The TCU Horned Frogs! Slingin' Sammy Baugh...Bob Lilly....Andy Dalton.....His Majesty Dutch Meyer.....The Most Successful BCS Buster...The Rose Bowl....More BCS Appearances than Baylor (ok, I had to throw that last one in)...regular 10 win seasons and bowl games. TCU has become synonymous with football.
Then there's Basketball and TCU. What that has been synonymous with over the last few years has involved antacids and other medications, therapy and hell freezing over so badly that even Dutch Meyer almost - almost - gave up. But he was upset. Really!
Coach Trent MF JohnsonFirst, TCU lost to Harvard in basketball last month - everyone remembers that the Horned Frogs have a Basketball team as well as teams in those other sports as well, right? While TCU losing in hoops is not exactly news, it was this time, partly because of where they lost that made the news. They lost to Harvard in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout, which has featured a cornucopia of college basketball bigshots in the past including Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Michigan State. And now, TCU. In the championship game. Losing, granted, but there.
Now, TCU prepares to delve into Big 12 play for the second season. They, just like powerhouse Kansas (OK, we can all be sure that we are talking basketball and not football now) TCU is 0-0 in Conference play. However, the Frogs are also 8-3 in non-conference play. That's right sports fans - they are .727, which is not that far off of Coach Patterson's all time win percentage. TCU is - dare I say it - a player in basketball. Or perhaps they are at least on the road to being one. You heard it here first - TCU is back in basketball, just as they will be in baseball this Spring and football next Fall when we beat, well, everybody. At least we can hope about that last part, but with TCU and the TCU ethic and class, it is always possible. Anyone who wants to argue about it can discuss it with our multi-national championship rifle team.
Remember, they don't miss.
OK, all of this may not mean an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament just yet, but the Horned Frogs under second year head coach Trent Johnson have turned an impressive corner that began when they pulled a Kansas on, of all teams, Kansas and made national news with an upset first conference win that made the lead story on Sportscenter. Kansas finally beat West Virginia for another shocking in-conference win (at least in a long, long time) in football, remember? Our upset was far cooler. "This is Sportscenter and lets go to TCU where...". "Wait...Is that cue card right? TCU....Not Football.... Hmmm......Basketba...that's not very damn funny...REALLY!?!"
And to add to the irony, every realizes that Coach Johnson played at Boise State, right? Sit a minute and let the cosmic wonderment of that little piece of ironic, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction reality wash over you. At 8-3 Coach Johnson's guys have almost won as many games in pre-conference play as they won all flipping year last year!
What ever happens for the rest of the season in Big 12 play, TCU can be assured of one thing. The men's basketball team is back, and yelling riff ram, bah zoo to anyone who can hear it.
The Horned Frogs conclude their non-conference schedule Saturday afternoon, December 29 at 1:00 pm at Daniel-Meyer and open conference play against the bootleggers...err, that's to say the Mountaineers of West Virginia at 3:00pm January 4th at Daniel-Meyer as well.
NCAA Tournament here we come! Or at least a much better season than last year!