It's definitely a quality matchup.
"To play against this level of competition, I think, lets us know what we have to do in the offseason, win or lose, to keep getting better so we can jump back and have a chance to win a conference title and get back into one of those four-team playoff games," Patterson said Thursday in San Antonio.
Let's get it, GP.
"Oregon hasn't been on the (national) stage a long time, but they're new royalty where they've gained the respect of the national media and a few people, and I think that's what TCU has to do," Patterson said a year ago. "People say [TCU] won ballgames, but they did it in the Mountain West. Well there were a lot of good players and a lot of good teams and our record was good against teams that were a part of that system.
It was a sloppy, foul-laden affair, but TCU managed to keep Prairie View A&M without a win.
Vladimir Brodziansky led TCU with 16 points, while forward Devonta Abron registered the second double-double of his career, with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. TCU’s reserves outscored Prairie View 30-12.
It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.
For the game, TCU shot 47.8 percent from the field, including 57.7 percent in the second half alone. The Frogs did most of their damage off the bench, outscoring the Panthers, 30-12. The Purple and White also forced Prairie View into 21 turnovers, while out-rebounding PVAMU to the tune of 38-34.
It's a battle of two great teams.
Both teams are coming off games Wednesday in which they shot more than 60 percent from the field. TCU (7-2) hit at a 61.5 percent clip in its 88-55 win over Stephen F. Austin. Notre Dame (8-1) shot 76.5 percent 95-90 victory over DePaul.
This is the final game the Frogs will play in the Rec Center. It's kind of a bummer the new digs aren't ready for this matchup.
TCU takes the court Saturday against No. 3/3 Notre Dame as the Frogs close out their two-year run in the University Recreation Center before making the move across the street to the renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.