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TCU News: NCAA Tourney goal in sight, Hawthorne speaks out

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TCU Basketball should be feeling much better about their March Madness possibilities.

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Basketball:

NCAA bid is calling: Streaking TCU sweeps Baylor for win No. 20 | The Star-Telegram

Check another first off the list, as the Frogs continue to build a foundation of success. Their first Big 12 three game conference win streak came at the right time, too.

The Frogs have won three consecutive conference games for the first time this season and for only the second time ever. It’s the first win at home against Baylor since Dec. 29, 2001. TCU’s win at Baylor on Jan. 2 was its first win in Waco since 2002.

The Frogs’ eight wins in the Big 12 are their most league wins since finishing 8-8 in Conference USA in 2005. They’ve now won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999. The Frogs are at .500 in the league for the first time since that win in Waco when they were 1-1.

”It’s tough to get wins in this league,” said Bane. “We just stayed together and trusted what we had. We knew we were a good team. We are playing good basketball right now and we’re going to continue to play good basketball.”

Robinson’s big 2nd half helps TCU hold off Baylor 82-72 | NY Daily News

There was a nice moment of levity in a tense, back and forth game when TCU PG Alex Robinson lost his shoe.

During the second half, Robinson lost his right shoe. He kept playing on defense, took off his sock and left it near the foul line. At the next whistle, the Baylor bench returned the shoe and Robinson left the court briefly.

”Everybody asked on the bench, ‘Why did you take your sock off?’ I needed some traction. If I get back up with Lecomte, I wouldn’t be able to guard him.”

How TCU’s 82-72 win over Baylor has the Horned Frogs poised to end their 20-year NCAA tournament drought | Sports Day

I love that Jamie Dixon doesn’t hide from his team’s goals.

“We’re in a good spot,” said coach Jamie Dixon, in his second season at TCU. “We lost some tough ones early, but I like where we’re at. We’re playing our best basketball.”

TCU kept believing despite early Big 12 struggles and when injuries depleted the playoff rotation.

”We’ve always thought about the tournament,” Robinson said after scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists. “We just have to continue to stay focused and do what we’re supposed to do, which we’ve been doing consistently.”

Football:

Former TCU LB David Hawthorne supports Gary Patterson after Kolby Listenbee lawsuit | Die Hards

Players and coaches are feeling forced to choose sides as this situation begins to get ugly.

“This lawsuit makes my stomach turn and it gets even worse when you see that the people behind it were the first people to grab the trophy celebrating the joys TCU brought to them,” Hawthorne wrote in a Facebook post, which he shared to his public Twitter account.

“God forbid you feel pressure from the coach that wants you to live up to a potential that you can’t even see in yourself. God forbid you receive a 300,000 dollar scholarship to play football and someone expects you to actually play. God forbid you play a violent sport for a living and you get hurt, join the crowd.”