Thanks to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, we now know two of the teams that will be visiting Fort Worth next season. TCU will face off against both the Yale Bulldogs and the Incarnate Word Cardinals as part of their non-conference schedule next season.
TCU will host Yale as part of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 27, 2017
The Bulldogs finished this past season 18-11 overall and ranked #127 in the RPI. They also finished 3rd in the Ivy League, going 9-5 in conference play, and advanced to the Ivy League tournament championship game, in which they were defeated 71-59 by Princeton. Yale was able to accomplish all of this without their best player, Makai Mason, who broke his foot in a preseason scrimmage. If he sounds familiar, he should. Mason was the star of the Yale team that upset Baylor 79-75 in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, scoring 31 points. With him back, as well as a lineup that was dominated by freshmen and sophomores this past season, Yale will be a solid opponent and a favorite to win the Ivy League.
TCU will host Incarnate Word as part of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 28, 2017
The Incarnate Word Cardinals were 12-17 overall this past season and finished near the bottom of the RPI, ranked #301. They finished in a 5-way tie for 8th place in the Southland Conference, going 7-11 in league play. They faced two Big 12 opponents on the road last season, losing at Texas 78-73 to open the season and at Texas Tech 69-48. Hopefully the Cardinals will be better next season and can help TCU’s strength of schedule. Incarnate Word should be bringing back their top three scorers, Jalin Hart, Simi Socks, and Shawn Johnson, all of whom averaged 14+ points per game.
Yale should likely be a solid mid-major opponent to have on our schedule next year and hopefully Incarnate Word will turn out to be one as well as the Frogs will be looking to finally get back to the NCAA Tournament.