It was a balanced attack from TCU, who got a great first half from Fisher, and a great start and finish from Vlad. Alex Robinson and Kenny Hustle made plays all night long, and the Frogs came out with their first win in Austin in 30 years.
TCU went scoreless for more than five minutes, and without a field goal for nearly seven, in the second half. The Horned Frogs trailed by seven with less than nine minutes remaining. Then they made a 12-0 push, including six points by Brodziansky, as Texas went scoreless for 5:33.
Jamie Dixon didn’t hide from the fact that TCU has not been good in Austin historically. He and his players faced it head on, and came out on top.
“Obviously, a great win for us. Before the game, I let our guys know that we hadn’t won here in 30 years. So we needed to put an end to that,” Dixon said. “Road wins have been few and far between for us in the Big 12. That’s been a big emphasis for us.”
TCU’s rally came against a UT team that was visibly frustrated all night, as they never could quite pull away despite mounting multiple eight point leads.
Against the Horned Frogs (13-3, 2-2), those frustrations presented themselves in familiar fashion. UT missed 10 of its 14 3-point attempts, committed 17 turnovers, allowed TCU to secure several key offensive rebounds, and went through stretches in which it seemed to have no clear objective.
Taking the biggest advantage of the Longhorns' sloppiness was TCU forward Vlad Brodziansky, who led all players with 19 points and scored what proved to be the game-winning layup on a pick-and-roll with 50 seconds left.
It wasn’t quite as good a night for the women just a couple clicks up I-35, who ran into a buzzsaw in a Baylor team that hasn’t lost in conference play.
TCU (8-8, 0-5) has lost 21 in a row since 1991 against the Lady Bears, including 0-9 mark in the five seasons the Frogs have been in the Big 12.
AJ Alix led TCU with 17 points, while Jada Butts had 15.
It was not a good year for the Lone Star State as far as their flagship sport is concerned. Gary Patterson has some thoughts as to why.
“I think some of the better players have left the state in the last three to four years,” Patterson said. “We’ve got to do a better job keeping guys at home. We’ve got great skill here but not as many big bodies as what we used to have.”
It’s not going to be a big class, number’s wise, but the talent is off the charts.
The Frogs’ highest rated recruit is QB Shawn Robinson (DeSoto), the highest rated player ever at that position to sign with TCU. Enrolling later this month, Robinson is likely to compete for snaps this spring, and could push Kenny Hill (Southlake) for the starting job in the fall. Joining Robinson on offense is four star receiver Omar Manning (Lancaster), one of the best in the state – though he is being heavily pursued by other programs, including Texas. Kenedy Snell and Jalen Reagor, teammates out of Waxahachie, are a pair of speedsters who can be immediate contributors as receivers in TCU’s high-flying offense. The offensive line picks up a four star commit as well in Aledo’s Wes Harris, who has been one of the best recruiters for the program since giving his verbal back in May of 2015.