Tuesday’s NIT victory at Schollmaier Arena was a fitting send-off for TCU’s four seniors, and the score enabled Jamie Dixon to give each Frog a chance to sub out and receive applause and love from the packed house. But they aren’t done yet.
TCU never was seriously pushed thereafter while punching its ticket to next week’s semifinals in Madison Square Garden against either Illinios or Central Florida. Four Frogs finished as double-digit scorers and two others had at least eight points.
After the contest, Dixon and the team’s four seniors thanked the crowd as Frank Sinatra’s iconic verson of New York, New York blared over the arena PA system.
Kenny Hustle just does Kenny Hustle things. And now, he will forever be a part of the TCU record books.
Vlad Brodziansky scored 20 points, Kenrich Williams had the first triple-double in TCU history and the Horned Frogs rolled over Richmond 86-68 on Tuesday night to win their bracket of the NIT and advance to the Final Four for the first time.
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It was over ten minutes into the game.
“They move the ball so well and they’re so athletic,” said Cline. “Even when (defended well), they can just seem to break it off, that’s kind of a Big 12 player for you, and they have the skill and the size and the strength to do it.”
It was a complete offensive effort from TCU, which ran Richmond out of the gym Tuesday.
TCU's offense headed into Tuesday's game knowing what was expected. Kenrich Williams said he always has thought that after receiving their bid to the NIT, this team would be heading to MSG and leaving New York as champions. This game was just another stepping stone. TCU's overall playing dominated Richmond. TCU had four players score in double-digits while Richmond had three, one generating almost half of its total points. TCU was also able to generate points off the bench. TCU tallied 25 points off the bench - Richmond only generated three. Desmond Bane also made an impact for the TCU on Tuesday night. Bane, shooting 50 percent on his three-pointers, sank three for the Frogs. Vladimir Brodziansky ended the night with 20 total points.
Elliot Barzilli hit a home run before the Frogs’ game against ACU was postponed due to weather, but getting their third baseman’s bat going will go a long way towards fixing TCU’s woes at the plate.
“Guys have track records, and if they have track records and they’re working at it, as long as they don’t put too much pressure on themselves, then I’m convinced they’ll come out of it,” said coach Jim Schlossnagle, whose team hit .198 and scored 11 runs in a three-game series against Kansas. “It’d be awesome to have them all come out of it at once. The biggest key is pitching and defense. They need to be consistent, and the base running.”
Here we go... again... and again... and again...
"Kenny needs to understand he needs to get comfortable being uncomfortable. ... There's nobody on our football team that has a place," Patterson told the Dallas Morning News at the start of spring ball. "For us to win ballgames on the road next year, every position on the team has to be better."