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TCU News: “The real season starts now”

Men’s Basketball heads to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks on Saturday to open Big 12 play

Men’s Basketball

Jayhawks to meet with familiar face, Ernest Udeh Jr., against TCU | Through The Phog
Although Kansas basketball made a living in the transfer portal this past offseason, the program also lost a number of players, including highly promising center Ernest Udeh Jr. When the Jayhawks open conference play in historic Allen Fieldhouse tomorrow, he will be on the other side of the court.

No. 2 Kansas faces familiar foe in TCU to tip off Big 12 slate | Yardbarker
TCU (11-2) also has had a productive non-conference season. The Horned Frogs are solid on both ends of the court, tied for the eighth-best point differential (19.3 points per game) in the nation. Their 85.8 ppg scoring average ranks 14th.

They have four starters averaging in double figures in scoring, led by Emanuel Miller at 16.0 ppg. He's joined by Micah Peavy (11.4), JaKobe Coles (11.4) and Jameer Nelson Jr. (11.1).

"Obviously we've got a big one coming up to start conference play. We've got to be able to put 40 minutes together," (Coach Jamie Dixon said)

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Ernest Udeh Jr., more before TCU | Topeka Capital-Journal
“I think the biggest thing would be, like, the real season starts now,” Furphy said about what he’s been told. “Like, kind of forget about the last 12, 13 games. The real season starts now. It’s going to be a big jump in intensity and this is where everyone’s — the real game by game really matters.”

Self said there could be a discussion about if the Big 12 is known for how fast, physical or old it is. But as much as anything, it’s about how difficult each game can be. “It’s a rock fight every time you play somebody,” Self said.

KU coach Bill Self recalls last year’s blowout loss to TCU: ‘It was a beatdown’ | Kansas City Star
“We know what they came in and did here last year. We have to have a chip on our shoulder and play hard,” McCullar added of Saturday’s home rematch versus the Horned Frogs.

“It was a beatdown,” Self said Thursday, reflecting on the second-worst home loss he’s had at KU. “They dominated us on the glass, dominated us defensively. Offensively they dominated us and they shot the heck out of the ball. They were ranked 14th in the country (and KU No. 2). They had a really talented group last year. TCU’s team is different. A lot of the same faces though, but no (Damion) Baugh, no (Mike) Miles.

Four things to know about TCU’s next opponent, No. 2 Kansas | Fort Worth Star Telegram
There’s no easing into conference play for TCU as the Horned Frogs’ men’s basketball team begins Big 12 play on the road at No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.

It’s one of three straight games against opponents ranked No. 11 or higher. The Jayhawks (12-1) have shown all the makings of being a Final Four caliber team with wins over Kentucky, Tennessee and UConn during the non-conference portion of their schedule.

Women’s Basketball

Frog Leg Dinner? Ladies Pummel TCU in First Game at Foster | Our Daily Bears
After offensive troubles in the first half, the Ladies Bears stole the lead and never looked back in this amazing 3-point shooting game.

First Half Lead Slips Away for Horned Frogs in Loss at No. 6 Baylor | TCU Athletics
TCU took a four-point edge into the locker room and led 32-25 two-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter. The Bears (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) then scored 31 of the contest's next 35 points to go on top by 20 at 56-36 with 6:50 remaining. TCU went more than nine minutes without a field goal and was outscored 49-24 in the second half.

Oklahoma State vs. TCU (Jan 6, 2024) Pregame | ESPN
The TCU Horned Frogs (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) host the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (8-5, 1-1 Big 12) after winning 12 home games in a row. The contest starts at 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 6, 2024.

Sedona Prince totaled a team-high 20 points in TCU's most recent game against Baylor on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in a 71-50 loss.

Anna Gret Asi helped lead Oklahoma State to a 68-61 victory against UCF on Wednesday, scoring 16 points in the matchup.

Baseball

TCU 2-Way Star Payton Tolle Joins The Schoch Factor Podcast | D1Baseball
On this episode of The Schoch Factor Podcast, Stephen Schoch is joined by TCU two-way star Payton Tolle. This episode covers topics ranging from the combined pressures of hitting and pitching, to estimating how many McNuggets Payton could eat (we think it’s a lot). We also look back at the Tolle family’s ties to Wichita State and hear about some of Payton’s favorite memories from his time as a Shocker.

Moving along, we get into talking about his process of finding his new home down in Fort Worth with the TCU Horned Frogs. He gives us a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a TCU baseball player in the fall and what coach Kirk Saarloos is like when they aren’t around college baseball. He also gives us behind-the-scenes insight into the rewards of being a winner of the TCU Fall World Series, which includes having a caddy from the losing team as you play a round of golf with some awesome TCU baseball alums!