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TCU News: “it only takes one team to fall in love with a player to make them a first-round player.

Ross Blacklock showed out in Indy, surprising no one in Fort Worth.

Links O' War
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Danny Mourning

Basketball:

Azubuike’s ankle ‘swelled a lot’ overnight, KU’s Self says. He’s questionable for TCU | The Kansas City Star

So you’re saying there’s a chance...

Kansas senior center Udoka Azubuike has a sprained right ankle and is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s Senior Night game against TCU, coach Bill Self said at Sunday’s clinic for Special Olympians in Allen Fieldhouse.

According to Self, the 7-footer from Delta Nigeria “turned his ankle” with 15:45 left in the first half of Saturday’s 62-58 victory over Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

He returned after a five-minute stay in the locker room for evaluation to score six points with nine rebounds and no blocks in 20 minutes.

Bane Has Late Push for TCU in Upset Win Over No. 2 Baylor | Sports Illustrated

We can definitely keep talking about this game.

Bane made a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left that put the Horned Frogs (16-13, 7-9 Big 12) ahead to stay. After blocking a shot by Jared Butler, Bane then made a turnaround jumper before adding another 3 to make it 63-55 with just over three minutes left. That was part of a bigger 18-1 spurt that Bane had started with another 3-pointer.

Baylor (25-3, 14-2) lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. The Bears were the nation’s No. 1 team when they lost a week ago to now-No.1 Kansas (26-3, 15-1), which is a game ahead of them in the league standings after beating Kansas State on Saturday.

This was only the third Big 12 game this season when Baylor, which is still in contention for its first Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, trailed in the second half.

PJ Fuller added 21 points for the Horned Frogs, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Football:

Which TCU player helped his NFL Draft stock the most at the combine? | The Star-Telegram

Blacklock and Gladney definitely improved their stock last week.

Blacklock checked in at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, lighter than his playing weight but delivered in the 40-yard dash. He played mostly nose tackle in his time at TCU, although Blacklock is versatile enough to play the three-technique as an interior pass rusher at the next level.

At the end of the day, Blacklock may become TCU’s highest-drafted player next month. He, receiver Jalen Reagor and cornerback Jeff Gladney all have first-round potential.

As the saying goes, it only takes one team to fall in love with a player to make them a first-round player.

Around Campus:

TCU professor overcomes injury, wind and warm temps to win first Cowtown Marathon | The Star-Telegram

This is awesome! Way to cap off an incredible weekend for TCU Athletics. Also want to shout out two of our friends, Colin Post and Drew Davison, who both completed the half marathon Sunday!

He did more than just finish. Darda, an English professor at TCU, won Cowtown for the first time with a time of 2:31. He finished second a year ago with a slightly better time.

But gusty winds and warm temperatures — Sunday’s high was 75 degrees — made for a grind this year, especially in the last mile of the race.

“I felt pretty good up until the last mile. We turned the corner over by the Trinity River, where you make a hairpin turn, and all of sudden you get the full blast of wind in your face,” Darda said. “So that last mile was tough. But by that time I had a pretty good lead so I could hang in there.”