Editor’s Note: Ahead of the most anticipated season in recent TCU Basketball history, we welcome a new writer to the staff that will help cover the Frogs push to March Madness. Give a hearty hello to Christian Tjoa, a current junior at TCU studying Political Science with minors in Math and Film. Christian is a big sports fan and knows as much about basketball as anyone I know. We are really excited to welcome him to the staff - give him a follow on twitter @whynotletitfly
TCU basketball has received more recognition this offseason than any in the past few decades, being just outside the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll and ranked #14 in the KenPom rankings. This trend has continued, as the Frogs debuted at #24 in the ESPN basketball power rankings.
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The last time we saw the Horned Frogs, they beat Georgia Tech by 32 to win the NIT championship. With all five starters returning from that team, Jamie Dixon has high hopes for this season. There should also be improved depth, with the addition of talented freshmen R.J. Nembhard and Kevin Samuel.
The top ten is as follows: Duke, Arizona, Michigan State, Kansas, Wichita State, USC, Kentucky, Villanova, Cincinnati, and Minnesota. The Frogs and Jayhawks are joined by West Virginia (#13) in the rankings. This mirrors most preseason projections, which have TCU finishing third in the conference behind the Jayhawks and Mountaineers.
The Big 12 as a whole figures to be stout once again, with all ten teams ranked in the top 50 in the KenPom rankings. However, considering that TCU brings back its top six scorers from a year ago, the Frogs should be in good shape to improve on their 24-15 record from a year ago.
TCU basketball had to prove people wrong last year, and now Coach Dixon’s squad will have to live up to heavy expectations. With eyes on their first bid to March Madness since 1998 and unprecedented excitement around the team, the 2017-18 season should be an exciting one for the Frogs.