Thursday, January 21, 2010

Season at a Crossroads

It's pretty much do or die time for the basketball team. At 10-9 after last night's expected win over hapless UT-Pan American, now is the time for them to show they can compete for a post-season appearance. Now, don't go thinking that I'm getting too far ahead of myself and am insinuating that this is a Tournament team...but I certainly believe they could compete for a berth in the NIT (or even the lesser-known CBI) if they close out the season on a positive note.

UNLV comes to Fort Worth Saturday night with a 15-4 record- including wins over Louisville and Arizona- and an RPI ranking of 41, which is far higher than any team TCU has defeated this year (the Frogs rank 161st themselves). But in last weekend's 67-62 loss at San Diego State, the Frogs outperformed the Aztecs (who have an RPI of 37) in nearly every facet of the game- they out-shot, out-rebounded and out-assistesededed SDSU. It seems like a game they ought to have won, but that is just an illustration of how hard it is to win on the road in this conference. Perhaps they earn some redemption playing a comparatively-ranked team at home this weekend?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this year's Frog hoops squad is just another in the alarmingly-long line of disappointing teams. I'm not convinced of that, but even if they are, almost all of those past teams have had at least one big conference upset in them. With all of the fan support that was generated during football season, can't we get a decent-sized, vocal crowd in Daniel-Meyer for the basketball team at least once? Who knows, maybe this is the game that turns the tide for this program.

Top 10 Programs of Decade

Hopefully coaches will take this article with them on recruiting trips. Who would have ever thought in the mid 90's that we would become one of the best teams in the nation for years to come? Congrats Patterson on bringing such a storied program back to stardom!! Let's look forward to another tremendous decade of Frog Football.

Morning Dump

Frogs' Moss rediscovers his shooting touch in victory Star-Telegram

Washington named to All-Bowl team

Frogs post 70-58 non-conference victory over UTPA

Non-AQ coaches of the decade ESPN

Frogzilla on the cover of DCTF Winter Edition

The good folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football released the image of the 2010 Winter Edition cover this morning, and looky there- I think we know one of those guys! And since we know that magazines often consider what impact their choice for the cover will have on sales, TCU fans ought to buy this collectable up to show the folks at DCTF that having a Frog on the cover is actually profitable.