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TCU News: Cardiac Frogs Come Through, Hoops Prepares for OU

TCU Baseball got another win in extras against a ranked opponent Tuesday night and basketball opens the Big 12 Tourney this evening.

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Baseball:

TCU wins another extra-inning game, this time on infield single | The Star-Telegram

Warner leads the team in RBIs with 14, and had a big one Tuesday night.

At 11-1, TCU continues its best start under 14th-year coach Jim Schossnagle. The Frogs have won seven consecutive games as they head out for a three-game series at UC Irvine and one game at Long Beach State before beginning Big 12 play the following weekend at home against Kansas.

College baseball rankings: TCU stays atop D1baseball.com Top 25 | NCAA.com

No reason for TCU to move anywhere after they ripped through a three game set against top-15 SEC teams over the weekend. Last night’s win over DBU doesn’t hurt, either.

TCU retained the No. 1 spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings for the third straight week after going 3-0 in the loaded Shriners College Classic. The Horned Frogs followed up a midweek win against Rice with three victories against ranked opponents in Houston: LSU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

Basketball:

TCU knows Big 12 run, NCAA berth is not out of the question | The Star-Telegram

Unlikely? Sure. Impossible? Definitely not. TCU still believes.

“It’s been done. Obviously, I’ve seen Connecticut win five games in the tournament as a No. 9 seed,” said Dixon, whose Pitt team fell to UConn 76-74 in the third of the Huskies’ five victories in five days at the 2011 Big East tournament. “It usually comes down to winning close games. Any team that wins that hasn’t been winning, that’s what gets them started.”

TCU men’s basketball attendance rises 17 percent under Dixon | The Star-Telegram

If you build it, they will come. I have a feeling next year will be even better.

The numbers show a 17.2 percent attendance spike for TCU in its 19 home games during the Horned Frogs’ first season under coach Jamie Dixon. TCU averaged 6,234 fans per game at Schollmaier Arena (capacity: 6,700) during the 2016-17 season, up from a 5,315 average during 18 games a year ago in the first season of the refurbished facility.

This year’s attendance mark increased to 6,436 per game for the nine contests against Big 12 opponents, topped by a capacity-plus crowd of 7,276 for the team’s Jan. 21 contest against Baylor.

OU & TCU Set To Square Off For Second Time In Five Days | News9

The two teams have split their pair of games to this point in the season, but number three will be the most meaningful for the Frogs. Containing McGusty has to be priority number one.

Kameron McGusty led the way with a career-high tying 22 points as the Sooners managed to hold off the Horned Frogs on Senior Night.

The win marked OU’s second in the last three games, while it handed TCU its seventh consecutive loss. Despite starting the season with a 17-7 record, the Horned Frogs haven’t registered a win since narrowly edging Texas Tech at home back on Feb. 8.

Football:

TCU Horned Frogs 2017 Spring Football Preview | Athlon Sports

Sonny and Sonny will be looking to revamp a TCU offense that took a big step back in 2016. Gary Patterson just wants to get his program back to their winning ways.

Jumping up into the top tier of the Big 12 this season will require Gary Patterson and his staff sorting out the quarterback position in the next six months. If offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie can steer Kenny Hill into better decisions on the field, TCU could win eight or nine games in 2017. Otherwise, this looks like another year of fighting for bowl eligibility.

TCU key spring issue No. 4: How strong are the Horned Frogs? | Sports Day

Patterson’s focus this off-season has been on building his players up - mentally and physically.

It's not just physical strength, it's mental strength and accountability that also needs some growth. With a team that saw only eight seniors graduate, the Frogs are working to understand what it means to grow as a team. Patterson said accountability is a huge factor in how the team will fare next season -- "If you aren't doing it off the field, then you probably aren't doing it on the field."