working hard for you….I'll be here all week.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd shoot for under 20 tonight. 15 is definitely optimistic.

    Can we get a Pritchard kick out to Roth ONCE this season?

  • HoosierSmitty

    Is it really that bad? Wow…I didn't think two games was a big deal, but possibly four? That stinks to have him setback that far.