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TCU News: Baseball takes the practice field, Bracketologist sends JD back to Pittsburg

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Could the Frogs stay a single-digit seed come March Madness?

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Basketball:

Bracketology: TCU drops despite upset of No. 7 West Virginia | The Star-Telegram

The good news is, the Frogs have plenty of opportunities to raise their profile and their seeding as the season progresses. Now they just have to win.

The analyst now forecasts TCU as a No. 7 seed in the East Region. According to Lunardi, they will matchup with Providence, a No. 10 seed.

Despite the fierce competition across the Big 12, which might be the deepest conference in all of college basketball, the league’s number of projected tournament teams has leveled off a bit.

Have injuries derailed TCU and SMU’s NCAA tournament chances? | Sports Day

For TCU? No. The Ponies may be a different story.

Carlton: We’ll see. SMU has been in this situation before with a reduced roster and managed to play through it, although the challenge may be greater this season. The Mustangs have shown the ability to play with very good teams but also lose games they should probably win. The margin of error just got even less with Jarrey Foster and Everett Ray gone. At TCU, the loss of Jaylen Fisher for the season was significant, especially with the overall improvement in his game. That said, Alex Robinson is an experienced point guard who ran the team during the NIT and has not looked overwhelmed stepping back into the role now. TCU really needs wins at Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State in its next two games, what with Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia in a four-game stretch to follow.

Sooners trying to flip season at No. 24 TCU | Norman Transcript

My how the tables have turned. The TCU women are now the hot team in the conference, while the Sooners are struggling.

TCU is paddling in unfamiliar waters, boasting its first top-25 ranking and five-game conference win streak since 2010.

The Frogs have beaten No. 7 Texas and No. 15 West Virginia in that span, but there are signs of inconsistency. Before the recent surge was a three-game losing streak, which included a loss to struggling Kansas. OU also beat the Frogs, 84-71, in that stretch.

TCU may be without starting guard Toree Thompson, who had an undisclosed injury and did not play Wednesday against Kansas State. She scored 17 points against OU in the Jan. 4 meeting.

That’s just another example of how quickly things can change.

Baseball:

Drive for Five: Excellence ingrained deep inside TCU baseball | The Star-Telegram

IT’S ALMOST BASEBALL SEASON PRAISE BE. Schloss and the new-look Frogs have a plan to keep their winning ways.

It’s also a lot of responsibility, Baker said, a duty to keep the program aiming in the right direction. “We know each year is different and we have to approach each year like it’s a brand new year because nothing we did last year matters.”

Schlossnagle counts on that ingrained attitude to permeate the Frogs’ clubhouse.

“The older players have a great respect for how hard it is to do. They’ve been through the 16-inning games and the 22-inning games,” he said. “That’s one of the things I’m most proud of. They understand how thin the line is between winning and losing. We’ve been super fortunate, not that we haven’t earned it, and they know the difference. The difference in winning and losing can be how we handle the details on a day like today.”