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TCU News: Men, Women have real tourney hope, Frogs impress in sold-out Scholly

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Last night was special.

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Basketball:

TCU comes up big in nationally televised upset of No. 7 West Virginia | The Star-Telegram

That was BIG.

It was also the first time the Frogs had hosted a Big Monday ESPN game, the networks signature college basketball event.

“So for our guys I’m really excited, but for our fans I think I’m even more excited because they deserved this,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “Our students were terrific and they have been unbelievable. I’m kind of overwhelmed by that.”

Dixon shot humorous promotional videos imploring fans to bring the noise. They were up for the challenge, including the TCU men’s swim team wearing nothing but their Speedos and “G-O-F-R-O-G-S-!” painted on their chests and the student section pretending to read newspapers when the Mountaineers players were introduced.

College basketball: TCU tops No. 7 West Virginia; Va Tech takes down No. 10 UNC

Bane and Olden were spark plugs last night.

Desmond Bane scored eight of his 15 points in just over a minute early in the second half Monday night, helping Texas Christian to an 82-73 victory over No. 7 West Virginia at Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs, 15-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12, won at home against a top 10 opponent for the first time in nearly five years on the same day they dropped out of the Associated Press top 25 to end an eight-week run as a ranked team.

Women’s basketball rankings: TCU ranked in AP Top 25 for first time since 2010 | NCAA.com

It’s been a long time, but hopefully now that the Frogs have returned to the polls, they stay a while.

TCU is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in more than seven years.

The Horned Frogs came into The Associated Press women’s basketball poll on Monday at No. 24. They were last ranked on Nov. 22, 2010 and are 13-4 this season, including a win over then-No. 7 Texas.

TCU’s NCAA hopes return | The Star-Telegram

I think Mac is a little off here... six wins in the Big 12 might not get you into the tourney, but it won’t take that much more than that to sneak in.

TCU should be an NCAA team this season, but its start in the Big 12 is so bad the Frogs are going to have to find a way to steal some wins in hard places. Places where the refs tend to see the game differently. Places where the home court can be preposterously unfair advantage.

Like Lawrence, Kansas. Like Lubbock, where Texas Tech is becoming a national player under coach Chris Beard. Like Ames, Iowa. Like Morgantown, West Virginia.

TCU’s talent, coaching and ability may belong in the tournament, but they won’t much matter without the wins.

Monday night’s game was the first time in the Big 12 season the Frogs delivered the type of results the head coach, the team, and the athletic department expected.

Football:

Keith Patterson, father of TCU football coach, has died | The Star-Telegram

Our thoughts are with GP.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s father Keith W. Patterson, of Rozel, Kansas, died on Saturday. He was 82.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Beckwith Mortuary in Larned, Kan. Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the mortuary.

Meet the 2018 early enrollees already on TCU’s campus | Sports Day

Sure, everyone is excited about Justin Rogers, and for good reason. But Anthony McKinney might be the most important guy for 2018. (also, do a little research, DMN - Jackson did not enroll early).

Another name to be excited about: McKinney, the JUCO transfer from Iowa Western C.C., enrolled early to prepare for what might be an eventful first season in Fort Worth. With TCU incurring heavy O-line losses to graduation, McKinney could very well find himself starting next season, depending on how spring camp goes. His elite strength and size won’t go unnoticed.

Hogs add former MLB player, TCU signee to roster | Hawgs 247

I remember when Aune spurned the Frogs for Pro Baseball, and now at 24, he’s giving football another shot.

Although he was a member of the Horned Frogs’ 2012 signing class, Aune never played a down. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the MLB Draft and passed up the gridiron for a $1 million bonus, which was nearly double the slot value for the 89th overall pick.

Aune played six seasons in the Yankees’ minor league system, including the last two years at High-A Tampa. The shortstop-turned-outfielder never lived up to expectations, hitting just .226 with 20 home runs and 148 RBIs in 387 games. His best season was with Single-A Charleston in 2015, when he had career highs in batting average (.246), doubles (29), triples (10), home runs (8) and RBIs (49).