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TCU News: Noi, Fish flourish in return, Football recruit talks visit

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Basketball got back on track with a big win.

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Danny Mourning

Basketball:

Kouat Noi’s career day lifts TCU past Eastern Michigan on day Frogs fell out of rankings | The Star-Telegram

Fish looked like his old self in his first major minutes since January.

Credit deserves to go to Fisher and Noi who were playing in just their second games of the season after nursing knee injuries early on.

Fisher scored all 12 of his points on 3-pointers, including three 3s in the first half. Noi finished with 27 points, including 22 in the second half.

The game didn’t get off to the most promising start with TCU trailing 11-2 at the 13:02 mark. The Frogs endured a 7:13 scoring drought early on before finally finding a rhythm against the Eagles’ 3-2 zone defense.

TCU went on a 15-2 run to take a 19-15 lead by the 6:55 mark of the opening half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Fisher during the run.

Fisher, who didn’t score in seven minutes of first-half action in the Lipscomb loss, doubled his playing time in the opening half by playing 14 minutes. He scored a team-leading nine points – all on 3-pointers – in the opening half as TCU built a 35-24 lead.

Noi, Fisher back for TCU in 87-69 win over Eastern Michigan | San Luis Obispo News

Samuel has been huge for the Frogs in their first five games.

Kevin Samuel’s dunk on the opening possession was TCU’s only points in the first nearly eight minutes of the game. The Frogs then missed seven shots in a row until another dunk by Samuel started the big run that turned a nine-point deficit into a 12-point lead before halftime.

Noi scored 22 of his points in TCU’s 52-point second half against the Eagles zone defense.

”Honestly I’m always comfortable shooting the ball no matter what, but it was a good game today,” Noi said.

Toure had 20 points and 12 rebounds for EMU, while Jackson had 18 points and six assists.

Samuel had 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Desmond Bane and JD Miller each had 11 for TCU.

Football:

TCU’s national bowl projections: Phoenix? Fort Worth? Horned Frogs’ destination, opponent is a toss-up | Sports Day

I am personally hoping for Memphis.

... where might TCU be placed? It’s a phenomenal question, and one which there is anything but a consensus on following the Horned Frogs’ last-minute entrance into the picture.

With a fifth place finish in the Big 12, a trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn.) or the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston) vs. a to-be-determined SEC opponent would seemingly be the most logical fate for TCU. Outlets across the nation aren’t so certain of that however, with the Horned Frogs’ projected destinations ranging from Phoenix, Ariz. to home sweet home at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

Florida DE Thomas Armstrong will pick between Rutgers, TCU | Compares official visits | NJ.com

TCU could certainly use the big lineman.

“Saturday, I got to tour the football facilities. I got to walk around and see the football stuff -- all the fields, practice fields, all that stuff. Kind of experience what it’s like to be there on game day,” said Armstrong who was hosted by linebacker Garret Wallow. “Also, I got to meet a bunch of the coaches. D-line coach, Coach (Dan) Sharp. Got to go through some film with them, got to talk football and all the good stuff.

”After that, I enjoyed the game. Definitely got that win. After the game, we went around and hung out with some players, met up with the teammates and stuff. Sunday was mostly just meetings. I met coach (Gary) Patterson and had a nice, long talk with him just about everything about how I fit in their program, what I would be doing, and all kids of stuff similar to that. And then today I had a little meal and Im off back to Florida.”