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TCU News: Key players rule Supers, Bane trying to make USA team

Missouri State has some serious star power, but so do the Frogs.

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Baseball:

Super Regional moments: Key possibilities for TCU and Missouri State | The Star-Telegram

There are multiple impact players in both dugouts, and Carlos Mendez does a good job identifying three on each side in this article. You can probably guess TCU’s, but it’s a good way to get to know the Bears a bit as well.

3. Closer Jake Fromson. One of the top closers in the country, the junior sports a 1.98 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .172 against him, and he ranks second in the nation in walks and hits allowed per inning, 0.78.

Football:

10 things to know about TCU's Gary Patterson, including some awesome guitar skills | Sports Day

Another summer day, another listicle from our friends on the other side of the metroplex. This one touches on a few of his superstitions, and you’ll be glad to know he went back to Africa this off-season.

Patterson took a trip to Africa with his wife prior to the 2010 season. That season, the frogs didn't lose a game. Then, before the 2014 season, he went again. In that season, the Frogs lost one game but beat Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl after famously being snubbed from the College Football Playoff. Prior to the 2015 season, Patterson confessed his expensive superstition.

"I always went in March and it's May and we hadn't gone yet and the baseball team is doing really well I'm like, 'This is not going to be my fault,' " Patterson said. "It's the most expensive superstition I've ever been part of."

So if the Frogs do well in 2017, now you know why.

Basketball:

TCU’s Bane headed to Team USA basketball camp | The Star-Telegram

This is an amazing opportunity for TCU’s young star, who has a chance to learn and be challenged by some of the best coaches and players in the country.

TCU guard Desmond Bane, who averaged 7.1 points per game for the Horned Frogs’ team that won the 2017 NIT championship, is one of 25 players chosen to attend the USA Under-19 World Cup Team training camp June 18-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kentucky coach John Calipari will lead the team, with six assistants from other college programs in the mix. Calipari made his selections Thursday, with Bane the lone player chosen from a college in Texas. The only other Big 12 selection was Kansas guard Charlie Moore.