But, buy-in and effort are a huge key to defensive success.
“Most of the games were really close,” Brodziansky said. “So we needed more focus on the little things, helping. Talking more. That’s what coach was emphasizing the whole time, the little things that will help us a lot on defense.”
TCU showed the ability to clamp down defensively throughout the season. But often it came in stretches and when the Frogs’ bench was thin and as the minutes piled up, it put a dent in the defense. That isn’t the case anymore. The eight-man rotation is healthy.
”The film room is where you get exposed and you don’t like that,” TCU senior Kenrich Williams said. “It’s a help defense. We’re not just leaving our guys on an island out there. We’re helping one another. Cracking down on the baseline.”
Uhh... and TCU would have won if not for having their worst shooting performance of the season. It’s all relative.
K-State player to watch: Dean Wade. He had 24 points and five rebounds against TCU last week, but the Wildcats didn’t get him the ball much in the closing moments. That was a big reason why they lost. K-State coach Bruce Weber said he could have scored 40 afterward. Look for K-State to feature him once again.
TCU player to watch: Kenrich Williams. The Horned Frogs’ best all-around player hurt the Wildcats inside and outside last week, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. An all-conference selection, Williams will once again pose a difficult matchup for K-State defenders.
Kellis Robinett’s prediction
Kansas State 65, TCU 64. The Wildcats would have won at TCU without a flurry of late turnovers and fouls. Expect them to keep their composure at Sprint Center and win a close one.
This is awesome.
He says at a recent game on the road, they starting calling him “Lunch Lady” because they thought his haircut resembled that of a person wearing a hairnet. Williams took us on a trip to his barbershop, so we could soak up the experience.
When told that Williams has been called Lunch Lady, his Fort Worth barber, Gleason said, “That’s because you serve them up!!! Ask them if they want a dunk or a three pointer.”
Archie is going to be a star.
TCU basketball commit Kaden Archie is already an online star. Video highlights of the 6-foot-6 small forward from Midlothian High School are all over the Internet.
The offensive line class is stacked for 2019.
What he’s saying: “Knowing that they’ve wanted me for so long means a lot more than if they just recently offered,” he told Horned Frog Blitz last week. “Both Coach [Sonny] Cumbie and Coach [ Chris] Thomsen recruited my brother at Texas Tech so the fact they came after me while at TCU means a lot. I’ve known those two for a long time.”
TCU’s Class: Currently ranks No. 10 in the 247Sports 2019 team rankings. Brown is the 7th 2019 commitment and 3rd-highest rated commit for the Frogs in 2019.
We haven’t heard much about Alex Bush... can he fill the sizable hole left by Travin Howard?
Three seniors who could easily start for most teams -- Arico Evans, Montrel Wilson and Alec Dunham -- will be forced to scratch and claw for playing time in Gary Patterson’s 4-2-5 scheme. It’s a really, really good problem to have.
The easiest solution would be to platoon the group like crazy, always having two sets of fresh legs on the field. It’s rare to have this many options at a position at once, and TCU should take full advantage. Spring ball is the time to determine how each of the five should be used.