Fish was a great teammate throughout TCU’s NIT run, serving as a bench coach and encouraging and inspiring the Frogs. This time should be no different.
Coach Jamie Dixon tried to cheer him up on the phone and wound up feeling better himself after the conversation.
”That’s just the kind of positive energy he has,” Dixon told reporters after the game. “I feel bad for him. We all feel bad for him. But we have job to do. So that’s how our guys took it and that’s what he did for him.”
Tip to buzzer, TCU dominated.
But the Horned Frogs’ star might have been point guard Alex Robinson, who scored only eight points in 37 minutes. However, Robinson set a school record with 17 assists, the last one coming in the final minute when he teed up Brodziansky’s final bucket.
Donovan Jackson led the Cyclones (10-7, 1-5) with 19 points, while Cameron Lard and freshman Lindell Wigginton each scored 16. Iowa State canned nearly 51 percent of its field goal tries but simply couldn’t piece together stops against TCU.
The Horned Frogs wasted little time putting their stamp on the game, establishing a 14-4 lead 4:53 into the contest when Noi hit a jumper. Desmond Bane converted a 3-pointer just over nine minutes into the game to make it 28-10.
The Frogs will have their hands full with Barry Brown this weekend.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kansas State junior guard Barry Brown. He had 24 points in Tuesday’s 87-69 win over the Sooners and is up to 17 points a game, tops for the Wildcats. Brown has averaged 24.5 points over his last four games, and he had 38 in a home win over Oklahoma State last week. Brown’s 3-point percentage is just 30.5, but he makes up for that by attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line, where he’s a 78.8 percent shooter. “He’s taken his game to another level,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said on Tuesday.
One of the Frogs’ top commits is all-in on baseball.
Kelley, a sophomore, has decided to forgo his final two seasons of football to concentrate on baseball.
Kelley committed to play baseball at TCU as a freshman and is considered one of the nation’s top pitching prospects in his graduating class.
”I just felt like I needed to focus these last two years on baseball,” Kelley said. “I just didn’t want risk an injury. I love football, but I see a deeper future in baseball. I can make my dream come true.”
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Kelley earned honorable mention all-state honors in football this season after passing for 3,446 yards and 50 touchdowns.