This is a resume-making win for the Frogs in the non-con, who now have two signature skins on the wall. And yet, Dixon still wants them to be better.
TCU (10-0) never trailed while playing the last game of a tripleheader in front of a sparse, late-night crowd at Staples Center. Jaylen Fisher scored 20 points, and Kenrich Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double during the streak.
"I was just trying to feed off my teammates, let them give me open shots and let their drive feed my drive," Fisher said.
The Horned Frogs are off to their best start since going 13-0 in 2014-15.
"We've gotten better the last two weeks," coach Jamie Dixon said. "We've really adapted and done some things better. We can be really good. Our offensive numbers are about as good as they can be. Defensively, we're getting better."
The Frogs withstood a late charge and a cold shooting stretch to stay ahead of the Wolfpack from start to finish.
TCU shot 55.6 percent from the field, including 10-of-18 3-pointers. Nevada had a relatively off shooting night, hitting 45.8 percent of its attempts, including 6-of-18 from three. The Wolf Pack missed 10 of its 30 free throws.
“We make our foul shots tonight," Musselman said, "and the outcome could be different."
Despite playing a poor first half, the Wolf Pack did mount a second-half charge. TCU went up by 16 on a Fisher 3-pointer with 9 minutes, 53 seconds remaining and seemed to be cruising to a victory before the Martin twins and Jordan Caroline pushed the Wolf Pack back into the picture. Nevada crept within five points on three occasions to get within striking distance before TCU pushed its lead back up to nine with 1:07 left.
This is an interesting little nugget.
Cahill, a caddie a Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, is the back-up long snapper for the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs, who will face number 15 Stanford University December 28 in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. A year ago, Cahill was in uniform when TCU fell to Georgia in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
“It’s exciting. I’m enjoying the traveling. I haven’t been on the field yet, but I have to always be ready because you never know when you may be called upon,” said Cahill, who receives a $3,500 NJSGA college tuition grant each year. He is majoring in strategic communications with an eye on a job in advertising or marketing.
Pay for play will be an ongoing topic, but there’s no way the NFL revenue-sharing model would be the basis.
Power 5 athletes receive tuition, room and board, plus “cost of attendance” stipends. At TCU, the scholarship is valued at $58,090, and athletes received a stipend of $4,700 in 2015-16.
TCU’s football program has generated an average of $44.6 million each of the past three years, according to the Department of Education. Last year at TCU, the football team’s $52 million in revenue yielded an $18.5 million profit. That money was used to cover the fiscal losses of the other teams on campus.
Oh. This might not be good.
In the tax bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week, athletic donations would no longer count as charitable contributions, so donors wouldn’t be able to write off expenses as a part of their tax deductibles.
“We are keeping a watchful eye on that, and while nothing’s been determined 100 percent yet, we do think there will be some kind of ramification for athletic giving,” said TCU Deputy Athletics Director Jeremiah Donati. “We do think there may be an effect on capital giving which is what we are talking about with the stadium renovation.”