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Football

TCUs best player? Running back Kyle Hicks, says Gary Patterson | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Yes. Yes he is. And he’s expected to play this week despite suffering an ankle injury early in the game against Texas Tech.

“Yeah, he’s our best player,” Patterson said Tuesday at his weekly press conference, asked if the lack of Hicks hurt the offense against Texas Tech. “I said that last week before we played. I think he’s our best player. Again, you have a guy that can be a wide receiver, he can motion out, he understands everything, he’s a great jump-cut guy, he’s got natural speed.”

Quarterback controversy continues as TCU heads to Waco to face Baylor | TCU 360

Patterson suggested on Tuesday that we could see both Hill and Sawyer during Saturday’s game against Baylor.

“To the best of his knowledge, Kenny Hill remains the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback,” Patterson said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. Adding that fans “may see both” Hill and backup Foster Sawyer in the game.

TCU’s Turpin not 100 percent, but could get larger role at Baylor | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Patterson noted that he put Turpin back on the final kickoff against Tech because “it was winning time.” Hopefully Turpin is healthy enough to be a factor in that aspect of the game this weekend.

KaVontae Turpin is not 100 percent in his recovery from a knee injury, but he has given the offense a lift and should get a larger role this week against Baylor, TCU coach Gary Patterson said.

TCU-Baylor preview: Matchup marks start of push for bowl berth | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU needs two wins in their last four games to become bowl eligible. Those games are against Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Kansas State. This Baylor game could be a weird one.

TCU has lost consecutive games for the first time since 2013 and must win two of its four remaining games to become bowl-eligible. The Frogs expect more production Saturday from WR/KR KaVontae Turpin, who was effective but took limited snaps against Tech in his return from a knee injury sustained Sept. 17 against Iowa State. Baylor is coming off its first loss of the season, 35-34 to Texas. The Bears have struggled with penalties (72.1 yards per game) and field-goal accuracy (8-of-13, 61.5 pct.), ranking next-to-last among Big 12 teams in both areas.

Russell cleared to play against TCU | Waco Tribune-Herald

The Baylor QB showed signs of a concussion after the loss to Texas, and went through concussion protocol earlier this week.

Russell was given a CT scan following the Bears’ 35-34 loss to Texas last weekend after experiencing nausea and grogginess. He has been practicing with the team this week.

“My guess is he didn’t have a concussion,” said Baylor coach Jim Grobe. “He was maybe dehydrated. The game lasted like 12 hours.”

Men’s Basketball

Aussie standout Mayen commits to play at TCU | Fort Worth Star Telegram

His coach, Andrew Jantke, confirmed the commitment earlier this week, and noted that he wants to help build TCU into a powerhouse. Maybe is the No. 2 rated prospect out of Australia.

“He has big aspirations of getting to the NBA and performing on that big stage in America,” Jantke said. “Obviously, TCU is an up-and-coming program. He would like to help establish them as a powerhouse.”

Soccer

TCU Advances; Blanks Kansas 1-0 | GoFrogs.com

TCU soccer beat No. 24 Kansas in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday. They’ll face 3-seed Baylor in the semifinals on Friday.

Allison Ganter's goal in the 51st minute broke a scoreless tie and stood up as the game-winner as TCU advanced to the Big 12 Championship semifinal game with a 1-0 win over No. 2 seed Kansas.