The Frogs are excited to be in, but don’t seem to feel just getting there is enough.
And throughout this season, especially when injuries, including the season-ending injury to Jaylen Fisher, had the Frogs playing with a short bench and the gauntlet of Big 12 Conference talent was wearing them thin, Dixon kept chirping in their ears that they were good enough. That they were improving, especially on the defensive end. The confidence never wavered.
That resolve started to build a year ago, after the Frogs lost their last seven regular-season games in the Big 12 before reaching the semifinals in the Big 12 tournament and then winning five straight to capture the NIT. championship.
”That helped us develop a winning mentality,” TCU guard Alex Robinson said. “This year, we kind took that a step forward and continued to push. Coach Dixon even emphasized how good we were. As a team, we knew we were good. We knew how to bounce back. But the constant reassurance from coach was big.”
I still can’t believe this is actually happening.
The TCU Horned Frogs are headed to the NCAA men’s basketball tournamentfor the first time in twenty years.
Selections for March Madness were announced Sunday. TCU will enter as the sixth seed and play in the Detroit Regional.
A Rob made me feel really old yesterday.
The Horned Frogs earned an at-large bid Sunday to compete for the first time since 1998. TCU guard Alex Robinson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he was only two years old the last time the Frogs played in the tournament.
“It’s amazing that it’s been 20 years. That’s a long time,” Robinson said. “Was it the longest drought? They should definitely put us on TV for that. That’s a great accomplishment.”
TCU earned a six seed and will open Friday in Detroit against the winner of Wednesday’s match-up between No. 11 seed Arizona State or Syracuse.
Coach Dixon was incredibly happy for a group of guys he says ‘have a lot of personality’.
On Sunday, coach Dixon and his Big 12 team gathered at their arena to watch the selection show on television with boosters and school officials, and celebrated together when TCU’s name popped up on the screen. The Horned Frogs are the sixth seed in the Midwest Region and face the winner of the play-in game between Arizona State and Syracuse in Detroit on Friday.
It was a much different scene than in 1987.
“I don’t even think it was televised back then,” said Dixon, now in his second season coaching his alma mater. “I remember being in my dorm room. I remember getting a phone call. Coaches called me, so I went and told the other guys in the dorm.”