It’s a great schedule for the Horned Frogs, who only leave the state twice. Taking advantage of the light travel will be key, not just for 2018, but recruiting for years to come.
No, not just that team down in Austin. Can the Frogs capitalize on the chance to play 10 of their games without crossing a state border?
In case you hadn’t heard, TCU will play outside of Texas only twice -- second-half visits to Kansas and West Virginia. The Frogs’ nonconference showdown against Ohio State will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and their rivalry game against Oklahoma is a home game.
This truly is a luxury. Dominating its in-state slate would certainly get TCU to where it wants to be.
Jamie Dixon doesn’t appear too concerned by what is going on outside his program.
Asked if he felt these changes were trending toward ending the one-and-done rule, Dixon said: “I don’t think this has any impact on what the [NBA] players’ association does and what the NBA does. That’s been a discussion for years. They’ve made adjustments to it, but the college game has no say in the matter.
“My opinion is that we spend so much time talking about 10 guys [who could go from high school to the NBA] whereas Division I college basketball has 4,000 or 5,000 players and we spend so much time on the phrase that is so catchy, ‘one-and-done,’ that it’s the headline of nearly every college basketball article.
“Either way, college basketball will continue to be successful.”
But eight of the 11 games announced will be played at home inside Schollmaier Arena. It starts with a season-opening game against Duquesne on Nov. 6, a matchup between two teams that made the Women’s NIT last season.
TCU reached the WNIT semifinals, while Duquesne reached the third round.
The Frogs have big expectations in 2018, building off of a successful campaign a season ago that saw them nearly snag a Big 12 title.
The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies received first-half goals from Ally Watt and Emily Bates to topple the TCU Horned Frogs, 2-0, Saturday night at Ellis Field in the final exhibition match leading into the 2018 season.
Texas A&M brought intensity in the first half and the hard work paid off with Watt’s ice breaker in the 29th minute and Bates’ tally in the 38th minute. The Aggies owned a wide margin in shots (10-2) and shots-on-goal (4-0) in the opening act with TCU holding a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.