After finishing the 2009-2010 season with a 95-85 loss to BYU in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Championships, the TCU men's basketball team will have a new look entering its regular season opener.
The most notable roster difference is the number of transfers acquired during the offseason who are now part of the Horned Frogs squad.
Guards J.R. Cadot and Sammy Yeager and forward Andre Clark, all juniors, signed National Letters of Intent in April after finding success during their junior college years at their previous schools.
The No. 10 Horned Frogs (23-7) will travel to Provo this week to play their second series of the season against conference opponent BYU (16-16). Earlier in the season, TCU won the series against the Cougars 2-1.
TCU enters the series with a four-game winning streak in which the pitching staff allowed only five total runs.
The trio of starting pitchers, freshman Matt Purke, sophomore Kyle Winkler and red shirt junior Steven Maxwell, have a combined 14-0 record.
The No. 10 TCU Horned Frogs (24-7) won their fourth straight game against Texas A&M (20-11-1) in front of a record-breaking crowd of 4,375 at Lupton Stadium on Tuesday night.
The senior pitching duo of Paul Gerrish and Tyler Lockwood led the team's defensive dominance by only allowing one run.
"The defense was the story of the night," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
Gerrish started on the mound and pitched four and a third solid innings, allowing only a solo home run by junior left fielder Joaquin Hinojosa in the fifth.
The No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs (10-2) held onto their one run lead to down the Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-7) Friday night at Lupton Stadium, 8-7.
The win was sealed after Texas Tech's Jamodrick McGruder was picked off by redshirt sophomore third baseman Aaron Schultz in the final inning.
TCU's starting pitcher, junior Steven Maxwell, tallied four strike outs in the first three innings of play.
The golf teams will travel to compete in their respective invitational tournaments this weekend.
The men's team will play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas. The Frogs finished ninth overall in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational earlier in the month.
The women's team will compete in the Tiger/Wave Classic in New Orleans. The tournament roster consists of 23 teams, nine of which are currently ranked among the top-20 programs in the nation.
Although the Lady Frogs have already clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title, they still have more to play for in their final regular season game Saturday.
"Every win is important at this point, because it determines seeding for the NCAA Tournament," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We are projected to play in that 8-9 game. We can get out of that if we can win some more games."
The Lady Frogs can now call themselves Mountain West Conference Champions. TCU (22-6; 12-3 MWC) boasts an undefeated home record after defeating the University of New Mexico Lobos 66-54 Tuesday night.
The TCU squad prevented the Lobos from scoring during the first six minutes of play, but New Mexico acquired a one point edge only two minutes later.
New Mexico's 6-foot-6 senior center Valerie Kast replaced starting junior forward Jessica Kielpinski after a hard hit to the face early in the first half. Kast provided size that was difficult to defend.
The TCU Lady Frogs (21-6; 11-3 Mountain West) will face the New Mexico Lobos (17-10; 9-6 MWC) tonight for their final home game of the regular season. A win will allow the Lady Frogs to clinch the MWC title and mark the 22nd consecutive win in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Earlier in the season, TCU lost their lead midway through the second half and ended up falling to the Lobos on the road, 60-53. New Mexico travels to Fort Worth with a three-game winning streak.