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TCU News: GP encourages UCF to win the battle and the war

Coming from one who knows better than most, it’s good advice.


So close, again! TCU comes up short in overtime loss to Oklahoma | The Star-Telegram

This is getting so dang painful for the fans... I can’t even imagine what the team and coaches are feeling.

“I’m confident with us leading by six toward the end with them playing good. I’m very excited about our future going forward as we prepare,” Dixon said.

“I think there is a complete confidence [among TCU’s team] because you can see how we came out and responded tonight to falling down and coming back again, so there’s not a doubt in our minds. I am positive without a shadow of a doubt that we are as good as anybody. I think we’re going to show it down the road here.

Young’s 43 lead No. 9 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OT | Austin-American Statesman

Young didn’t take over until the final few minutes, but his play down the stretch and in OT overwhelmed TCU. Eventually, he has to have an off night, right? RIGHT?! PLEASE.

Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vladimir Brodziansky added 21 for TCU (13-4, 1-4), which lost its second overtime game of the week. TCU lost to Texas in double-overtime on Wednesday after Fisher missed what would have been the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds.

TCU’s losses are by a combined 11 points, and three have been in overtime. Coach Jamie Dixon shrugged off questions about how difficult losing so many close games must be.

”I expressed that to them wholeheartedly in the locker room afterward that I am positive without a shadow of a doubt that we are as good as anybody, and I think we are going to show it down the road,” Dixon said.

Young scored 11 points in a 3-minute span to help the Sooners rally from a 6-point deficit and tie the game at 85. He found James for a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining that gave the Sooners an 89-87 lead.

”I mean being the competitor I am, obviously I want to take the last shot and I want the game to be in my hands,” Young said, “but I want to make the right play, and the right play was throwing it to Christian. I have so much trust in him to knock it down, and he did.”

TCU women bounce No. 15 West Virginia on road | The Star-Telegram

You want to talk about a team who is finishing and getting close wins against top competition? We have one of those, too.

Amy Okonkwo scored 16 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and TCU defeated its second straight ranked team, taking down No. 15 West Virginia 76-74 on Saturday.

Okonkwo, who made a layup with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and Jordan Moore had double-doubles for the Horned Frogs (12-5, 3-3 Big 12), who beat No. 7 Texas on Wednesday. Okonkwo had 12 rebounds, Moore had 17 points and 11 boards and Toree Thompson had 14 points. It is the first time since November of 2004 TCU has beaten ranked teams back-to-back and TCU’s first win in Morgantown, W.V.


Gary Patterson: Central Florida should stay humble, ‘prove it all over again’ like TCU had to | Sports Day

TCU knows as well as anybody that one good season does not arrival make.

You got to be careful about winning the battle and not the war -- If you want people to take you into their conference, they’ve got to like you and think you’re in for the right reasons. The best way to talk is to just do it again. That’s what we’ve done at TCU. When people have kept us out of things, well then we just came back the next season and showed people again that we can do it. Even on the national landscape -- how do we get to where people give us the benefit of the doubt? Just keep doing it. If we keep doing it, our time is going to come also.