We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these two guys, who came when TCU was a disaster and helped turn them into a tourney team.
The Horned Frogs (20-9, 8-8 in the Big 12) are trying to win their fourth consecutive Big 12 Conference game for the first time and fourth consecutive conference game since 1998 in the Western Athletic Conference. That season was the last time TCU played in the NCAA tournament.
That should change in a couple of weeks and Williams and Brodziansky are two prime reasons why.
”They’re two of the top players in the conference and in TCU history,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “They left a legacy of a program on the rise and helped changed the perception of the program.”
These two teams are pretty evenly matched, so tonight’s game should be great.
K-State player to watch: Makol Mawien. The sophomore forward has been quiet lately, but his 18 points were a big reason why K-State beat TCU last month at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats are 6-0 when he reaches double figures. They will take their chances if he can do it again.
TCU player to watch: Vlad Brodziansky. One of the most versatile forwards in the Big 12, he could pose matchup problems for K-State inside, especially if Mawien or Wade get in foul trouble.
This is the main reason I feel really good about TCU’s Dance Bid with two games remaining.
Things broke right for TCU in that department this season, and the Horned Frogs now benefit from a RPI of 19. K-State has a RPI of 60, mostly because its nonconference slate ranks among the nation’s weakest.
“We have studied it,” Weber said. “Some of it is good fortune, playing teams that end up having a good record during the season that maybe you didn’t anticipate. Some of it is (not) playing the higher (RPI teams) 300 or 250 and above. That is a factor.”
K-State can learn a thing or two from the way TCU coach Jamie Dixon scheduled this season.
The Horned Frogs won nonconference games against Nevada (16), St. Bonaventure (24), Belmont (78), South Dakota (89), William & Mary (92) and SMU (98). That may not look like a challenging assortment of teams, but all six count as top 100 RPI victories.
Expect this class to rise with a couple of big time names close to committing.
2. TCU (5) -- TCU has done a tremendous job of mining some top talent, which is par for the course under Gary Patterson. While all five of the Horned Frogs’ pledges are three-stars, local recruits like William Jones and Donavann Collins make up a solid early class.