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TCU News: “I thought Hunter sold it well, because if he didn’t, they wouldn’t have stopped it,”

Bill Self & the Jayhawks know they got away with one thanks to the flopping skills of star Center

Men’s Basketball

Big 12 Basketball: Top Five Takeaways (Jan. 6 2024) | Heartland College Sports

I’ve watched about three different angles of this, some clearer than others. I don’t think that’s a flagrant foul. But it’s important to know the definition of a flagrant one, which is what TCU’s Ernest Udeh Jr. was called for with a minute left and TCU up two points.

Here’s the definition, per the NCAA: “A flagrant 1 foul is two shots and the ball and that means excessive in nature or unnecessary or avoidable, uncalled for or not required by the circumstances of the play.”

Now watch it again and apply the definition. Was that excessive or unnecessary? I don’t think so (we can quibble about unnecessary, but this is basketball and contact is going to happen). Was it avoidable? Frankly, no. Was it uncalled for not required? Well, I would contend that any contact to anyone’s face is uncalled for and not required.

Questionable flagrant foul call leads to KU win over TCU | KSNW Wichita

As Udeh came down with the ball, his right hand hit KU center Hunter Dickinson in the mouth.

The foul looked to be incidental contact but was ruled otherwise. A flagrant personal foul is defined as “illegal physical contact so extreme or deliberate that it places an opponent in danger of catastrophic injury.”

Udeh Jr. was called for a Flagrant I personal foul that led to two free throws for Dickinson, which he made, and Dickinson went on to hit the game-winning layup with 3.4 seconds left to seal the win.

Questionable late-game call propels Jayhawks to victory over TCU | Through The Phog

TCU led 79-77 with 57 seconds to go, but the 6-point turnaround completely altered the outcome of the game. Dickinson would later sink a game-winning layup with three seconds left to help Kansas escape with a win. In addition to the go-ahead bucket, Dickinson led the game with 30 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 13-of-20 from the field in a dominant offensive effort.

Was TCU robbed against No. 2 Kansas? A look at the controversial ending. | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

According to the NCAA website, a flagrant foul one is a foul deemed “excessive in nature or unnecessary or avoidable, uncalled for or not required by the circumstances of the play.”

Kansas coach Bill Self said he believed the call was correct and an easy one, with a small caveat.

“I thought Hunter sold it well, because if he didn’t (sell) it, they wouldn’t have stopped it,” Self said.

3 takeaways from TCU-Kansas: Horned Frogs’ depth, defense stand out even in defeat | Dallas Morning News

One of TCU’s most important players, forward JaKobe Coles, missed this game due to a foot injury. Even with him being out, the Frogs showed tremendous depth, with four different players scoring in double figures. Trevian Tennyson led the way, scoring 24 points on six of eight from three-point range. Having depth is one of the key components for teams that want to make it far in March. Against an opponent like Kansas, the lights did not seem too bright for the Horned Frogs.

Women’s Basketball

Cowgirls Upset No. 23 TCU in Fort Worth | Pistols Firing

The Cowgirls rode out of Fort Worth with an upset victory.

Oklahoma State upended No. 23 TCU 67-59 on Saturday in Fort Worth to get above .500 in Big 12 play at 2-1. The Cowgirls are 2-0 in 2024 after winning back-to-back road games to UCF and TCU. OSU improved to 9-5 this season.

The Cowgirls used an 8-0 quick start to give TCU its first halftime deficit of the season, 39-25. The Horned Frogs did get within four to start the fourth quarter, but OSU put together a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 11 and put the game away.

TCU center Sedona Prince out with a hand injury. She averages 21.2 points and 10.6 rebounds a game | The Washington Post

TCU center Sedona Prince missed Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State with a hand injury that will apparently keep her out multiple games.

In a release before the game, TCU said Prince got hurt in the 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs’ loss at sixth-ranked Baylor on Wednesday, which was their first loss of the season. The school offered no other specific details, and said only that Prince is expected to return before the end of the season.

Pro Frogs

Fearnley, Rybakov Sweep M25 Esch/Alzette Championships | TCU Athletics

TCU made its first splash on the professional circuit just seven days into the 2024 season.

Three-time All-Americans Jake Fearnley and Alex Rybakov teamed up in Luxembourg to win the M25 Esch/Alzette doubles championship on Saturday. Fearnley, a rising fifth-year senior, punctuated a TCU tournament sweep on Sunday, claiming the singles championship.

Saints rookie RB Kendre Miller shines in return, leads rushing attack in win over Falcons | nola.com

It was Miller Time in Caesars Superdome on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints rookie running back Kendre Miller hadn’t played in a football game since Nov. 5 against the Chicago Bears.

So there may not have been a person in the Dome happier than the Saints' third round draft pick from TCU.

“Finally,” Miller said. “That’s all I can say. … I hadn’t got tackled in so long. It felt good to get the feel of it at first and to get in that rhythm. I knew the team needed me and we needed this win.”