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TCU News: Cheez-It Bowl steals some Super Bowl shine

The game wasn’t nearly as entertaining as its low-scoring predecessor.

Links O' War
Links O’ War
Danny Mourning

Basketball:

TCU basketball had forgettable week. What concerns Jamie Dixon the most? | The Star-Telegram

The defense had been so good, but really let the Frogs down over the last week. But they need to find ways to score, too.

Clearly, Bane is a difference-maker who has to get going earlier in games. He acknowledged that after Saturday’s game.

“Maybe I do need to be a little more aggressive,” Bane said, “but we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing all year to get us 15 wins.”

But offense isn’t the top concern for Dixon or TCU. Instead, it’s the defense.

The same defense that showed flashes in grind-it-out wins over Texas and Florida before Tech and Baylor posted the highest point totals on TCU this season.

Texas Tech and Baylor each shot more than 50 percent from the field. The Red Raiders made 54.2 percent of their shots, and the Bears topped that by draining 55.6 percent of theirs.

It helped Baylor that senior guard Makai Mason had a career night with 40 points.

Moore shines in TCU’s fourth-straight win: ‘No matter what happens, she’s unstoppable’ | The Star-Telegram

It was a great weekend for the women though, who continue to ride their star to wins.

Moore, one of two NCAA players who is averaging over 15.5 points and two blocks per game, was dominant in the paint as the Frogs (16-5, 6-4 Big 12) outscored Oklahoma State 17-7 in the second quarter to gain a 36-19 halftime lead. Moore finished 8-of-18 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

“I told Jordan last year that no one is better than her,” said Sophomore guard Lauren Heard. “No matter what happens, she’s unstoppable and I keep telling her that and she keeps fighting.”

TCU’s “Kenny Hustle” making most of NBA opportunity with New Orleans Pelicans | The Star-Telegram

Hustle has been absolutely killing it over the last week.

He played 30-plus minutes in each game, the most minutes of his young career, and his play is certainly being noticed at his old college stomping grounds. Williams and the Pelicans return to action Saturday at San Antonio.

“It’s just great. It’s exciting,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “It’s fun for us. Obviously playing and doing well is great. His agent keeps me fully informed of each basket he makes. It’s a great story and unique, his path is unique in becoming an all-Big 12 player and then the path he took to get to the NBA.

“An opportunity has arisen, a bigger opportunity, and he’s taken it. It’s a great story for all.”

Football:

The NFL’s Cheez-It Bowl? TCU fans, media have plenty of jokes as Rams, Patriots struggle to put up points in Super Bowl | Sports Day

This was hilarious.

It didn’t even take until halftime for both TCU football fans and media members to draw comparisons between the Patriots’ latest championship and the Horned Frogs’ Cheez-It Bowl victory over Cal in December -- a game which featured nine interceptions between both teams before the TCU finally emerged victorious in overtime, 10-7.

Of course, the onslaught of turnovers seen in Phoenix wasn’t present this time around. But for some folks, the sloppiness of the bowl game proved more entertaining than the show on turf between New England and Los Angeles.

Cy-Ranch tight end Drake Dabney excited for TCU offer | 247 Sports

What’s with all these tight ends lately? Are we actually going to see the position used?

Tight end will be a huge position of need for the Frogs’ 2020 recruiting class. The Frogs do not have a commitment or signee at the position from the 2019 class and do not expect to land one. Dabney says the Frogs have been up front with how much they need a player at his position.

“They expressed that the tight end has a major role in their system; tight ends that can run, block, and catch are an asset,” Dabney said.

Prior to his visit Dabney had a little knowledge of the Big 12 program. After seeing the program up close on Saturday he’s glad he got to learn more about the school.

“To be honest not a lot outside of they play in the Big 12 and they have great academics,” he said. “It was great to meet all the coaches and staff. The facilities are top notch and just getting better.”