Jimmer Fredette and his legion of blonde-haired, blue-eyed zombie BYU fans have already sold out the Cougars' February 19th game against TCU in the un-sellout-able Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, which will be another clear illustration of just how far the Frogs' basketball program has fallen.
With football now over and baseball still a few weeks away, college basketball is where it's currently at. Unfortunately, as we've documented extensively on this blog, TCU is...not good at it. But, as was the case last year (and the year before, and the year before, etc...), the Frogs still stand to make some money when their conference brethren (bot current and future) advance in the postseason.
The Mountain West is, according to ESPN's bracketology, currently a three-bid league. I'm not sure how the NCAA Tournament money will be distributed amongst the array of teams coming and going from the conference, but you'd have to think TCU will get at least a small taste. BYU and San Diego State are currently projected as 2-seeds, with UNLV a 7-seed and both New Mexico and Colorado State among the eight teams just on the outside looking in.
Over in the Big East, who will be sending NCAA checks to TCU yearly starting in 2012, they currently have a staggering ELEVEN teams projected to make the Big Dance. That's Pitt as a 1, Notre Dame as a 2, Villanova, Georgetown and UConn as 3s, Louisville and Syracuse as 4s, West Virginia as a 6, Marquette as an 8, Cincinnati as a 9 and St. John's as a 10. I'm no mathmetician (nor am I sure I spelled that correctly), but I'd have to say the chances of a Big East team reaching the Final 4 in Houston are pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.