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TCU News: Men Lose Another Heartbreaker, Women Run Their Streak to 4

While Jamie Dixon’s squad can’t buy a close one, Raegan Pebley’s just keeps winning.

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Basketball:

TCU coach Jamie Dixon ejected during another close, agonizing loss | The Star-Telegram

I have been a basketball coach for a long time, and I’ve been tossed from my share. I have to say, this was one of the dumbest ejections I have seen, even factoring in Big 12 refs. Credit to JD for taking ownership of it, regardless, though.

“I’ll take full responsibility for the loss. It’s on me. I gave [Kansas State] points,” Dixon told his team after the game. “In a close game that just killed the team. First time it’s ever happened to me.”

Dixon was surprised by the ejection from the officiating crew of Paul Janssen, Darron George and Brett Smith. He was kneeling courtside when he was ejected.

“I didn’t use any bad language or anything,” he said.

The Wildcats made 3 of 4 technical free throw shots, which turned out to be a significant factor down the stretch.

K-State takeaways: Makol Mawien was a surprising hero against TCU | Kansas.com

How many players are going to have career days against the Frogs this season? Mawien has to be the fourth one since conference play began.

That had to come as a surprise to most K-State fans, as Mawien has been one of the least productive starters in the Big 12 this season, averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds. In his first six conference games he scored a total of 15 points and was flat-out benched in a blowout loss at Texas Tech.

After that one, Weber said Mawien had to learn how to play tougher if he wanted to stay in the rotation, let alone the starting lineup.

But something has changed since then. Mawien was genuinely good against the Horned Frogs, erupting for a career-high 18 points and five rebounds.

“I just told him that it’s not a welfare,” Weber said. “You have got to produce to get minutes. He has realized that. He has gained confidence.”

TCU women run Big 12 winning streak to four games | The Star-Telegram

Meanwhile, the women just keep piling up the dubs.

Amy Okonkwo scored 24 points while Jordan Moore added 19 and six rebounds as the TCU women won their fourth consecutive Big 12 game, 76-66 over Kansas on Saturday at Schollmaier Arena.

Okonkwo shot 8-of-15 from the field and was 7-of-7 on free throws while Moore was 9-of-14 from the floor.

The four-game Big 12 streak is the longest for TCU (13-5, 4-3 Big 12) since joining the league in 2012-13. The highlight of the streak was back-to-back wins over ranked Texas and West Virginia last week.

Football:

TCU head coach Gary Patterson speaks at Piney Woods Football Clinic | KLTV

It’s great that GP is sharing his knowledge with other coaches, and an added bonus that it’s a fertile recruiting ground.

Lobos head coach John King is the director of the event, which has grown big time since just last year. The concept behind the clinic is simple. It is a great chance for coaches to come together and improve their craft.

Former SMU head coach turned Arkansas head man Chad Morris was the featured speaker last year, and this time that honor belonged to TCU’s Gary Patterson.

In addition to Patterson, King has been able to get other college coaches and prominent high school coaches to come and share their ideas.

For the horned frogs head man, who has had plenty of success recruiting this region over the years, coming to speak is a no brainer.

Winners and losers from early draft entrees: TCU comes out a winner but what about Texas, SMU, Oklahoma and others? | Sports Day

TCU didn’t lose a single early entree or have an impact player transfer out. Huge off-season for a squad welcoming in the highest rated recruiting class in their history.

The Horned Frogs have significant holes to fill with the departure of an impactful senior class. Defensive end Ben Banogu’s return means one less concern for coach Gary Patterson in reworking his defense. Coming off a redshirt junior season with 8 1/2 sacks and 16 1/2 tackles for loss, Banogu should be mentioned for a lot of preseason honors in the Big 12 and nationally.