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Merry Christmas Eve, Frog fans!

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Basketball:

TCU advances to championship of Hawaii tournament with seventh-straight win | The Star-Telegram

Defense and unselfish play have been the hallmark of this team through ten games.

“We knew we had to lock down better on defense since they were shooting about 40 percent in the first half, and our M.O. this year is to be a really good defensive team,” TCU point guard Alex Robinson said. “That was our focus and I think we accomplished that.”

All five TCU starters scored double-digits, including Miller with 12.

Robinson’s ninth assist to Samuel was his 515th, moving him into second place on the program’s all-time assist list. He is now 58 behind Corey Santee’s 575.

“It’s something we want our program to be known for: point guard play with high assists and low turnovers as well as high scoring and that’s what we’re doing,” Dixon said.

TCU advances to title game of Diamond Head Classic | USA Today

One big run knocked the Bison out.

Jaylen Fisher and Kevin Samuel each added 14 points for the Horned Frogs, who won their seventh straight game. Kouat Noi chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds and JD Miller had 12 points. Alex Robinson had his second straight game with 11 assists as he’s reached double-digit helpers in five games this season.

There were six lead changes in the final 3:30 of the first half and TCU scored the last four points for a 44-41 lead.

Football:

Taking a look at TCU’s early enrollees | 247 Sports

Getting Workman on campus now is a huge deal for spring ball.

Workman filled a huge position need for the Frogs. It sounds crazy, but the Frogs finally have enough players at the position to form a two-deep in the spring. Workman will arrive on campus in January. In nine games last season, Workman recorded 49 tackles with 11.5 sacks. Workman chose the Frogs over Hawaii and interest from UCLA.

Dan Sharp on Workman: ”Parker is a smart player who plays with great effort and technique.”

TCU prediction: Can Horned Frogs power past Cal in Cheez-It Bowl to end 2018 with 3 straight wins? | Sports Day

One of these teams has to make a play - and the best offensive player in the game wears purple.

Gary Patterson joked during TCU’s final practice before the team’s departure to Phoenix that “nobody likes good defense anymore.” That said, a low-scoring, hard-hitting battle on the gridiron is exactly what fans should expect going into this one as one of the best defensive minds in college football goes up against a younger counterpart in the form of Wilcox. Whether it be in the form of touchdowns, field goals or safeties, every point will matter. And while the Horned Frogs’ offense is banged up, TCU still owns the edge on both sides of the ball when it comes to experience and maturity. Cal, on the other hand, hasn’t gone to a bowl game since the current seniors were still freshmen. Though the Cheez-It Bowl could go either way, TCU’s experience in these types of situations will ultimately be enough to keep Patterson’s record perfect against Pac-12 opponents while sending the Horned Frogs back above .500

Say cheese! The Cheez-It Bowl name has been a hit | The Star-Telegram

I am going to eat so many Cheez-Its Wednesday, and I am okay with that.

Around Chase Field there will be samples of Cheez-It’s latest creation – Snap’d, described as “thin, crispy, cheesy and super munchable” – as well as games and giveaways.

Concession stands will sell different Cheez-Its, too, including the Grooves, Duoz and Sriracha. Select concession stands will even serve a “Cheez-It Burger.”

Fans who are in suites have options such as a bottomless Cheez-It nacho bar and the “Mac N Cheez-It” dish.