Jamie Dixon and his TCU Horned Frogs have, in fine Old Testament tradition, been plagued.
TCU basketball has constantly had to fight against injuries this season, much as it did last season. We have covered this story at CBB Today. You can get this primer on all the bodies which have been dropping like flies — or is it Frogs? — over the past 20 months or so in Fort Worth.
Yet, in the face of these injuries, the Frogs have pressed on… and they will almost certainly make the
NCAA Tournament as a result of their sustained resilience.
TCU’s loss at Oklahoma State last Monday moved the team closer to the bubble, endangering a spot in the Big Dance, but after a massive 75-72 win on Saturday over Iowa State, TCU’s place in the field looks fairly solid. Merely avoiding a bad loss against West Virginia this next week will go a long way toward locking down another NCAA bid for TCU.
The Horned Frogs are close to doing something they haven’t done since the Korean War ended. The last time TCU made NCAA Tournaments in consecutive seasons: 1953.
A proud coach talked about the way his players are redefining TCU basketball:
“I know it’s a new world for TCU and talking about tournament, and going again, and going two years in a row,” Dixon said. “But this is where I expect us to be, and where we should be… Our goals haven’t changed; granted no one’s probably lost as many guys as we have. But the goals haven’t changed and our expectations haven’t changed.”
If anything, expectations will only grow as a result of a second Big Dance in as many seasons. TCU can’t pop the champagne just yet, but a win over West Virginia plus one more win anywhere on the schedule (including the Big 12 Tournament) should be enough at this point.
TCU’s new world looks a lot better today than it did before Saturday’s game against Iowa State. That point is indisputable.
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