Shortstop and center field will have a very different look this spring.
Schlossnagle remains optimistic about the impact Sacco will make from a defensive and offensive perspective, calling him an elite shortstop.
“To this point, he’s been every bit as good as anybody we’ve ever had play shortstop during my time here,” Schlossnagle said. “That alone is going to make us a better team.”
Schlossnagle is also high on what Henry and Wolfe will bring to the lineup, particularly after they finished last season strong. Both have the potential to hit more than 10 home runs.
However, an injury will likely limit Wolfe to designated hitter duties this season. Wolfe had been expected to play center field, but Schlossnagle feels good about what Sikes can do defensively.
“He’s a really talented defensive player for sure,” Schlossnagle said. “He’ll play center every bit as good as Johnny Rizer [last year’s center fielder].”
All you can do is try and win Saturday.
For his part, at least publicly, Dixon isn’t belaboring the complete meltdown in Lubbock.
“It’s one loss. That’s what it is,” Dixon said. “You don’t get two losses for the margin. It’s one loss and we have to get a win on Saturday.
“We moved on pretty quick. There’s no need to hang on to it. We weren’t going to let that thing linger and move on. Certainly we’re on a bad stretch, but we’re all on to Saturday and trying to get back in the right direction.”
For TCU, K-State should be a welcomed sight. The Wildcats have lost six of their last seven, including a 64-59 loss to Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
TCU defeated K-State 59-57 in Manhattan, Kansas last month as part of a 3-0 start to Big 12 play. Of course, things have changed drastically in the weeks since for TCU.
The stretch this month has been particularly difficult with four games, including three on the road, in 10 days. That included at top-ranked Baylor, against No. 3 Kansas and at No. 24 Texas Tech.
Neither of these teams has had their A game recently.
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas State looks to extend TCU’s conference losing streak to six games. Kansas State’s last Big 12 win came against the Oklahoma Sooners 61-53 on Jan. 29. TCU lost 88-42 at Texas Tech on Monday.
PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Desmond Bane, Jaire Grayer and Edric Dennis Jr. have combined to score 44 percent of TCU’s points this season. For Kansas State, Cartier Diarra, Xavier Sneed and Makol Mawien have scored 54 percent of the team’s points this season, including 64 percent of all Wildcats points over their last five.
Get to know some potential future Frogs.
Landyn Watson – Hutto
Another prospect the Frogs offered very early on, Watson had a high interest early on before making his commitment to LSU. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has since re-opened his recruitment and TCU is actively recruiting him. Watson has a good relationship with Dan Sharp and the Frogs are trying to get him back up for a visit.
David Abiara – Mansfield Legacy
One of the faster rising defensive ends recently, Abiara has seen his stock rise in recent weeks. Abiara holds offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU and Alabama among others. TCU has not offered Abiara just yet, but Zarnell Fitch has been by his school and the Frogs’ obviously know about him. Abiara is ranked as the No. 20 strongside defensive end in the nation.