The Frogs have won in Kansas City before, but have never been to the semis in the Big 12 tournament. A very good Iowa State teams awaits them there, but TCU will be ready.
The upset allowed the Horned Frogs (19-14) to post their 19th victory of the season under first-year coach Jamie Dixon, the school’s most victories in any season as a Big 12 member. TCU earned a Friday matchup against Iowa State in the semifinals, marking the deepest journey TCU has made in the conference tournament as a Big 12 member.
Guard Kenrich Williams led TCU in scoring with 18 points and Bane added 16 off the bench. The triumph ended TCU’s 22-game losing streak to ranked opponents that dated to a 70-55 victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015.
Impossible not to be happy for Brandon Parrish, who has been an incredible ambassador for TCU. Though he struggled down the stretch, he has come up huge in TCU’s tournament run. Bane, on the other hand, will forever be written into TCU lore, and his story is just beginning.
Dixon said Bane, who was playing high school basketball at this time last season in Richmond, Ind., has made significant strides since the start of the season.
“I worry about him at times with pressure, getting used to it,” Dixon said. “But he’s gotten better over time. He’s no longer a freshman. Desmond has played better and earned the minutes. He needs to play more. It makes us better. This was a big step. It’s just great to see.”
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America officially has a bid stealer.
The Horned Frogs’ dramatic win over Kansas on Thursday night put Jamie Dixon’s squad two wins away from the NCAA Tournament and also increased the anxiety for every team in college basketball that’s currently on the bubble.
If TCU wins two more games then another bubble team won’t hear its name called on Selection Sunday — it’s that simple.
The Horned Frogs will next face Iowa State on Friday night in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
The Jayhawks will still be a number one seed in the tourney, while the Frogs are fighting to work their way back on to the bubble.
If this game has any major NCAA Tournament implications at all, it might be for TCU. Jamie Dixon’s club wasn’t in the tournament picture at all entering the day, according to Mandel and many others, but that could change. Thursday’s win alone likely doesn’t do it for the Horned Frogs, but they’re now just two wins against lower-ranked opponents from an automatic bid.
By caught him a little bit, you mean landed on top of him, right, Svi?
The game was knotted at 82-82 when TCU’s Desmond Bane was fouled by Svi Mykhailiuk — who busted a recent slump by scoring 18 for KU —on a three-point attempt from the corner, right in front of TCU’s bench, with 2.5 seconds left. Bane, who scored 16 points hit all three free throws.
“I thought I blocked it and it was clean. They called it, so it was a foul,” Mykhailiuk said.“I think when I blocked it I fell into him. I just caught him a little bit. They called the foul.”
There was utter elation on the part of TCU, but they aren’t yet satisfied. But, for the seniors, including Brandon Parrish, it’s a pretty special way to cap their careers.
Instead, the Horned Frogs showed remarkable composure in the Jayhawks' home-away-from-home. And when Graham's heave from the wing bounced off the rim and the buzzer sounded, the tournament's top seed was done in the quarterfinals for the first time in seven years.
''This is the win of my career right here, to be completely honest,'' Parrish said. ''This is the high point of my whole career. I'm just happy to have these guys, my brothers, here with me.''
If you put ‘kicks in groin’ in your headline, you’re getting linked. Also... think Pitt fans regret trying to push Dixon out the door?
The Horned Frogs are 19-14 overall, and thanks to a late-season losing streak probably need to run the table this weekend to make the NCAA tournament. Still, Dixon has a great shot at 20 wins and just beat the third-ranked team in the country. Stallings isn’t good enough to coach in the NIT.
Parting ways with Dixon wasn’t inherently dumb. Replacing him with Stallings might’ve been. It’s impossible to say for sure, but the juxtaposition is probably never going to be more stark than it was on Thursday afternoon. Just look at those faces.
It’s hard to have a target on your back game in and game out, but a mature, veteran TCU team hasn’t been phased thus far.
Six times, TCU has trailed after an inning or half an inning, including 5-0 against Texas A&M and 4-1 against LSU in Houston.
“That’s the whole ‘embrace the target,’ ” Schlossnagle said. “That’s what that means. You know you’re going to get everybody’s best shot.”
Be prepared to read a lot of opinion pieces on who should be TCU’s starter come September.
But during the season Hill's inconsistency made fans unsure of the Frog's’ ability to lead. After Hill suffered an ankle injury, Sawyer started the game against Kansas State.
The struggle of the offense wasn't all Hill's fault, though. TCU ranked last in the country for the number of dropped balls. Patterson said going into the fall, his receivers need to have more confidence. He’s looking to grow and mature his receivers now and during the summer, so whoever is throwing the ball to them knows it has a chance to be caught.