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Historic Day for TCU Basketball

March 30, 2017

Today is March 30, and I wake up in Manhattan on a historic day for TCU Basketball. It’s also the latest date that TCU Basketball has ever played a game. Heck, the Masters is next week!!

Enrich Williams, TCU NIT
Junior guard Kenrich Williams leaps over UCF’s 7-6 center Tacko Fall in the Frogs’ 68-53 win in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s NIT Championship final vs. Georgia Tech is the last game in a “Season of Firsts” under new head coach Jamie Dixon.

Jamie Dixon NIT
Jamie Dixon’s 2016-17 Horned Frog basketball team is competing for a NIT championship.

Consider these tidbits, submitted for your perusal:

  • TCU has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since its 21 wins in the 2004-05 season.
  • TCU won a postseason game for the first time since 2012 and obtained its first NIT win and postseason road win since 2005.
  • TCU defeated an AP No. 1 team for the first time in school history when the Frogs beat No. 1 Kansas on March 9.
  • TCU advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship for the first time in school history.
  • TCU had a representative on the All-Big 12 team for the first time since 2015.
  • TCU won three consecutive conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when it was in the Mountain West.
  • TCU’s win over Iowa State was its first in 20 years.
  • TCU’s win at Kansas State was its first win in Manhattan in 18 years.
  • TCU won at Texas for the first time in 30 years, back when Jamie Dixon was a senior.
  • TCU swept the season series over Texas for the first time in 30 years.
  • TCU’s six conference wins are its most since joining the Big 12. TCU is in its fifth season in the league.

TCU NIT, Alex Robinson
TCU guard Alex Robinson maneuvers around UCF’s Tacko Fall.

And tonight the Frogs can win a post-season tournament for the first time in school history … Not to mention ending a season with a win for the first time in the “tournament era” (45 years).

Brian Estridge and I will be there for Game No. 39, just as we have been all year. It’s been quite a ride. You can find us on KTCU and on ESPN 103.3 FM at 6:30 CT.

Kick ‘Em High!

Desmond Bane, TCU NIT semifinals
TCU freshman Desmond Bane blocks a UCF shot in the second half of the Horned Frogs’ NIT semifinal victory.

Your comments are welcome

1 Comment

  1. And Williams recorded the first ever triple double for TCU. Sad the season is ending tonight but excited for the future in all three major men’s sports at the same time during a single year. Nice to not have an off season anymore. We are blessed at TCU Go Frogs!

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