Thursday, May 26, 2011

TCU vs. BYU @ 5:00pm



Take these guys with you on your afternoon commute by listening to KTCU

San Diego State, coached by Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, was unceremoniously dismissed from the MWC Tournament they are hosting this afternoon when BYU beat them 8-2. The Cougars don't have time to rest, though, as they'll have to turn around and fight for their season to continue against TCU in about 40 minutes.

To help you keep up with the goings-on at the double-elimnation tournament, here is the master schedule as well as the bracket. You can check on the status of the entire tournament on twitter by following @TheMWCOlySports, or just the TCU games by following @FollowtheFrogs or @TCU_Baseball. All of the games are being televised live on both The Mtn and CBS-College Sports, and all of the TCU games are on KTCU.

If you're wondering "why is he repeating all of that information?", it's because you wouldn't believe how many people have asked since I posted it earlier today...and yesterday...and before just about every game this season...



Can Kurt Thomas buy the Mavs some rest?

First of all, I want to apologize to the non-Mavericks fans amongst the readers and contributors of Spit Blood. Everywhere you look or listen in the Metroplex right now, it's Mavs this & Mavs that- and having grown up in Austin, I know how annoying it can be to hear way too much about a team you don't care about. I fully understand that those of you looking for a respite from the hoopla surrounding Dallas' return to the NBA Finals should be able to count on a TCU blog for that.

But even if you're not hoping for the two extra days of rest for Jason Kidd's knees that a Bulls' win in Game 5 tonight would provide as much as I am, surely you will be cheering for the last remaining Horned Frog in the NBA (and let's face it- with a possible lockout looming, Thomas turning 39 in October and the current state of Frog hoops- tonight could be the last NBA game played by a TCU alum for quite a while) against the Miami Idiocracy...I mean Heat.

Thomas hasn't played yet in the Bulls' series against Miami, but that will change tonight as he's set to take over the minutes of Omar Asik, who's out with a broken leg. Chicago head coach (and former Boston assistant) Tom Thibodeau hopes that Thomas can take over the role that PJ Brown played in the Celtics' seven-game defeat of the Lebron-led Cavaliers in the 2008 playoffs. And he's done it before, when he filled in for the injured Andrew Bogut and helped Milwaukee push Atlanta to seven games in the first round last year.



Frogs to take on BYU or SDSU at 5:00pm

In a season riddled with bumps in the road, we couldn't really expect a smooth ride all the way to Omaha, could we? Maybe not, but I don't think many of us expected the Frogs to lose their opening game in San Diego to the lowest seed in the MWC Tournament. I'm generally in a pretty grumpy mood after a defeat, so I'll let David Peterson of hornedfrogsports.com have the honors of dissecting last night's 4-3 loss to New Mexico.

TCU has won the MWC Tournament after having lost a game in it before, in 2008, but that loss came a round later than this one. The Frogs will now need to win 4 consecutive games- in 3 days- to claim the trophy. That's a tall task, one that the 2009 team was not up to after dropping their first game in that year's tournament (in Fort Worth) to Utah. They were able to win their first game in the loser's bracket, but succumbed in the next game, again to the Utes- who ended up winning the tournament to stamp their ticket to the NCAAs. It should be noted, though, that not winning the conference tournament that year did not keep TCU from hosting an NCAA Regional.

First up in the long road back to the conference tournament title is taking on either BYU or San Diego State this afternoon at 5:00pm Fort Worth time. The Cougars and Aztecs play in an elimination game this afternoon at 1:00pm. Freshman Andrew Mitchell will be on the mound for TCU, and will be counted on to eat up as many innings as he can given the possibility that the team could be playing 36 innings (or even more if a game goes to extras) in the next 72 hours.

To keep your head straight in the confusion that a double-elimination format can sometimes create, here are links to the full tournament schedule as well as the bracket. The schedule link ought to contain a link to the gametracker and/or live audio of the BYU-SDSU game at 1:00pm, but you can also keep tabs with the action on twitter by following @TheMWCOlySports. The TCU game at 5:00pm can be heard on 88.7 FM if you're in or near Fort Worth, or online at ktcu.net. All of these games are being televised live on The Mtn and CBS-College Sports, for those of you who are at home.

Morning Dump

Baseball:

Frogs in do-or-die mode after tournament-opening loss Star-Telegram

Errors prove costly in 4-3 loss to New Mexico gofrogs.com


Football:

TCU football among national leaders in Academic Progress Rate gofrogs.com


Athletic Department:

Notes on a scorecard gofrogs.com


Big East:

Army, Navy might hold key to Big East football expansion CBS Sports

For Big East, where is this all leading? Boston Globe

College football divide might be coming, but which leagues will conquer? CBS Sports

The Big East must expand or die WRTA-AM Altoona, PA