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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  • Can we get confirmation that Jim Christian is the only college basketball coach in America that shares his last name with the name of the school?

  • Can we get confirmation that Jim Christian is the only college basketball coach in America that shares his last name with the name of the school?

  • Can we get confirmation that Jim Christian is the only college basketball coach in America that shares his last name with the name of the school?

  • Can we get confirmation that Jim Christian is the only college basketball coach in America that shares his last name with the name of the school?

  • Can we get confirmation that Jim Christian is the only college basketball coach in America that shares his last name with the name of the school?

  • HoosierSmitty

    I heard a rumor from an extremely reliable albeit anonymous source that the name thing was the REAL reason he took the job – the desire to be unique and noteworthy was too irresistible.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I heard a rumor from an extremely reliable albeit anonymous source that the name thing was the REAL reason he took the job – the desire to be unique and noteworthy was too irresistible.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I heard a rumor from an extremely reliable albeit anonymous source that the name thing was the REAL reason he took the job – the desire to be unique and noteworthy was too irresistible.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I heard a rumor from an extremely reliable albeit anonymous source that the name thing was the REAL reason he took the job – the desire to be unique and noteworthy was too irresistible.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I heard a rumor from an extremely reliable albeit anonymous source that the name thing was the REAL reason he took the job – the desire to be unique and noteworthy was too irresistible.

  • JerryCT

    This will be a tough game as they all are. The things I will be looking for are:

    1) less than 15 TO's
    2) more 3pt FG's
    3) inside out passing from Pritchard
    4) more zone
    5) Williams playing hard every minute, no jogging
    6) Story at the point

  • JerryCT

    This will be a tough game as they all are. The things I will be looking for are:

    1) less than 15 TO's
    2) more 3pt FG's
    3) inside out passing from Pritchard
    4) more zone
    5) Williams playing hard every minute, no jogging
    6) Story at the point

  • JerryCT

    This will be a tough game as they all are. The things I will be looking for are:

    1) less than 15 TO's
    2) more 3pt FG's
    3) inside out passing from Pritchard
    4) more zone
    5) Williams playing hard every minute, no jogging
    6) Story at the point

  • JerryCT

    This will be a tough game as they all are. The things I will be looking for are:

    1) less than 15 TO's
    2) more 3pt FG's
    3) inside out passing from Pritchard
    4) more zone
    5) Williams playing hard every minute, no jogging
    6) Story at the point

  • JerryCT

    This will be a tough game as they all are. The things I will be looking for are:

    1) less than 15 TO's
    2) more 3pt FG's
    3) inside out passing from Pritchard
    4) more zone
    5) Williams playing hard every minute, no jogging
    6) Story at the point

  • SteveEyl

    You must be forgetting about Don Southwest Missouri State.

    Sorry, that was terrible..

  • SteveEyl

    You must be forgetting about Don Southwest Missouri State.

    Sorry, that was terrible..

  • SteveEyl

    You must be forgetting about Don Southwest Missouri State.

    Sorry, that was terrible..

  • SteveEyl

    You must be forgetting about Don Southwest Missouri State.

    Sorry, that was terrible..

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Sallad

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

  • Sallad

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

  • Sallad

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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • Sallad

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

  • Sallad

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

  • Sallad

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.