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The Frogs’ NIT journey is about much more than basketball for their leader.

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Basketball:

TCU faces tall challenge in NIT matchup against UCF’s Fall | The Star-Telegram

If you don’t know, now you know: UCF has a 7’6” guy named Tacko, and he’s good. It’s going to be fun watching how the Frogs attack and game plan him Tuesday night.

“I’m trying not to let that affect me, but 7-6 is kind of tall. This guy is six inches taller than the tallest guy I’ve ever played before,” said TCU point guard Alex Robinson, the team’s primary penetrator from the perimeter. “You can shoot floaters and still set up other guys. Make some pull-ups in the lane. I can’t let somebody like that affect the way I play.”

TCU’s Jamie Dixon has long history of Madison Square Garden memories | The Star-Telegram

If you don’t know much about Jamie Dixon outside of ‘the shot’ or his time at Pitt, take a few minutes and read about why MSG is so important to him and his family. It’s well worth your time, and is likely to give you even more appreciation for the TCU coach.

“A couple of them were a little hesitant about going because so many teams have been so successful here in so many other sports,” Dixon said. “And they were somewhat reluctant to go. I didn’t want that to be the case anymore.

“That really hit me. I wanted them to be proud of their program. I wanted our fans and our students to be proud of our program. I think we’re doing that. We’re not done … But it’s been a good year.”

TCU thriving on offense in NIT despite Fisher’s injury | The Star-Telegram

Fans were worried that the end of Fish’s season spelled the end of TCU’s magical run, but as tends to happen in March, guys have stepped up in his absence. It hasn’t hurt that they’ve played some defense optional teams, either.

“Both teams that we’ve played, Iowa and Richmond, were known for their offense first and not as much defense. I think that’s played into the offensive numbers that we’ve put up,” Dixon said. “They’ve been up-and-down games. They’ve shot it well and we’ve shot it well, too. We’ve stayed out of foul trouble and we’ve been able to play these guys a lot of minutes. And that’s been an important fact.”

Baseball:

Frogs clinch Big 12 series against Oklahoma State on Skoug’s clutch single | The Star-Telegram

If Evan Skoug has his groove back... TCU becomes the dangerous team we all expected to see.

“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable,” Skoug said. “I feel my swing is more simple. I’m back to being me and not worrying about numbers or this or that. I’m just out there hitting the ball hard.”

TCU (16-5, 4-1) won a series against Oklahoma State (15-8, 0-2) for the first time since 2013, its first season in the Big 12.

Football:

2020 RB Jase McClellan surprised by TCU offer | CBS Sports

Only a freshman, the Aledo running back is blowing up on the national scene, and now he has an offer from TCU, his hometown team.

"I was extremely surprised when I got it I was just coming to watch some friends practice and coach Luper came up to me and offered me," he said.

McClellan told HFB a few weeks ago that TCU was among his favorite schools growing up. He reiterated those thoughts on Thursday.

"TCU is one of my favorite schools and they're definitely in my top ten," he said.

McClellan rushed for 1,587 yards and 20 scores as a freshman in 2016, helping the Bearcats to their seventh state championship.

Two standouts from 2019 class expected to be at TCU on Saturday | CBS Sports

Gunnell is one of TCU’s top targets for the 2019 class.

Gunnell, out of Houston St. Pius X is one of the most sought after prospects in the nation for the class. The 6-foot-5, 203-pounder already holds 24 offers on the table including Florida State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, LSU, Nebraska and TCU among others. Gunnell is regarded as the No. 3 quarterback and No. 53 overall prospect in the nation according to 247Sports. He recently visited LSU and Texas A&M this past week.

Frogs Practice Recap: 3/23 | CBS Sports

Remember Ross Blacklock? Sounds likes he primed to breakout in his first season on the field.

“He’s great for two plays, he’s got to learn to play for 6-8 plays,” he said. “But, he’s huge and very talented. He’s 330-pounds and runs really well; he’s 6-foot-4, powerful; I think he benched almost 500 pounds and squatted over 700 pounds. Him and Wes Harris both did that. As young freshmen that’s what you want from young guys.”