Even though TCU basketball lost to No. 6 Kansas on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Horned Frogs received plenty of praise. They battled back from a 12-point deficit and showed why they’ll be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament.
A 1- or a 2-seed would not want to face a surging TCU team with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
As CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein wrote on Twitter, “What I saw in the last 48 hours, I would not want to see TCU on a neutral court in the Round of 32. Horned Frogs are typical second round nuisance. Take note.”
This is a TCU team that is playing with confidence and coming together at the right time. Sophomore guard Mike Miles said that if Thursday’s game at Kansas had been two or three weeks ago, the team likely would’ve folded when it fell in the early hole.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do that [and take it to the final buzzer],” Miles said. “Coming here to Kansas, a hard place to play, all the fans here, it’s packed, it’s full, it just shows how good of a team we are. We’ve got a lot of confidence no matter who we’re playing so that’s what that is.”
Miles went on to say that the Frogs’ ceiling is “as high as we want to go.”
“We know we can win a national championship,” Miles said. “That’s the goal. We wanted to make the NCAA Tournament, we did that. Now we want to win it all. We can’t look too far. We’ve still got West Virginia and we want to win a Big 12 Tournament.”
TCU closes out the regular season with a game at West Virginia this afternoon. Here’s everything else you need to know going into the game:
When/where: 1 p.m. Thursday, WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va.
TV/radio: Big 12 Now on ESPN+ (Mark Neely, Lance Blanks); KLIF (570 AM) with Brian Estridge and John Denton
Records: TCU 19-10, 8-9 Big 12; West Virginia 14-16, 3-14 Big 12
About TCU: The Frogs won the first meeting, 77-67, on Feb. 21 in Fort Worth. … TCU is 0-9 all-time in Morgantown. … The Frogs are playing their seventh game in 14 days to close out the regular season. … With a win, TCU will secure the 5-seed in the Big 12 Tournament. If the Frogs are the 5-seed, they would face 4-seed Texas in the quarterfinals on Thursday. … The Frogs could lose and still clinch the 5-seed, or possibly drop to the 6-seed, depending on what else happens in the league. … A win would give TCU its fourth 20-win season under Jamie Dixon and just its 15th in program history. … In the NCAA’s NET rankings, TCU is tied for 11th nationally with six “Quad 1” wins. Quad 1 victories are considered home victories against teams ranked in the top-30; neutral victories against the top-50; and road victories against the top-75.
About West Virginia: The Mountaineers are on a seven-game losing streak, but two of their last three losses have been by one possession. … Guard Taz Sherman ranks second in the conference in scoring at 18.1 points per game. Sherman scored 23 points in the first meeting against TCU. … WVU leads the all-time series 16-4. … WVU coach Bob Huggins is a finalist for the 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame class. To date, Huggins has won 913 games over his career.
TCU: Mike Miles, Damion Baugh, Chuck O’Bannon Jr., Emanuel Miller, Eddie Lampkin
West Virginia: Taz Sherman, Jalen Bridges, Sean McNeil, Isaiah Cottrell, Kedrian Johnson
TCU didn’t knock off No. 6 Kansas twice in three days. Not many expected that. But the Frogs showed something in Lawrence, a team that won’t be an easy out during March Madness. The Frogs appear to be a team on the rise. They didn’t get their first win at Allen Fieldhouse, but they’ll get their first win at West Virginia. TCU 74, West Virginia 66.