It did not look like anyone wanted to win last night... now there’s a lot of work to do in the offseason.
“Obviously this is not what I’m used to, but I knew this was a challenge coming here,” said Dixon, who is the Big 12’s second-highest paid coach at $3.6 million annually behind Texas Tech’s Chris Beard ($4.9 million) according to USA Today’s college basketball salary database.
“I mean, there was no question about it. We’ve got to get better. In a lot of ways we’ve improved it, but certainly not to where we want to get it to.”
K State was motivated — TCU was not.
“We have really built up to this point and gotten better, man,” K-State senior guard Mike McGuirl said. “We have got a lot of young talent on this team, a lot of really good young players. They have taken pride in learning and growing. This is really fun to be a part of.”
Things feel a lot different in the locker room than they did even a month ago. Now that the Wildcats have won four of their last five, punctuated by this blowout, they are suddenly playing with swagger.
That is most evident on the defensive end of the floor, where K-State held TCU to 50 points on 37% shooting. McGuirl was feeling so confident that he went for a rare block in the paint against TCU freshman Mike Miles during the second half and ended up with a Dikembe Mutombo style highlight.
This would be a hell of a duo.
Savion Williams – Every TCU fan knows Williams already as he appeared in seven games as a true freshman last season. However, the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder dealt with close contact due to COVID in fall camp and during the season which is why he missed some games. Sources around the program feel Williams is ready to emerge as the other outside receiver opposite of Quentin Johnston. Williams played “Z” receiver last year but will make the move to “X” in the spring. With a full spring camp to learn the position, Williams is ready to make an impact and it wouldn’t shock me if the Frogs have Williams and Johnston listed as the starting receivers at the end of spring camp.
AD makes the top eight... where does Tre land?
8. Ar’Darius Washington, TCU
The undersized safety contributed for two seasons at TCU. Playing as the boundary safety in the Horned Frogs defense, Washington is comfortable in deep halves and deep quarters. His closing speed is very impressive, as he possesses quick burst upon triggering. Carrying verticals is not an issue against most college wideouts. His lateral agility is great allowing him to stay in front of opponents in off and react quickly to two-way goes from the slot. Washington has flashes of absolute brilliance, triggering on routes and concepts from high zones. While his range is sufficient for half a field, he struggles to get sideline-to-sideline on the backend, preventing him from being a single high safety. His scrappy demeanor helps him to tackle opponents when he is carrying momentum. A lack of size causes him to get washed in the run game. This also limits his ability to disrupt receivers at the catch point, as he does not have the length required at times. Washington projects as a nickel or as a safety in a two-high scheme. He is a gifted athlete with occasional playmaking instincts who should at least be a good backup. His size could ultimately hinder him from becoming a starter. Value: 3rd/4th Round
The Frogs have several freshmen making waves early this season.
Elijah Nunez, OF, TCU
Nunez was one of the top prospects in high school just a year ago. Now, he’s showing one of the more mature approaches in the batter’s box that I’ve ever seen from a true freshman. Nunez has a smooth stroke and does a terrific job of finding holes, especially to his pull side. For the season, the advanced Nunez has a .563 OBP with 14 walks (seven strikeouts. So, impressive, yet he’s so young. He’s already a superstar and has a 1.048 OPS.