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TCU News: “I make sure to keep my energy high, keep the team’s morale high and keep pushing and come back to work.”

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Jalen Reagor is getting it done for his team, on and off the field.

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Football:

TCU’s Gary Patterson wasn’t happy that Lucas Niang’s surgery news leaked out | The Star-Telegram

I’m not really sure what Gary was so upset about here.

Niang posted on his social media account that his college career came to a close following TCU’s 37-27 victory over No. 15 Texas, and multiple outlets reported the news on Sunday.

“I was disappointed,” Patterson said during a media availability on Monday. “It’s not so much having the surgery, I was just disappointed that there was no reason to let it out. You didn’t have to know until Saturday when he’s not playing.

“That’s what I told him yesterday in the team meeting. There was no reason for it to be out. It’s good for him, he’s going to take care of his business, but the bottom line is he hurt his teammates. There was no reason for that to have been out, but we’re in that era where it’s all about us. All about me.”

‘Once we get going, it’s scary what we can do.’ TCU’s Reagor poised for strong finish. | The Star-Telegram

Reag is a leader, no matter how many catches he gets.

But, with TCU’s quarterback play sorting itself out between Duggan and fifth-year senior Alex Delton early on, Reagor has gotten off to a slower start than expected. He’s on pace for less than 600 yards receiving and 43 receptions.

Reagor, though, has kept a positive mindset throughout.

“I’ve got to stay positive since I’m a leader on this team,” said Reagor, who has shined in special teams and ranks first in the Big 12 and third in the country with 232 yards in punt return.

“I make sure to keep my energy high, keep the team’s morale high and keep pushing and come back to work.”

3 takeaways from Gary Patterson’s conference call: Experience will help win turnover battles | Dallas Morning News

The defense got clicking and got aggressive.

Entering Saturday, TCU hadn’t forced a turnover since the SMU game in mid-September. But the Frogs forced elite Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger into four interceptions, three of which came in the second half. TCU made defensive adjustments at halftime, switching to more zone coverage and blitzing less. That was one reason the Frogs were able to pick off Ehlinger. But Patterson says his defense, full of sophomores and freshmen, is becoming better throughout the year as players gain experience.

“Older teams that play fast, as the games slow down, they usually get more takeaways,” Patterson said. “It’s no different than last year. We were minus 12 in the first half of the season and we were plus eight in the last half. I think takeaways make a big deal in how you win ball games.”

Basketball:

Top 25 players for the 2019-20 college basketball season | ESPN

Desmond Bane makes the cut — if he can elevate his team, it could be a fun season in Fort Worth.

21. Desmond Bane, TCU Horned Frogs

No one on this list has been shooting as accurately for as long as Bane, who enters his senior season as a career 43% shooter beyond the arc and 57% inside it. Though it may have escaped your notice in real time, Bane brought those percentages to life in a 30-point outing (on 10-of-15 shooting) against Nebraska in the NIT last March. The Big 12’s not going to be a picnic for any team, and an NCAA bid may be a stretch for the Horned Frogs. Nevertheless, Bane can keep TCU in that hunt, particularly if coach Jamie Dixon can find a way to defend the paint this season.

Here’s how UW basketball fared in its secret scrimmage at TCU | Seattle Times

The shooting will come around, but it’s great to see Bane go off against a Power Five opponent.

Washington held TCU to 37.3% shooting from the field (19 of 51) and 28.6% from three-point range (8 of 28).

However, the Huskies had difficulty slowing down Desmond Bane, the leading returning scorer in the Big 12. The 6-foot-6 senior guard finished with a game-high 26 points, including five three-pointers.