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TCU News: “I just wish we would’ve played better and maybe I would’ve felt better.”

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The Frogs’ 3OT loss at WVU is a heart-breaker.

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Danny Mourning

Basketball:

‘We are a better team than we played tonight.’ Inside TCU’s loss at West Virginia | The Star-Telegram

Well, yeah, one would hope.

“We need to win every game, so we won the last one, didn’t win this one. I just wish we would’ve played better and maybe I would’ve felt better. I think we are a better team than what we played tonight.”

TCU likely has to pull off at least one upset with Texas Tech and Kansas State visiting Fort Worth next. The Frogs close the season at Texas on March 9.

Dixon hopes his team learns from what could be a season-altering defeat.

“Get some accountability and put some guys in situations where we’re more successful and finish plays,” Dixon said.

It was TCU’s first triple overtime game since 2009.

TCU’s Jamie Dixon impressed by McCabe’s breakout night | WV Metro News

Why does it seem every week that a player has a “breakout” game against the Frogs?

TCU had the ball in obvious position to take the final shot of the game on two different occasions — and didn’t end up shooting either time.

At the end of regulation, Dixon took a timeout with 11.5 seconds left to set up the final play. McCabe thwarted that plan, ripping the ball away from Frogs guard Desmond Bane near midcourt before narrowly missing on a desperation heave of his own.

“We obviously didn’t execute,” Dixon said. “That might be on me. We ran a little different play than what we’ve practiced. Of course, our personnel was different too, so I thought that was the simplest way to do it. I just thought we didn’t make the right read.”

The Frogs appeared to have the Mountaineers dead to rights at the end of the second overtime when Bane wrestled the ball from Derek Culver in the post as West Virginia fumbled away its own chance at the last shot with 5 seconds left.

Instead, a perfect entry pass was wasted when forward JD Miller improbably dribbled out of bounds near midcourt.

“We got it where we wanted to, given that we had five seconds in a similar situation earlier in the year,” Dixon said.

What Bob Huggins had to say after triple OT win over TCU | 247 Sports

This was essentially a meaningless game for the Eers, yet they are the ones that found a way to win.

“These guys have been through a lot. I know I’m really happy for them,” Huggins said of his team. “The officials don’t understand why I get so angry. I get upset because these guys deserved to win. They stuck with it. They haven’t given up. Their work ethic is getting better and better. They deserved to win.”

Golf:

Men’s Golf finishes fourth in Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Tournament | TCU 360

It must be spring if golf is collecting top ten finishes.

TCU men’s golf got some strong performances from its seniors en route to a fourth-place finish at the Classic Club golf course this weekend in Palm Desert, California.

After the first round, David Ravetto was tied for first place. The senior shot a season-best 4-under 68 on Friday, including 3-under 33 on the front nine.

He shot an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole, one of just seven eagles for the 120-person field.

Hayden Springer and Pierre Mazier also had strong first rounds. Springer had four birdies and shot even-par 72, finishing the day tied for 7th place.

Mazier finished the first round by shooting 3-under 33 with four birdies on the back nine to finish 3-over 75 for the round. The Frogs finished the first round in third place and shot 3-over 291 as a team.

Ravetto shot 1-under 71 on Saturday and was one of four Horned Frogs to shoot at or under par. He ended the day tied for second place at 5-under 139.