At 17-11, TCU’s NCAA tournament hopes look drastically different than they did a few weeks ago. A loss to No. 3 Kansas on Wednesday night didn’t exactly hurt their resume – losing to the No. 1 RPI team on the road never does. But, TCU is missing a signature win that would greatly help their chances.
With three games left in the regular season, first-year head coach Jamie Dixon needs one more win to hit 18 on the season – tying both Jim Christian and Trent Johnson’s best years. TCU hasn’t won more than 18 games dating back to the 2004-05 season.
“We’re not satisfied,” said Dixon. “I know our guys feel good about what we have done with the six wins in conference, but aren’t satisfied.”
Coming into the season, TCU had just eight Big 12 wins in four seasons. Former head coach Trent Johnson finished with a 50-79 record in those four years – including a 12-21 season last year.
No matter what happens down the stretch, TCU looks to be in a prime position to play some postseason basketball. If not in the NCAA tournament, the NIT should come calling. The Frogs have not played in the NIT since 2005. Their last postseason invitation was to the CBI in 2012.
Next up is No. 12 West Virginia on Saturday at home – another chance big opportunity for TCU.
In the video above, junior guard Kenrich Williams talks about avoiding the noise of NCAA tournament talk.