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TCU News: Bane’s Big Night, GP Focused Solely on Tech

TCU Basketball is off to a 2-0 start, while football looks to avoid an 0-2 stretch.


TCU at Texas Tech: What to know about the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders | The Star-Telegram

Remember the last game in Lubbock? Or that time we scored 82 in Fort Worth?

Numbers game

2 Times TCU has trailed at halftime this season, at Iowa State 14-0 and Oklahoma 38-14.

67 Yards receiving for junior receiver Jaelan Austin against Oklahoma, matching his career high set in the Alamo Bowl two years ago.

318 Tackles for linebacker Travin Howard, the most for a player under Gary Patterson at TCU. Howard broke the record of 315 held by Jason Phillips, who played from 2005 to 2008.

Did you know?

The TCU record for points in the series is 82. The Texas Tech record for points in the series is 70. Sonny Cumbie was the co-offensive coordinator for the TCU record and the quarterback for the Texas Tech record.

Who's in? The answer just got a lot more complicated | ESPN

The Big 12, and the post season picture as a whole, is still kind of a disaster.

Big 12: Is Oklahoma the biggest beneficiary of Saturday's upsets?

It would make sense for the one-loss Sooners to hop off the No. 5 bubble and into the top four with their win over No. 6 TCU, as it was OU's third win this season over a top-25 team. Road wins at Ohio State and Oklahoma State continue to bode well for Oklahoma's résumé, as both of those teams also won on Saturday. The Sooners are clearly the team to beat in the Big 12 and could see TCU again in the conference championship game.

Texas Tech looking to match TCU’s physical play | Lubbock Online

Gary Patterson is focused on slowing down a high-powered Red Raider offense.

“For us, its just about Texas Tech,” Patterson said when asked about the Big 12 title game Monday during the Big 12 media teleconference. “None of the rest of that makes any difference if you can’t win the next two. It’s a really tough place to play, 11 o’clock ball game. So, for us, all it can be right now is just how to we find a way to win against Texas Tech coming off an emotional ball game. For us, that’s the only thing we’ve allowed ourselves to think about.”

Texas Tech brings in the seventh-best passing offense in the country, averaging 343.6 yards per game.

But senior wide receiver Cameron Batson is aware of how talented a defense the Red Raiders will play when TCU comes to town. The Horned Frogs have held each of its 2017 opponents below their season scoring, rushing and total offense averages.

“We know they’re athletic guys, they’re fast,” he said of TCU on Sunday. “Obviously, they watch a lot of film because they’re able to read the receiver’s routes pretty well. They play well together.”


Bane 24 points for TCU in 100-63 win over Tennessee Tech | Austin-American Statesman

Desmond Bane was on fire Monday night against and overmatched Tennessee Tech team.

Bane finished 9-of-13 shooting overall, including 6-of-10 on the 3s. He also had five rebounds and four assists.

"Back in high school," Bane said, when the sophomore was asked when he last had a game like that. "Probably the best game I've had since I've been here."

His 3-pointer for the 19-point lead came only a couple of minutes after Robinson fed Bane on the break for a layup, and before TCU had a 52-24 halftime lead.

"It's really a credit to my teammates. They just happened to find me when I was open," Bane said. "Funny, we were on the bench talking. The whole team is capable of it. ... Just when the shots are coming to me, I'm going to step back and knock them down."

TCU, Dixon may have hit something big with one of his last recruits in 2016 | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs’ offense was clicking on all cylinders in their first 100 point game of the Jamie Dixon era.

Bane, a sophomore from Richmond, Ind., who was Dixon’s next-to-last addition to his first recruiting class, made three free throws that helped TCU upset No. 1 Kansas in the Big 12 tournament. Then he wound up starting the final four games in the Frogs’ NIT championship run last year.

Playing in place of Jaylen Fisher (the first recruit Dixon signed at TCU), who broke his wrist in the NIT opener, Bane scored 13 points in his first two NIT games as a starter and averaged nine points in the five games.

His sophomore season is young, but off to a flying start on offense.

Bane scored 12 in the season opener last week against ULM. In two games, he has averaged 18 points in 27 minutes.

“He’s getting wide-open looks,” Dixon said. “That’s the thing in our offense that is really good. We space the floor. Defenses will become bigger, stronger as we go forward. A lot of those things is just passing, the delivery, the spacing.”