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TCU Basketball needed a near-buzzer beater to knock off a tournament team from a season ago.

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Football:

He hasn’t played much, but TCU’s Kellton Hollins remains one of TCU’s leaders | The Star-Telegram

Hollins is one of the all-around good dudes in college football.

“It’s hard because he was that guy and because of injuries he’s kind of been banged up and hasn’t been able to step into those slots. I think that’s the biggest thing with him is he’s a guy that people respect and they respect him even more off the field than on the field.”

Hollins started 11 games at center last season and is now listed as the backup left guard behind Cordel Iwuagwu on the depth chart. He played in TCU’s 51-14 victory over Kansas on Sept. 28.

Like every player, Hollins would like to see his snaps increase but is not letting his lack of playing time have a negative impact.

“Playing was a dream come true last year,” Hollins said. “Not playing is definitely tough but this is preparing me for something later in life. Whatever that may be, I don’t know, but I just need to sit down and listen to God and whatever he has to say to me. Just build that strength, build that courage and make sure I’m still being a leader wherever I’m at — whether that’s on the field playing or on the sidelines cheering.”

Don’t be fooled: Gary Patterson’s TCU is a tough out for OU | 247 Sports

This game rarely goes as expected.

However, Patterson’s 4-2-5 is still one of the stoutest defenses in the nation. TCU leads the league in rush defense allowing just 3.8 yards per carry. They’re the second-best team in the Big 12 in pass defense efficiency. The Frogs allow a league-best and stingy 55.3 percent and have held opponents to just over 209 yards passing per game. And, yes, they’re the best of the Big 12 in total defense just ahead of OU.

The Frogs have been successful with their defense because they can run-support with eight defenders in the box, and Patterson trusts his corners in man-coverage. However, Patterson’s best defensive back won’t be available to him for the first half against OU on Saturday.

Corner back Jeff Gladney was ejected TCU’s win against Tech for targeting. By rule, he must sit out the next half TCU plays. For OU, who might have to play yet another game without CeeDee Lamb, that’s a part of the field that’s ripe for attack.

For TCU, it’s just one more impediment for the Frogs to bowl eligibility. They need one win in their next two, and the Frogs haven’t beaten OU in years and still remember getting embarrassed 41-17 in 2017 in the first Big 12 title game since 2010.

TCU loses commitment from its top 2020 recruit | The Star-Telegram

It’s the second time Sylvester has de-committed from the Frogs.

Sylvester de-committed earlier this summer but quickly took down the post. He later said it was a mistake. But Sylvester never shut down his recruitment and recently received an offer from Oklahoma.

Sylvester also holds offers from Alabama, Baylor, Arkansas and Florida State.

Sylvester is in the midst of a terrific senior season with 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss on the year. Newton is 10-1 on the season.

Basketball:

RJ Nembhard’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer sends TCU coach Jamie Dixon to win No. 400 | The Star-Telegram

Huge moment for the redshirt sophomore.

“My teammates have confidence in me, my coaches have confidence in me,” he said. “I tried to slow things down and make it just like any other shot.”

What a way to get No. 400 for Dixon. He knew it wouldn’t be easy against UC Irvine, a 31-win team last season that won a first-round NCAA Tournament game against Kansas State.

Nembhard, the Keller High product, finished with a game-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers. Desmond Bane scored 11 points.

“I knew it was cash,” senior guard Edric Dennis said of Nembhard’s shot.

TCU never trailed in the first half, although it got off to another slow start. The Frogs endured a 4:43 scoring drought early in the game before going on a 9-0 run to take a 15-6 lead. Dennis got it started with a 3-pointer at the 13:12 mark, and Nembhard also had a 3-pointer in the stretch.

Pro Frogs:

Pelicans improving in several areas since moving Kenrich Williams into starting lineup | NBA.com

Kenny Hustle keeps making the kinds of plays that win ballgames. And his teammates appreciate it.

One reason Williams may not immediately stand out to the casual NBA fan: He rarely focuses on scoring, averaging 6.1 points in his 60 career games, despite starting 35 times. The TCU product doesn’t possess a ton of flash in his game; off the court, he’s quiet and soft-spoken in interviews. Partly as a result, other Pelicans players seem to be taking up the cause of making sure Williams receives appropriate accolades and recognition for what he contributes.

“He’s one of the most valuable guys on the team,” guard JJ Redick said. “I sit next to him on the (team) plane, so I’m trying to be his hype man a little bit. I think he’s more skilled than (just his nickname indicates of) ‘Kenny Hustle.’ He’s got a nice game, too. He’s very versatile and brings a lot of things to the table. He can guard a bunch of different positions, he can play different ways offensively. Keeping plays alive and finding open guys, he has such a high basketball IQ.”

“Charges, (offensive) rebounds,” Hayes lists of what Williams brings. “Kenrich does everything. Always getting extra possessions on offense. He’s playing defense, locking everybody up, making the right move. He doesn’t get a lot of credit for that, but he’s the heart and soul of this team.”