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Men’s Basketball

Balanced second half run powers TCU past Fresno State | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Alex Robinson and Desmond Bane led the way for TCU, but everyone was getting involved.

“When we have three on two running, that’s kind of happened a few times where Rob hits me and I’m able to finish,” Bane said. “We just get out and run. We trust in A-Rob to make the right decision on the break. It just so happened to be my turn. You saw later in the game JD got one, so everybody is getting some love.”

Bane 23 points for No. 21 TCU in 77-69 win over Fresno State | USA Today

Everyone will talk about Bane’s scoring and Alex Robinson’s assists, but for Robinson there’s another number that stands out.

Robinson was asked what the first number he notices on the box score after the game.

For the point guard, it wasn’t the points or the assists. It was the four turnovers.

”But 14 and four is pretty good,” Robinson said. “I can’t be turning the ball over. I knew I had more turnovers than I wanted to.”

Soccer

After doing something never done before, all eyes on Texas A&M for TCU soccer team | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU soccer won a tournament game for the first time last weekend, and now they look to continue their run against Texas A&M. Head coach Eric Bell likes the way they’re playing right now.

Asked if his team is peaking at the right time, Bell said: “I think that we’re in a really good spot. I don’t know if we’re peaking. I like the soccer that we’re playing. I like our mentality as a group and the camaraderie in the group is quite positive and spirited.”

Football

TCU LB Ty Summers named semifinalist for Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award | Dallas Morning News

Ty has been an outstanding man of character off the field for TCU, while being a force on it.

Summers was among 20 players still in the running for the award -- named in honor of the former Dallas Cowboys tight end and established during the 2017 season -- that recognizes the Division I college football player who has best demonstrated “a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.” Former Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin was presented with the inaugural award in February.

Former walk-on ‘finally getting his shot’ in forgettable season for TCU | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Really cool piece about TE Cole Novak.

That growth spurt is when Cole knew he could follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue football even though he didn’t play in high school. Cole opted for TCU, knowing it’s a program that gave walk-ons just as much of an opportunity as scholarship players.

“You earn everything,” said Cole, who was one of eight TCU players named first-team academic All-Big 12 on Thursday.

“I like the mentality that, if I came here and worked as hard as I could, I could eventually find myself a role on the team.”

Matt Rhule has to beat TCU | Our Daily Bears

Well, he doesn’t have to...

This is the first truly big game of the Matt Rhule era. This is his first time on a Baylor sideline with stakes this high. Time to show us what you got for real. The crowd is going to be bananas for this game - Matt Rhule bought himself that trust with a great win over a good team on Homecoming - but he can lose that energy again with a second poor performance in The Revivalry. Mental breakdowns cost us the Iowa State game, everything from red zone penalties to missed field goals to an on field brawl to a confrontation with a referee. That can’t happen Saturday. Saturday will tell us whether or not Baylor - and Coach Matt Rhule - have what it takes to do what it takes when backs are against the wall and s**t gets tight.