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TCU News: Frogs no fluke, plan to “Play Angry” the rest of the way

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TCU Basketball isn’t happy to just be in close games, they want to win them.

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Basketball:

No. 16 Frogs no fluke as TCU prepares to play Kansas again | Austin-American Statesman

A win over Kansas kick started an impressive post-season run a season ago. Could a win Saturday night have a similar effect on conference play?

“After we beat them, it just led to better things, the NIT win, us being ranked this year, us starting off this good this year,” junior forward JD Miller said Thursday. “That was the big boost that we needed for this program.”

No. 16 TCU (13-1, 1-1 Big 12) returned all five starters, and the top six scorers, from that quarterfinal win over the Jayhawks last year. While the Frogs lost to Iowa State the next day, their third game in three days, they swept through five NIT games and then started 12-0 this season.

”I think it’s a pretty apparent what they’ve done,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “They’re definitely one of the deeper teams in our league. ... They’re much, much better this year because they’ve added some nice pieces that fit in so well. I think TCU is here to stay.”

Frogs look to stay “angry” in showdown with Kansas on Saturday | The Star-Telegram

Look for the players to start shooting blood out of their eyes Saturday night, in true Horned Frog fashion ;)

“That was a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma for a lot of reasons, the main being that we were up 13 and let it get away from us,” Dixon said. “Disappointment in the plays and calls down the stretch and the execution. So you’ve got to respond, and we came out angry and focused and committed against Baylor to get that lead. But at the same time, we let them back in.”

The 16th-ranked Frogs (13-1, 1-1), who now host No. 10 Kansas (11-3, 1-1) on Saturday night, liked the feeling of playing angry.

“The last two practices, we were playing physical, playing mad,” forward JD Miller said. “We’ve got to go out there and play mad every game, to be honest.”

Tickets for matchup between No. 16 TCU and No. 10 Kansas cost how much? | The Star-Telegram

I know this sucks for non-season ticket holders, but how awesome is it to see the Frogs as a hot-ticket - and it’s while students are still on break?!

For the second time in eight days, No. 16 TCU will play its biggest game in school in history when it hosts No. 10 Kansas on Saturday night.

Tickets for the Kansas game are available only through the secondary ticket vendors. On StubHub, upper-level ticket prices for the Kansas matchup are comparable to the those of the Oklahoma game, but lower-level tickets range from $150 to $425.

Football:

TCU defensive end Banogu makes decision: Go pro or return to school? | The Star-Telegram

The best news TCU Football could get in January was their rising senior defensive end deciding to spend one more season in Fort Worth.

In October, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper assigned Banogu a first-round grade. TCU coach Gary Patterson said Banogu could benefit from another year in college.

Banogu finished sixth on the team in tackles, first in tackles for loss (16.5) and had seven quarterback hurries and three fumbles forced for the Big 12’s top run and scoring defense.

The 6-4, 245-pound junior played his first season for TCU after transferring from Lousiana-Monroe after a high school career at Prosper.

With Banogu, the Frogs will return six defenders who started in the Alamo Bowl. He joins fellow returning starters defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, linebacker Ty Summers, safety Innis Gaines, safety Niko Small and cornerback Jeff Gladney.

Three reasons TCU could be better in 2018 | Sports Day

I stand my belief that the 2018 Football Frogs might not win as many games, but they will be a ton of fun to watch, and provide plenty of hope for the future.

It’s been said many times already -- TCU’s incoming 2018 class might be the most talented group of recruits in school history. And while nobody can expect every freshman to make significant contributions in 2018, some of these freshman will be ready to go come opening weekend. Some might even be able to help out in areas where depth is scarce. JUCO transfer Anthony McKinney is a great example -- he could find playing time on TCU’s offensive line quickly. Running back Fabian Franklin will be an exciting edition to the Frogs’ core of Darius Anderson, Sewo Olonilua and Kenedy Snell. Atanza Vongor should immediately compete for playing time in TCU’s secondary. This class can’t be expected to solve all TCU’s problems overnight, but the 2018 brood is elite enough to plug some holes in the dam from day one.