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TCU News: JJ masterful in LA, Tubbs speaks on the Madness

Former TCU Basketball coach Billy Tubbs has thoughts on what Jamie Dixon has accomplished.

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Basketball:

How Jamie Dixon positioned TCU to end NCAA drought | Enid News

Good to hear from Billy Tubbs, who was the last coach to take the Frogs to the promised land.

“I was hoping they’d never get another NCAA Tournament again and I’d hold the record,” Tubbs said laughing of TCU’s 1998 berth. “Kidding, of course. It’s just a matter of time.

“Probably what you’re going to see, in a prognostication, I think you’ll see TCU consistently in the NCAA Tournament.”

And the man largely to thank is the same one who played on the last TCU team to win an NCAA Tournament game. That would be second-year coach Jamie Dixon.

TCU is going dancing, but its partner and seeding remain a mystery date | The Star-Telegram

We will find out tomorrow where the Frogs will be dancing.

Lunardi has the Horned Frogs, who lost to Kansas State in overtime in their first Big 12 tournament game on Thursday, as a No. 6 seed playing No. 11 seed Louisville or Middle Tennessee. Palm has the Frogs as a No. 8 seed playing No. 9 seed Florida State.

The exact seedings, of course, remain very much pliable depending on how other teams rated similarly to TCU in the RPI and BPI ratings do in their conference tournaments.

The Frogs (21-11) have dropped five spots to No. 25 in the latest RPI rankings, according to RealTimeRPI.com. But they’re still No. 20 in the BPI (Basketball Power Index), which aims to predict a team’s performance going forward. TCU’s SOR (Strength of Record) also remains in the top 25 at No. 23.

Baseball:

Janczak, TCU shut down USC in Dodger Stadium Classic opener | The Star-Telegram

JJ was electric Friday night.

Junior right-hander Jared Janczak scattered five hits over seven shutout innings and struck out eight as fourth-ranked TCU hammered Southern Cal 10-1 in Friday’s opener of the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic in Los Angeles.

Janczak (1-1) picked up his first win in four starts with plenty of bat support.

Football:

TCU key spring issue No. 1: Growing pains? Spring ball could make or break how Frogs’ offense performs this fall | Sports Day

The Frogs are stacked on the offensive side of the ball, but it make take time to build continuity.

TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is facing some major turnover this offseason, namely at quarterback and on the O-line. The running backs and receivers seem like a safe bet, but there’s a changing of the guard under center and a lot of question marks regarding the big uglies.

Talent is not the issue, but the synergy might be. Replacing a quarterback and four O-line starters in the same season is not ideal whatsoever, especially considering sophomore QB Shawn Robinson, Kenny Hill’s replacement, is a scrambler by nature -- albeit with a cannon.

Crystal Ball forecasts rising DFW CB to TCU | The Star-Telegram

Will the class of 2019 continue to add talent?

Crossley (5-foot-11, 175 pounds), who visited the Frogs last weekend for a Junior Day, currently has offers from TCU, SMU, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, and Louisiana Tech.

He was the District 14-5A Defensive Utility Player of the Year as a junior.

Patterson’s staff has offered eight corners in 2019 and has garnered two commitments thus far at the position in three-stars Donavann Collins (Cedar Hill) and William Jones (Mansfield Summit).

TCU’s 2019 class currently ranks 10th overall, according to the 2019 Football Recruiting Composite Team Rankings.