December 6, 2011; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs forward Garlon Green (33) shoots against Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Toddrick Gotcher (20) in the second half at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum. TCU won 75-69. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preview: TCU Horned Frogs

The 2011-2012 season was a decent one for the TCU Horned Frogs. They started 10-5 after their first fifteen non-conference games. After their entire Mountain West Conference (MWC) schedule and one more non-conference game against SMU, the Horned Frogs had an overall record of 17-14 and had a MWC record of 7-7 after their conference tournament.

They did not make it to the NCAA Tournament, but did make it to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament. They won their first game against Milwaukee, but lost their quarterfinal game against Oregon State. They finished with an overall record of 18-15.

The biggest news out of TCU this offseason came at the beginning of September. On September 10th, the Horned Frogs found out from the NCAA that sophomore forward Devonta Abron will be eligible to compete for them this season. He will not be required to sit out an entire season because of the NCAA bylaws regarding undergraduate transfers.

Abron transferred to TCU from Arkansas over the summer. During his freshman year with the Razorbacks, he scored 5.7 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 4.2 rebounds and played just over 16 minutes per game.

The Horned Frogs will be without their two leading scorers from a season ago. Both J.R. Cadot and Hank Thorns both graduated from TCU last spring. They both led the team in scoring with 11.4 and 13.5 points per game respectively. Cadot also led to team in rebounds per game (7.0) and steals per game (1.5) while Thorns led the team in assists per game (4.6).

Well, there is no way TCU will be able to replace Cadot’s 7.0 rebounds per game overnight. This year, the Horned Frogs will most likely need to be a more “rebound on committee” type of team. Everyone will need to chip in on the boards.

On the offensive side of the ball, two players in which TCU will turn to are Garlon Green and Amric Fields. Green is the senior guard/forward and averaged 9.9 points per game last season. He is also TCU’s active leader in games played (97), starts (57), points (829), and rebounds (340). Fields is a junior forward and averaged 9.6 points per game last season. Fields was the 2011-2012 Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year and is TCU’s active leader in blocked shots (37).

TCU only has twelve non-conference games on it’s schedule this year. The notable opponents on their non-conference schedule are SMU, Northwestern, Houston, and Rice. The Horned Frogs should have no problem with these games.

However, the Big 12 Conference schedule will definitely give the Horned Frogs a much harder time. Six of the nine Big 12 opponents on TCU’s schedule made the NCAA Tournament last year. Among those six teams are Baylor and Kansas. Both the Bears and the Jayhawks made it to the Elite Eight last season and the Jayhawks even made it all the way to the National Championship game. Is TCU going to be at the bottom of the Big 12? No, but they will most likely not be dancing in March.

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