The Frogs have lived by the mantra of being the first TCU team to do... well, just about everything... in the Big 12 this season, and they know that avenging the January loss will help them accomplish their ultimate first goal.
“I feel like every team that gets in needs that one stamp win, especially if you’re trying to get an at-large bid,” guard Brandon Parrish said. “This would be a great win for our résumé. If we can pull this off, it would be an even better win for the TCU community and our team morale.”
While this article says TCU got ‘thumped’, it’s clearly written by someone who didn’t watch the game. This one was tight until the waning moments - despite the Frogs’ terrible shooting performance - and no one will be surprised if today’s game comes down to the final possessions as well.
Perhaps the reason it was taxing for Drew is his team struggled to deal with TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks that night.
“(Brodziansky has) had monster games and a lot of NBA scouts are looking at him for a reason,” Drew said.
Baylor has a great counter to Brodziansky, though, as Bears forward Johnathan Motley averages 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He’s on the short list for Big 12 Player of the Year as well as several national awards.
It appears that this rivalry has stretched from the football field to the hardwood, as these two teams exchanged blows for 40 minutes in Fort Worth, and could very well do the same Saturday in Waco.
But back to the point – TCU first-year coach Jamie Dixon, somehow, has a shot at getting his team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.
“(Dixon) brought in good players, and he had some returning players that developed and improved from last year,” Drew said. “Talented players with experienced players, so that’s improved … also, he’s just done a good job in coaching them, with their defense and rebounding and making sure they take high-percentage shots.”
The Frogs should benefit both from the ‘cool factor’ and the increased team-time with their new addition.
“It’s hard with who we’re recruiting against,” said coach Gary Patterson. “We have to do a better job as schools in the state of Texas in how we keep them.”
The new addition benefits both future and current members of TCU Football.
“The arcade is great for our team’s chemistry,” said player Grayson Muehlstein. “It’s a place where we can relax and have some fun spending time with teammates.”
Alek Thomas is a fascinating prospect, a three sport star who plans to play two and major in engineering at TCU. His dad is director of strength and conditioning for the White Sox, so Alek should be just about college ready by the time he steps foot on campus.
Thomas, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior who would be part of the class of 2018, played quarterback in football for Mount Carmel and according to a Chicago Tribune story “is regarded as one of the most gifted baseball players in the Midwest.”
As a sophomore outfielder, Thomas — who hits and throws left-handed — batted .394 with seven doubles, five triples and 10 home runs.