Thursday, March 18, 2010

Frogs vs. BYU, today through Saturday

While we all cheer for the BYU basketball team in the NCAA tournament today (and hopefully Saturday), you can still get your fix of Mormon-bashing as the BYU baseball Cougars travel to Fort Worth for a three-game set with the 4th-ranked Frogs starting this evening (It's also acceptable to be a decent person and NOT heckle them about their religion, FYI).

Tonight's game, which will pit TCU junior Steven Maxwell (3-0, 3.15) against BYU's Justin Shutt (1-2, 8.15) at 6:30pm, is the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams, and represents the first chance for the Frogs to step toward a 5th consecutive MWC regular-season title. If you're into trivial milestones, it'll also be BYU coach Vance Law's 600th game at the school.

Freshman phenom Matt Purke (2-0, 3.74) will start for the Frogs tomorrow evening and sophomore Kyle Winkler (3-0, 2.11) takes the hill Saturday afternoon.

The past two weekend series, against Sam Houston State back in February and Texas Tech last year, have both broken the weekend attendance record. Over 10,000 fans passed through the gates at Lupton last weekend to see the Frogs sweep the Red Raiders, and with an average of just over 3,000 fans a game, TCU is 14th in the nation in attendance.

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Completely not TCU related but for those of you needing to pass time before the tournament starts, Joslyn James has released new sexts from Tiger.

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Put on your MWC hat

While the thought of cheering for BYU makes me feel a bit sick to my stomach, I'll be waving the MWC flag as the Cougars begin their NCAA Tournament journey this morning in Oklahoma City because a win for BYU is a win for the Frogs. As was detailed in the article from the San Diego Union-Tribune in this morning's dump, every win by one of the MWC teams in the tournament this year will be worth over a million bucks to the conference over the next five years (approximately $222,000 per game, per year for five years). Just like bowl pay-outs benefit every team in the conference, so do tournament appearances. Except in the case of basketball, the pay out gets bigger and bigger the deeper the team goes.

All four teams are in action today:

(7) BYU vs. (10) Florida: 11:20am, Oklahoma City

(8) UNLV vs. (9) Northern Iowa: 6:10pm, Oklahoma City

(3) New Mexico vs. (14) Montana: 8:40pm, San Jose, CA

(11) San Diego State vs. (6) Tennessee: 8:45pm, Providence, RI

Morning Dump

TCU baseball streaking into Mountain West Conference play Examiner

UD women steady their nerves heading into 1st NCAA tourney Dayton Daily News

MWC may cash in with 4 teams
San Diego Union-Tribune