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TCU News: ”Four or five weeks ago probably nobody was thinking about TCU”

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Now, TCU Baseball needs to prove they belong.

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Danny Mourning

Baseball:

TCU baseball is ‘dangerous’ team going into NCAAs | The Star-Telegram

I mean, I wouldn’t want to face them, if I was not them. Give me a Williamson-Lodolo-King rotation with JJ going in game four (if necessary) or as a long reliever if one of the starters looks shaky.

Schlossnagle said he and his staff will work up a game plan that gives TCU the best chance to advance out of the regional. That means ace left-hander Nick Lodolo may not start the Friday opener, Schlossnagle said, although he will get a start at some point.

Senior right-hander Jared Janczak, who had 12 strikeouts and allowed two runs over six innings in a 13-6 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, is expected to get a start too. Charles King would be a strong candidate to move into a relief role.

“We’ve just got to figure out what’s going to give us the best chance to win the regional,” Schlossnagle said.

Big 12 Lands 3 Regional Hosts, TCU Earns Surprise At-Large Bid | NBCDFW

Hey, just get in. Then see what happens.

The Horned Frogs’ selection was one of two big surprises sprung by the selection committee, along with picking Georgia Tech as the No. 3 national seed even though the Yellow Jackets didn’t win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season or tournament titles. TCU came away with an at-large bid even though it was No. 59 in the RPI and finished below .500 in Big 12 play.

TCU (32-26) has overcome injury problems to put together a solid run late in the season, winning a road series against West Virginia and making the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. That offset the Frogs’ 11-13 conference record and 19-20 mark against top-100 RPI teams.

”Four or five weeks ago probably nobody was thinking about TCU,” selection committee chairman Ray Tanner, South Carolina’s athletic director, said. “They’re getting healthy for the first time. They can be dangerous with their starting pitching, having everybody healthy. They were one of the last teams in for sure, but we feel they’re deserving of being in the top 64.”

Football:

TCU Horned Frogs Football 2019: Best-Case vs. Worst-Case Scenario | Heartland College Sports

9-3 seems reasonable. But I don’t know if that’s the BEST case scenario.

The schedule toughens up in October with games at Iowa State, at Kansas State and home against Texas. A 2-1 stretch over the month would be a TCU fan’s dream, moving the team to 6-1 on the season and seriously thinking about a return to Jerry World for the second time in three years. With two bye weeks already complete, the month of November is a gauntlet with five games in five weeks, including one short week, and three of five road games. The month begins with Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Baylor at home and at Texas Tech. 2-1 over those three games would be impressive considering two are away from Fort Worth. Then a two-game finish at Oklahoma and home to West Virginia on Friday is a 1-1 stretch, putting TCU at 9-3 on the season.

Basketball:

Report: Kouat Noi set for several NBA workouts as TCU forward sticks with decision to go pro | Sports Day

Noi is definitely not coming back to school, as has a decent shot to land in the G-League. But it’s more likely his pro career begins overseas.

If there was any hope TCU forward Kouat Noi would make an unexpected return to Fort Worth after announcing his decision to turn professional in April, that scenario is no longer in the cards.

Daniel Moldovan, Noi’s agent, told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman on Monday that Noi is sticking with the decision to enter the NBA draft and has workouts with several teams -- the Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers -- scheduled for the first week of June.