It has been a long time since we have seen the Horned Frogs lace ‘em up on the hardwood, but with the start of the season just over a month away, we are starting to get some insight into scheduling.
On Tuesday, the program announced that it would be taking part in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, facing Tulsa on Nov. 28 at T-Mobile Center.
The other semifinal round features Northwestern taking on South Carolina. The event will conclude on Nov. 29 with the consolation and championship matchups, with all games televised on ESPN networks.
It will be the first meeting between the two programs since Dec. 21, 2013 when TCU defeated Tulsa, 70-58, in Fort Worth. Tulsa leads the all-time series 21-12.
Additionally, TCU will play at Missouri on Jan. 30 as the pairings were announced Wednesday for the 2021 SEC/Big 12 Men’s Basketball Challenge.
It will be the sixth-ever meeting with Missouri, which leads the overall series 4-1. The last meeting was Dec. 18, 1952, a 55-45 win by the Tigers in Columbia, Mo. TCU head coach Jamie Dixon, who enters his 17th season as a head coach and fifth with the Horned Frogs, has never faced Missouri, or Tulsa for that matter, previously.
The eighth annual event will consist of 10 games as every Big 12 member faces 10 squads from the Southeastern Conference. This will mark the sixth consecutive year for all games to be played in one day. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the contests.
Big 12 teams are 40-30 (.571) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge after a tie in 2020. The Big 12 has a yearly Challenge record of 4-1-2 with wins in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. The first tie occurred in 2017 (in case of a tie, the trophy stays with the conference that won it the previous season).
TCU has a 4-3 record all-time in the Challenge with its last win coming in 2019 against Florida. Last season, the Frogs lost at Arkansas, 78-67.
2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge – Saturday, January 30
Auburn at Baylor
Iowa State at Mississippi State
Kansas at Tennessee
Texas A&M at Kansas State
Alabama at Oklahoma
Arkansas at Oklahoma State
TCU at Missouri
Texas at Kentucky
Texas Tech at LSU
Florida at West Virginia
Jamie Dixon, enters his 17th season as a head coach and fifth at TCU, returns six players this year, led by juniors RJ Nembhard and Kevin Samuel. TCU has just one senior on its roster, former walk-on Owen Aschieris, and is expecting big contributions from first and second year players like Francisco Farabello, PJ Fuller, Diante Smith, and Mike Myers.
Their season is rumored to be starting on November 25th, with an opponent yet to be finalized.