Big 12 foe slated for home debut

After losing the last two games of a three-game road trip, the Horned Frogs will face the University of Nebraska in their 2008 home opener Wednesday at 7 p.m.

This will be new head coach Jim Christian’s first regular season home game at TCU. Christian was lured to TCU last March from Kent State, where he accumulated a 138-58 record over six seasons and made the NCAA Tournament twice. He said he hopes to bring those winning ways to Fort Worth.

Nebraska is the first of three Big 12 teams TCU is scheduled to play this season.

“We’ve set up our schedule to play really good basketball teams early in the year so our guys can get experience and grow and learn,” Christian said. “We’re going to learn some things about ourselves [against Nebraska].”

The Horned Frogs will be playing their first game after dropping back-to-back games against Clemson University and the College of Charleston in the ESPN Charleston Classic. Those two losses followed a victory over Western Michigan University in Christian’s debut as the TCU coach.

“We’re coming off three games in three days,” Christian said after practice Tuesday. “It’s more just game preparation and getting guys ready to go and excited to play.”

After three games Edvinas Ruzgas leads the team with 47 points. Kevin Langford is second on the team with 39, 27 of those came against Charleston last Sunday.

Although Christian said he feels that the TCU offense will have to take a committee approach to scoring, he describes Langford as the “key to our offense.”

“It’s good to see him have that kind of a night and build his confidence,” Christian said.

Nebraska is 1-0 on the season after defeating San Jose State last Sunday. The Cornhuskers won that contest 63-46.

This game will be the first in a four-game home stand for the Frogs.