This game is going to be a good ol’ Big 12 shootout.
The teams have combined for more than 100 points in their last two outings, both won by the Horned Frogs. The total reached 107 last year in Lubbock, when the Frogs rallied for a 55-52 victory on Aaron Green’s 4-yard touchdown catch with 23 seconds remaining. TCU collected a school-record 82 of the 109 points scored in the teams’ 2014 meeting in Fort Worth.
Tech is really going to spread TCU’s secondary thin. Mahomes has a ton of weapons.
Jonathan Giles is 7th in the nation in receiving yards and 2nd in the Big 12, trailing Oklahoma's Dede Westbrook by just 13 yards. He's tied for the nation's lead in touchdown catches with 11, as well. Cameron Batson has 6 touchdowns, which puts him in the top 25 in the country. But it's not just those two. Tech has 7 receivers with double-digit grabs that average over 10 yards per catch. When Mahomes spreads it around, he's got plenty of options.
Dixon and the Frogs have a lot of work to do to build off the off-the-court momentum that has been surrounding the program since his hire.
The Horned Frogs haven't won an NCAA Tournament game since 1987, when Dixon was a senior guard for them, and their last tournament appearance was 1998. While Dixon led Pitt to 11 NCAAs the past 13 seasons, he has a big challenge at his alma mater. TCU has won only eight Big 12 games in four seasons since moving to the power conference that has been the top RPI league each of the last three seasons.