FWST had this story earlier in the season, but it’s still worth revisiting. The fact that Dixon told him to go to TCU, before he knew he would be coaching there is a pretty neat note. Also, A-Rob is an incredibly impressive young man.
“Yeah, I still think about it a lot,” Alex says. “In my locker I have the articles and stuff, just to remind me that life is really fragile, and you’ve just got to make every day the most of it.”
Afterward, it became clear staying in College Station wouldn’t work.
”He was a mess,” his mother remembers. “He was pretty much in shock. And from that point, it was tough.”
Then Pitt-coach Jamie Dixon, who had recruited Robinson when he was in high school, counseled the young point guard.
”I had told him to go to TCU,” Dixon said. “I thought it would be a great place for him. But I had no clue that I’d be coaching him, when it was all said and done.”
Syracuse and Arizona State are programs with traditions of success. TCU is not. This is anything but a surprise.
“TCU hasn’t won a game since Feb. 27,” Medcalf wrote. “And its staying power will demand a win over Syracuse’s maddening defense or an Arizona State squad that put up 102 points in a win over Xavier. I’ll pick the double-digit seed here.”
It’s a bold prediction from Medcalf. A TCU stickler would argue that the Horned Frogs actually match up well with Syracuse’s famed 2-3 zone defense. TCU ranks No. 17 in the nation in three-point shooting, making 40 percent of its shots from deep. If they can stretch out the Orange’s defense and make it rain, the Horned Frogs should have a good chance. Arizona State does have a ton of scorers, and TCU has trouble playing against individual greatness — see both losses to Trae Young and Oklahoma and both losses to the star-studded Kansas Jayhawks.
Yeah... having just booked flight, car, hotel... I feel this pain.
Now, TCU fans have to figure out how much they’ll need to pay to make it to Detroit for the sixth-seeded Horned Frogs first-round game on Friday. TCU will take on the winner of Arizona State and Syracuse (which will be played at 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday) at 9:40 ET at Little Caesars Arena (a capacity of 20,000).
At present, the price of an upper-level seat ranges from $167 to $250 for the first-round game and $150 to $286 for the second-round game on StubHub.com. Prices for lower-level tickets range from $245 to $780 for the first-round game, and $215 to $975 for the second-round game.
The flight situation is a bit more complicated. A late-Friday start means that fans won’t have to depart until Friday morning, or afternoon at the latest. But, the arena’s website indicates that the tip-off for the second-round game could be on Sunday evening. So if you’re planning on staying through the second-round, you won’t be able to fly back to DFW until Monday.
This is a tough draw for the Frogs, but they at least have the benefit of playing on their home floor.
TCU, a member of the Big 12, is 19-12 on the season, including a 9-9 record in conference play. The Horned Frogs dropped a 94-48 decision to third-ranked Baylor in the second round of their conference tournament.
The Cardinals are 2-4 all-time vs. TCU. The teams last met in the 2014-15 season when TCU was a 72-68 winner over the visiting Cardinals.
The Frogs lost a big name in Norrie, but are still really good.
The Horned Frogs made it a 3-0 advantage on court four, where Nunez fought past Stachowiak, 7-6 (7), 6-4. The two held serve throughout the first set and went to the tiebreaker. After being even at 1-1 and 2-2, Nunez pulled out to 5-2 and 6-3 leads. Stachowiak won four of the next five points to deadlock the tiebreaker at 7-7. From there, Nunez took the last two points. In the second set, Nunez broke at 2-1 to take leads of 3-1 and 4-1. Stachowiak trailed 5-2 before holding and breaking to get within 5-4. Nunez broke in the last game to take the match. Stachowiak falls to 21-6 overall and 10-3 in dual action. His five-match winning streak was also snapped with the setback.
Completing the sweep for TCU was Kruger with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against junior Ryan Dickerson on court six. With the first set even at 3-3, Kruger held and broke to take a 5-3 advantage. Dickerson broke right back and trailed 5-4, but Kruger broke again to end the set. The second set had Kruger break again with a 2-1 lead to go ahead 3-1. The two exchanged breaks to give Kruger a 4-2 advantage. The two held serve for the final three games with Kruger coming away the winner. Dickerson dips to 14-10 overall and 7-7 in dual matches.