On an absolute roll... right towards March Madness.
“I was ready for it. Coach gave me the confidence to shoot the ball so I shot it when I was open,” said Ramirez, who was 3 of 6 in 14 minutes. Lauren Heard and Ray had 12 and 11 points.
The conference win streak is the longest for the Frogs since winning six straight in the Mountain West in 2011.
“We stay humble,” Ramirez said. “We always have to fight. And have that mentality that we have to work hard for a win, it’s not going to be handed to us no matter how many wins we have in a row.”
Jamie Dixon nailed it.
“We’re not a very good team defensively, we know that,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “We played a good game the other day defensively and I thought that might be the thing that would make it click. When you go on the road you’ve got to guard people.”
TCU briefly reclaimed the lead early in the second half before a 7-0 Vandy run made it 50-44. Still, the Frogs pulled to within 70-68 on Williams’ 3 with 8:22 remaining. And with 2:19 to go, Alex Robinson’s layup tied it at 76-76. Vlad Broadziansky’s layup followed a 3 from LaChance to pull TCU to within 79-78 with 47 seconds left but two offensive rebounds in the final 20 seconds forced TCU to foul. TCU outrebounded Vandy 36 to 21 and outshot them from the field but had five more turnovers and had no trips to the line compared to the Commodores’ 8 of 9 on free throws.
No way around it, this loss hurts the Frogs postseason goals.
TCU: The Horned Frogs came in 19th nationally shooting beyond the arc. They hit only 2 of 8 in the first half from 3 before the shots started falling in the second. They also dominated on the boards 36-21 but only had a 40-34 edge scoring in the paint with the Commodores driving for layup after layup.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores give themselves a chance when they shoot well from outside the arc. They finished 11 of 25 from 3-point range. They also hit 8 of 9 at the free throw line while TCU didn’t get to the line even once.
Yes yes yes sign me up make it happen.
What a treat for fans to see their schools playing on each other’s turf.
Switching the basketball matchups to football, an Oklahoma vs. Alabama encounter would be awesome.
Based on the 2017 finish, this would be an outstanding football game — a rematch of Georgia and Oklahoma tops the list.
Other games would be TCU vs. Auburn, Oklahoma State vs. Alabama, Texas vs. LSU, West Virginia vs. South Carolina, Kansas State vs. Mississippi State, Iowa State vs. Kentucky, Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M, Baylor vs. Missouri and Kansas vs. Mississippi.
Of course, it would be fun to sneak in Texas vs. Texas A&M.
The conferences could figure out the home games and let’s not use Mercedes Benz Stadium or Mercedes Benz Superdome (couldn’t they have come up with another sponsor) or Jerry World. Campus home games would be the best.
The Frogs front should be the best in the league.
The Horned Frogs lost impact defensive end Mat Boesen, but Ben Banogu’s return means TCU’s defensive line arguably will be the best in the conference next year. He recorded 16.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his first season in Fort Worth. Both numbers were among the tops in the conference in 2017. Michael Epley and Ross Blacklock are also projected starters for the Frogs.
My grade for the class: C+
Again, it’s too soon to get a grasp on how good this class can be. But the ceiling is lower than some of the others and the incoming 2018 group. Other than Reagor, Manning, Robinson and Aledo guard Wes Harris, this class will be competing for playing time. Kenedy Snell has emerged as an early contributor, and behind Robinson, he might be the 2017’s most welcomed surprise.