It’s not the NCAA, but it’s a step in the right direction. And the Frogs are set up to make a significant run.
After a season of remarkable strides under Dixon, the chance remains for TCU basketball to take yet-another giant step.
The NIT is not just the Not Invited Tournament any more. It’s not just a consolation prize.
But if you haven’t heard the music in nearly 20 years, you treat it as a basketball coming-out party.
You show the Fresnos and the Iowas what all the shouting in Fort Worth this season was about.
The Bulldogs have been a very good mid-major team, and will present a good first round challenge for TCU. But the Frogs have a size advantage and if they can dominate the glass, will come away with a W.
Fresno State is led by All-Mountain West members Jaron Hopkins and Deshon Taylor. Taylor was selected to the second team and is averaging 12.4 points per game while Hopkins was selected to the third team and is averaging a team-best 13.2 points.
There is a long history of teams using NIT success as a springboard for a future NCAA run... and the Frogs need only look down I-35 for a prime example of that.
We’ll soon see how the Frogs fare in maximizing their postseason opportunity/learning experience in their first NIT appearance since 2005. Dixon likes where they’re positioned.
“I know we’re excited. I think we’ve seen this is a wide-open tournament,” Dixon said. “It comes down to how teams respond to playing in this, who’s healthy and who wants to be there. We haven’t been to the NIT in over a decade, so this is a significant accomplishment for these guys. We had a good practice [Sunday] and I know we’re motivated.”
Josh Watson has quietly put together a solid two weeks, and was the hero Sunday afternoon..
Josh Watson and Nolan Brown had four RBIs apiece Sunday afternoon as No. 1 TCU hammered past UC Irvine 16-7 to salvage the finale of a three-game series at Anteater Ballpark.
Watson got the scoring started for the Horned Frogs (12-3), driving in Austen Wade with a two-out single in the first inning. Watson also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.