Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sir Wesley Lied. The Streak Continues.

Yesterday, Sir Wesley Willis claimed that TCU's losing streak would end in Laramie today when the two cellar-dwelling teams in the Mountain West faced off against eachother. If you didn't already know it, now you do- Sir Wesley is a dirty liar: TCU dropped their 8th straight game, 77-67, against Wyoming this afternoon.

All kidding aside, being a TCU basketball fan right now (and for a number of years, if we're being honest) feels a bit like being Randy Quaid in Major League. The eight straight losses are part of a stretch in which the Frogs have lost twelve of thirteen dating back to December 30th. Of those twelve losses, eight of them have been by ten or more points.

You could chalk a lot of this up to the dismissal of two of the team's best players, but isn't there something to be said for eliminating those distractions? The Frogs were able to hang with the #6 team in the country on the road a week ago, so it's confusing that they'd turn around and lose by ten to a team that they beat by 18 to earn their only victory of 2011 back on January 12th.

With home games looming against an NCAA bubble team (CSU) and a potential National Player of the Year winner (BYU's Jimmer Fredette), this streak doesn't look like it'll be ending any time soon. The only question is whether or not this team, at 10-16 with five games remaining, can the basketball team reach the football team's win total for the year?

Alumni Game Today @ 1:00pm

It should come as no surprise that, a week before the TCU baseball team begins their 2011 season, the Frogs were picked to win the conference again in the official MWC Preseason Poll yesterday. After all, they return all three pitchers from their weekend rotation and a solid chunk of the batting lineup that helped them reach Omaha for the first time last year.

Before Kansas gets to town for next Friday's season opener, though, the Frogs will take on their predecessors in the annual Alumni Game, slated for 1:00pm this afternoon. Among the former players who'll try to hit against Matt Purke are Bryan Holaday, Matt Curry, Matt Carpenter, Royce Huffman and Keith Conlon.

Also, since most of you are like me and don't get the soon-to-be-obsolete Mtn, here are interviews with Purke and Jim Schlossnagle with that network's Bill Doleman: