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TCU News: Frogs Make WNIT, Baseball Heads to Rice

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Baseball

TCU visits Rice before opening Big 12 baseball season | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU walloped Rice earlier this season, and will look to right the ship after being blasted by USC on Sunday.

The Horned Frogs blanked the Owls 10-0 on Feb. 27 at Minute Maid Park in Houston in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.

Baseball Heads To Rice For Tuesday Game | GoFrogs.com

Hopefully the bats get going again.

TCU boasts a Big 12-best .503 slugging percentage, a mark that ranks 12th nationally. The Horned Frogs have collected 33 doubles (2nd in the Big 12), 11 triples (3rd nationally) and 13 home runs (tied for tops in the Big 12).

Men's Basketball

Trent Johnson's firing was perfectly predictable | Dallas Morning News

I agree with CDC, there's no reason TCU can't have a good basketball program.

"However, we believe change is needed in the leadership of our men's basketball program," Del Conte said. "With our new facility and playing in the Big 12, the strongest basketball conference in the country, we're positioned well to have a men's basketball program that makes TCU and Fort Worth proud."

TCU fired a good man, and now it must decide what kind of basketball program it wants | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The two things aren't mutually exclusive. You can have a good man and a good basketball program.

“The thing I struggle with is the kids, the players,” he said. “These guys need this school. They need this place. Regardless of how many injuries we had and regardless of being out of our facility and in a high school gym for a year and a half, they never complained. They bought in to everything. I talked to them constantly about becoming men, the academic part, and they did it all.”

Women's Basketball

TCU to host first round WNIT game on Thursday | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Frogs play at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Scholly. They've already beaten UTRGV once this year, 71-67.

The TCU women will host UT Rio Grande Valley in a first round game of the 2016 Postseason Women’s NIT after accepting an invitation late Monday night.

TCU Heading to Women's NIT | GoFrogs.com

The Frogs are making their 14th appearance in the past 16 years.

TCU is appearing in the postseason for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons. The 14 appearances are tied for the third most in that time span among Big 12 programs, trailing only Baylor (16) and Oklahoma (16). It is the fifth time in program history that TCU will play in the Postseason Women's NIT. Head coach Raegan Pebley is making her fourth career appearance in the Postseason Women's NIT, including second consecutive.