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TCU News: “I feel it’s good we’re being tested like this.”

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TCU Basketball has cruised in the preseason the last few years, but getting beat early a few times could be good for this young team.

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Football:

Another TCU football player is going bowling. Plus decision looming for DT Blacklock. | The Star-Telegram

Blacklock is going to go pro... but, the fact that’s he’s hesitating is giving us hope.

Blacklock likely won’t make his decision until the semester concludes and he receives feedback from the NFL’s College Advisory Committee.

The committee provides a draft grade for underclassmen prospects such as Blacklock, informing them whether scouts view them as a potential first round, potential second round or “neither.”

“Neither” is effectively a recommendation to stay in school, as the NFL feels a player’s best chance for success is usually staying in school, earning an education and improving his draft stock by completing his college football eligibility.

Blacklock is coming off a solid junior season in which he was named first-team All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches. He started all 12 games, finishing with 40 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks. He also had three QB hurries.

Husker target Jimari Butler decommits from Tennessee after weekend visit to Nebraska | Big Red Today

The Frogs are also in on this top talent on the defensive line. Zarnell Fitch will take the lead in his recruitment.

Butler, who reportedly ran a 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds at a Nike regional camp last summer, hadn’t played football since middle school before he returned to the gridiron this fall. He finished his senior year with 18-plus sacks for Murphy High School after its new coach convinced him his college future could be in something other than basketball.

The standout committed to Tennessee on Nov. 8 but decided to back off that pledge following his official visit to Nebraska last weekend.

According to Rivals, Butler has a final two of Nebraska and TCU. He plans to take an official visit to TCU this coming weekend.

Basketball:

‘We’ll respond. We’ll get better.’ TCU basketball looks to bounce back vs. Winthrop | The Star-Telegram

Dixon has the right mindset for his very young, very inexperienced team.

The Frogs blew a 15-point lead at the end of regulation of what became a 62-60 overtime loss to Clemson last month in Las Vegas. And then TCU overcame an 18-point deficit, but ultimately fell short, in an 80-78 loss to USC in the inaugural game at Dickies Arena on Friday night.

“I knew we were going to hit adversity at some point and it came a little earlier than I would’ve liked it to for sure,” said Bane, TCU’s senior guard who is leading the team with 18 points a game.

“But we’ll respond. We’ll get better. I feel it’s good we’re being tested like this. We’ve lost to two good teams by a combined four points.”

TCU will look to get back on track against Winthrop on Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena. This will be the first meeting between the programs.

Texas A&M women’s basketball team to host savvy TCU on Wednesday night | The Eagle

This is a great test for a Horned Frogs’ team off to their best start in years.

“They’re a team that won’t make a lot of mistakes,” A&M coach Gary Blair said. “[Guard] Kianna Ray has played three good games against us. [Jaycee] Bradley can shoot it from deep. And [Lauren] Heard, the point guard, she’s the real deal. She makes things happen. She does a little bit of everything.”

Bradley had season-high 24 points and Heard added 21 points and 10 rebounds in TCU’s 80-65 victory over Auburn in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday. It was a good resume win for TCU, which hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2010.

“Any sport, any team that goes in with seniors and juniors I’d bet on them making the NCAA tournament, because older kids make good decisions and they don’t turn the ball over as much as younger kids,” Blair said. “I think this is a big year for them ... it’s a big year for us. I think we played the competition to get us ready for this game.”