Analysis of 2012-2013 TCU Basketball Schedule

The Big 12 releases its 2013 conference basketball schedule. TCU will play 14 televised games in conference play. Eight will be televised on the Big 12 network, 5 on ESPNU, and one on ESPN2.

Saturday Jan. 5 Texas Tech* Fort Worth, Texas TBA

Wednesday Jan. 9 at Oklahoma State* Stillwater, Okla. 7 p.m. (B12N)

Saturday Jan. 12 at Baylor* Waco, Texas TBA

Wednesday Jan. 16 Kansas State* Fort Worth, Texas 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday Jan. 19 Iowa State* Fort Worth, Texas 12:30 p.m. (B12N)

Wednesday Jan. 23 at West Virginia* Morgantown, W.Va. 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday Jan. 26 Baylor* Fort Worth, Texas 3 p.m. (B12N)

Saturday Feb. 2 at Texas* Austin, Texas TBA

Wednesday Feb. 6 Kansas* Fort Worth, Texas 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday Feb. 9 West Virginia* Fort Worth, Texas 3 p.m. (B12N)

Monday Feb. 11 at Oklahoma* Norman, Okla. 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday Feb. 16 at Iowa State* Ames, Iowa 12:30 p.m. (B12N)

Tuesday Feb. 19 Texas* Fort Worth, Texas 7 p.m. (B12N)

Saturday Feb. 23 at Kansas* Lawrence, Kan. 3 p.m. (B12N)

Wednesday Feb. 27 Oklahoma State* Fort Worth, Texas 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday March 2 at Texas Tech* Lubbock, Texas 3 p.m. (B12N)

Tuesday March 5 at Kansas State* Manhattan, Kan. 7 p.m. (B12N)

Saturday March 9 Oklahoma * Norman, Okla. TBA

The Frogs are fortunate that the Big 12 gave them the easiest game it could to start the conference slate. The Frogs SHOULD beat Texas Tech, and hopefully, the entire team will get a monkey off their back by winning the first game and getting the first W out of the way.

The Frogs then travel to Oklahoma State and Baylor. The Pokes have a talented roster, but aren't quite in what I would deem the upper-echelon of the Big 12 this season. Maybe the Frogs can catch OSU looking ahead, since they have a game vs. Oklahoma next on their schedule.

TCU then plays two home games that they would love to win. A vs. Kansas State or Iowa State would do the Frogs wonders as they head into what is murderers row of their conference schedule. Iowa State lost its best player to the NBA draft and Kansas State lost their head coach, so both of those games are winnable for the Frogs especially if there is a loud DMC crowd there to cheer them on.

@West Virginia, Baylor, @Texas, Kansas, West Virginia is easily the toughest stretch for the Frogs on their schedule. Perhaps the Frogs can steal one of those games. The Frogs will play on ESPN2 when they travel to Morgantown, West Virginia. There should be large DMC crowds at the Kansas and West Virginia games. Kansas will have one of the top ranked teams nationally, and here me Frog fans, don't miss the West Virginia game. WVU coach Bob Huggins is one of the most entertaining coaches in college basketball.

The Frogs will then play back to back road games at Oklahoma and at Iowa State. Lon Kruger has his Oklahoma team improving, but they are not on the same level as Kansas, Texas, or West Virginia yet. The Frogs would love to get a road win either in Iowa or at OU. Amric Fields will have his homecoming at Oklahoma. OU fans are probably wondering how they let the OU native Amric Fields get away.

February 19th marks an exciting day for Frog fans as Texas comes into the DMC. I can't think of a game most Frog fans would rather win than that one. After the Texas home game, TCU will travel to Phogg Allen Fieldhouse, home of the Kansas Jayhawks and one of college basketball's best environments. If you have never seen a college bball game at Kansas, is a sight to see.

To round out the month of February, TCU will host Oklahoma State in a game that TCU needs to win. They will be coming off two tough games, and the Cowboys match up well for the Frogs. To begin March, TCU goes to Texas Tech and to Kansas State. Ideally the Frogs will win atleast one of those games, and the Frogs will finish the season at home vs. Oklahoma. The Frogs are going to have to play well at home this season if they want to have any hope of putting together a respectable conference record, and it is going to take some gutsy efforts to beat the likes of Oklahoma, Iowa State, Kansas State or even Texas at home. But remember last year how the DMC was hell on some top ranked teams like New Mexico and UNLV.

It is tough to know what to expect from this basketball team, but it will be a challenging year at times especially through the brutal 5 game stretch in the middle of conference play. But then again, Trent Johnson has yet to coach a game for the Frogs, and it is unknown how much magic he may have in his hat this season.

One thing is for sure, top teams will come through the DMC this season, and either their fans will fill the DMC, or TCU fans will fill it.

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