After a long absence, TCU Basketball returned to the top 25 Monday morning.
The Horned Frogs, who have won nine games in a row, including opening conference play with a 85-81 victory over Baylor, were ranked in the preseason, but fell out of the top 25 after dropping a game to Lipscomb in November. They haven’t lost since.
But, despite piling up victories, Jamie Dixon’s squad stayed outside of the national light. For his part, though, it doesn’t seem Coach Dixon cares much.
How much does #TCU's Jamie Dixon care about the AP Top 25 rankings?— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) January 7, 2019
"For the rankings, the votes, I don’t even know who the [voters] are. I don’t know, are we ranked or not ranked? I don’t know." (TCU re-entered about an hour after this).
It’s something that has gone noticed by the players, though, and kept them playing with a chip on their shoulder. After defeating Indiana State, junior point guard Jaylen Fisher pointed it out, saying “they’re sleeping on us, but we will wake them up”, and Alex Robinson noted it before the conference opener, when he commented “a lot of people don’t have high expectations for us. I feel like we should be ranked, and they haven’t given us that yet. So we have a lot to prove.”
Apparently, they proved themselves enough Saturday.
In the receiving votes category for the last several weeks, the Frogs crested into the rankings with 99 votes this week. They join #7 Kansas, coming off of a loss at Iowa State, #8 Texas Tech, #20 Iowa State, and #23 Oklahoma as Big 12 teams ranked this week, with Texas in the receiving votes category.
The Frogs will put their ranking to the test Wednesday, when they head to Lawrence, looking for their first-ever victory at Kansas. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm.
It’s a nice feather in the cap for TCU, but with just one Big 12 game under their belt, there is a long way to go to reach their goals. Now, they will have the attention of their opponents as they continue to reach towards them.