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The No. 1 Horned Frogs will take on a loaded field in Houston.

Baseball:

Weekend Preview: Texas Christian, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Texas A&M Converge For Classic | Baseball America

It’s truly a college baseball lover’s dream down in Houston this weekend.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle is excited to join all the fans in the stands this weekend when the Horned Frogs aren’t playing.“I’m looking forward to all the other games,” Schlossnagle said. “I will not miss a pitch. I will be there watching the other games, scouting the games but more so trying to enjoy them as a fan.”

Three things to know about LSU baseball's big-time opponents this weekend: TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech | The Advocate

The top two teams in the rankings face off Friday night, and they have quite a bit in common.

Howard, who will start Friday’s game against LSU on the mound, decided to return for his senior season after the Astros drafted him in the 17th round last season. Like Poché, he is not going to blow away college hitters, but he consistently works deep into games, averaging roughly six innings per start last season. Unlike Poché — and most other pitchers — he is 6-foot-9.

TCU to face three right-handers at Shriners College Classic | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs will stick with the same rotation that they rolled out against Arizona State last week, with Brian Howard opening things up against LSU, Nick Lodolo facing off against the Aggies, and Jared Janczak facing Ole Miss.

They will face three exceptional pitchers in their own right.

Lange is 2-0 in two starts for LSU this year with 18 strikeouts in 11 innings. He has allowed only one run.

Kolek is a freshman who has made two starts for A&M, going 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings.

Feigl is 1-0, 4.50 in two starts covering 10 innings. He was 4-0 in 26 relief appearances last year.

Tigers facing first major test of the year against No. 1 TCU | WFAB

It’s a 1 vs 2 matchup to kick things off for the Frogs and Tigers.

TCU victories include a sweep of Penn State, two-out-of-three against Arizona State and wins against UT-Arlington and Rice.

TCU hits .267 as a team including 11 doubles and 11 home runs. The Horned Frogs are averaging over eight runs per game, outscoring opponents 69-33.

Basketball:

Bubble bursting for TCU after quick start in Dixon's debut | USA Today

My heart hurts for Brandon Parrish and the rest of the senior class. To be so close to ending their careers on such a positive note, and not get there, has to be exceptionally painful. No matter where the 2016-2017 campaign ends, the seniors deserve our respect - they have laid the foundation for success going forward.

"If we want to even have a chance at this thing, we can't put our heads down for too long," Parrish said after the latest loss. "We're going to have to go to Kansas City and literally lay it all on the line, and be better than we've been all season. Knowing that pressure's on, hopefully we'll find something."

Women’s Basketball:

TCU women head to Big 12 tourney on heels of six straight losses | The Star-Telegram

The women’s team has mirrored the men’s down the stretch, as both programs seem to be just seconds away from season-defining wins.

“It seems a lot like shots just aren’t falling,” Pebley said. “When you look at the type of shots we’re getting, as a coach, I’m confident those are going to start to fall again.”

On Jan. 25, TCU went step-for-step with then-No. 12 Texas in a 77-69 loss. On Feb. 12, the Horned Frogs were right there for three quarters with No. 2 Baylor before the Bears’ lead ballooned late in a 91-73 loss in Fort Worth. Six days later, then-No. 24 Kansas State escaped Fort Worth with a 68-65 win after TCU led that game for nearly 38 minutes.

Football:

TCU football player accused of assaulting two students on campus | The Star-Telegram

This is incredibly disappointing news for a player that was expected to compete for a starting role, or at the very least, be a significant contributor on a defensive line replacing several key players.

Galeai appeared angry and “extremely intoxicated,” a witness told police. He began to chase the two students toward nearby P.E. Clark dorm.

When the students got to the foyer, they tried to hold the doors shut, but Galeai was able to get inside.

He punched one student in his head and upper body several times, the report said, before a witness helped the student get away. The student suffered a swollen left eye and lip.

Galeai then “turned his attention” to the second student and began to assault him, busting the student’s lip, the report said.

TCU Spring Practice: Will Kenny Hill be the starter in 2017? | Heartland College Sports

More opinions on who should start at QB... I have a feeling we will be reading a lot of these over the course of spring practice and into fall ball.

As a 4 star recruit and being one of the most sought after quarterbacks in all the country, Shawn decided to stick with the local school, TCU. In his high school career he rushed for over 1400 yards 3 times and wrapped up his senior campaign with 3413 passing yards and tossing 28 scores on 9 interceptions. Shawn was ranked as the 7th dual threat quarterback in the country according to 247 as well as being a top 200 player overall. Robinson is an early enrollee and is already on campus and gearing up for TCU spring practice.

Big 12 again moves TCU home game vs. Baylor to Black Friday | The Star-Telegram

As it should be.

The Big 12 moved two games on the 2017 football schedule to Black Friday, including TCU’s home game against Baylor.

Also moving to the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, is the Texas Tech at Texas game. The league announced the moves Thursday.

The conference said the kickoff time and network will be available June 1.