Well, it’s official. Fish’s season is done. :(
TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher had surgery Thursday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season for the No. 24 Horned Frogs.
Fisher got hurt Tuesday, the second time in less than six months he injured a knee in practice. He had surgery after a meniscus tear in his left knee in early August.
This team believes it can win. And it keeps doing just that.
The Frogs are in the top half of the Big 12 standings with a three-game winning streak going into their home game Saturday against Kansas, which beat them 86-77 three weeks ago. It is their first game since those back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams to match a feat they had accomplished only once before — on consecutive days in November 2004 win wins over No. 3 Georgia and No. 13 Michigan State at a tournament in Hawaii.
”There’s a difference between having faith in something sometimes when you can’t see it, and believing it because now you’ve seen it, you’ve experienced it, you’ve felt it, you know the difference,” Pebley said. “I think something these last few games has given our team is more of a belief, and it’s validated their faith in what they had and what they have been working toward.”
Texas is back. As a baseball state.
Big 12 men’s basketball is not the only sport showing a surge in national prominence. Big 12 baseball, including preeminent programs TCU, Texas Tech and Texas, has been dominating the rankings in recent years.
That probably won’t change in 2018. Seven teams from Texas or the Big 12 are in the first two preseason Top 25 rankings released by D1 Baseball and Perfect Game.
TCU, coming off its fourth consecutive College World Series and fifth appearance since 2010, ranks 3rd and 7th in the Perfect Game and D1 Baseball rankings. Texas Tech ranks 4th and 3rd in the two polls. Six Texas schools are in each of the polls, including Dallas Baptist in the D1 poll and Sam Houston State in the Perfect Game poll.
Travin Howard is the biggest loss, in my opinion. Though there is a lot to replace on the offensive line, as well.
4. Travin Howard, LB
TCU’s leading tackler for the past two seasons is another key loss on the defensive side of the ball. He’s a fan favorite that should find himself on a NFL roster next season. Another year of Ty Summers will soften this blow, but fresh faces will need to step up in place of Howard, who seemingly pulled double, even triple duty on occasion.
Ummmmm..... Darius Anderson?!?!?!?!
Big 12 Heisman hopefuls
Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma. Coming off two injury-shortened seasons, Anderson had just 34 yards on 12 carries after five games in 2017. But he ran for 1,127 yards and 12 touchdowns in the Sooners’ last nine games, averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State. One of the top running backs in the country will find yards a little tougher without college football’s most prolific passing game. But that also might mean more opportunities for Hill, who ranked 13th nationally with 1,467 yards finished 17th nationally with 15 rushing touchdowns in 2017.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia. Grier threw for 300 yards or more nine times in 10 full games before missing his final two with a dislocated finger. He also threw for two touchdowns in every game and had five touchdowns in three games. He still has Gary Jennings and David Sills to throw to in 2018, as well.
David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State. The Cyclones would need a big season, maybe even a run at the title, and Montgomery — statistically, the hardest running back to tackle in FBS — would need massive numbers. He ran for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.
David Sills, WR, West Virginia. Receivers almost never win the Heisman, but Sills could. He caught 60 passes for 980 yards last season and led the nation with 18 touchdown receptions. If his numbers climb in another year with Grier (that is, if 97-catch Gary Jennings doesn’t take too many), Sills could earn a trip to New York.