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TCU News: Bane back, Frogs await postseason fate, JJ’s big weekend

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Lots to catch up on from the holiday weekend!

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Danny Mourning

Baseball:

TCU baseball loses Big 12 semifinal in 10 innings, leaving NCAA tournament bid to fate | The Star-Telegram

We will find out today if the Frogs miss the postseason for a second consecutive season - most projections have them out of the field.

TCU had moved up to No. 59 in the latest RPI rankings (ratings percentage index) after eliminating Oklahoma and Baylor, the No. 2-seeded team in the tournament. The Frogs, who were the No. 6 seed, then beat No. 3 seed Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon to force an elimination semifinal game. The game was postponed from Saturday night to 9 a.m. Sunday morning because of inclement weather in the area of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Frogs’ chances of an earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament are slim based on their regular-season record. Their success in the Big 12 tournament helped, but probably not enough. The 64-team field is announced Monday. The Big 12 Championship tournament winner earns an automatic bid.

Basketball:

TCU’s Desmond Bane returning for senior season | 247 Sports

Cannot overstate how huge this is for the Horned Frogs.

Bane had a big junior season as he averaged 15.2 points per game and 5.7 rebounds; his points per game led the Frogs. He reached 30 points in two games this past season; he scored a career-high 34 points in a win over Texas and scored 30 points against Nebraska in the NIT. He surpassed the 20-point mark six times on the season including two games in which he posted 26 points.

Bane will be one of two returning starters for the Frogs along with center Kevin Samuel. Kendric Davis also got valuable playing time off the bench as a true freshman. The Frogs have to replace Alex Robinson, who is the school’s all-time assist leader, JD Miller and Kouat Noi, who declared for the NBA Draft and will possibly play overseas.

Golf:

TCU product J.J. Henry has his best Colonial in a decade | The Star-Telegram

Not a bad week for JJ.

“For whatever reason, I haven’t had a whole lot of great opportunities here,” said Henry, who has played in every Colonial since his debut in 2002.

“I love playing here. It’s my fifth major. I tend to put a little too much pressure on myself sometimes around these parts, but it’s a great event.

“I wish I would’ve been a little closer to the lead, but we had wonderful crowds all week. Huge crowds. Great support and a lot of TCU fans, a lot of friends, a lot of family. I heard a lot of ‘Go Frogs.’ It was nice to play pretty solid for four days.”

Henry, 44, made the cut here for the first time since 2014, and this is his best finish since a career-best T22 in 2009. He earned $55,115 for the week.