TCU HC Jamie Dixon talks Fresno State

No. 4 seeded TCU (19-15) opens the National Invitation Tournament with a first-round game against No. 5 seed Fresno State (20-12).

TCU MEDIA RELATIONS: 

FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 4 seeded TCU (19-15) opens the National Invitation Tournament with a first-round game against No. 5 seed Fresno State (20-12) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena.

 

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Jim Barbar (Play-By-Play) and Mike O’Donnell (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio.

 

The winner of the game will advance to the second round to play the winner of No. 1 seed Iowa (18-14) and No. 8 seed South Dakota (22-11).

 

THE OPPONENT

Fresno State finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference and has won six of its last seven games. Two of the Bulldogs’ 11 conference wins have come against conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant Nevada. Two Fresno State newcomers Jaron Hopkins and Deshon Taylor, earned postseason honors from the Mountain West. Taylor was selected third team all-conference and is averaging 12.4 points per game while Hopkins was selected to the all-defensive team and is averaging a team-best 13.2 points.

 

THE SERIES

The all-time series between TCU and Fresno State is tied 4-4. Fresno State recognizes the all-time series as TCU leading 4-2 after having to vacate wins in 2000 and 2001. It is the first meeting since a 102-88 TCU win on Feb. 15, 2001 when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. TCU leads the all-time series, 2-1, in game played in Fort Worth.

 

TCU IN THE NIT

It is TCU’s seventh appearance in the NIT and the first since 2005. In 2005, TCU advanced past the first two rounds before falling at Maryland in the quarterfinals. The Frogs last hosted the NIT in 1999 when it defeated Nebraska in the second round before falling to Oregon in Fort Worth in the quarterfinals. Overall, it’s the 15th postseason appearance for the program and the first since the 2012 College Basketball Invitational.

 

JAMIE DIXON IN POSTSEASON PLAY

Jamie Dixon has qualified for a postseason tournament in all 14 years he has been a head coach. The only other time Dixon has been to the NIT came in 2015, a first-round loss to George Washington (60-54).  Dixon is 17-13 all-time in postseason play. His only postseason title came in 2012, when Pitt won the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).  

 

FIRST SINCE

• TCU was over .500 in conference play through 11 games for the first time since the 2004-05 season, also at 6-5.

• TCU’s six conference wins are its most ever in the Big 12. TCU is in its fifth season in the league.

• TCU’s win at Texas was its first in Austin in 30 years, which was Jamie Dixon’s senior year.

• TCU swept the season series over Texas for the first time in 30 years.

• TCU’s win over Iowa State was its first in 20 years.

• TCU’s win at Kansas State was its first win in Manhattan in 18 years.

• TCU won three-straight conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when it was in the Mountain West.

• TCU advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship for the first time in school history.

• TCU defeated an AP Top 25 team for the first time in school history when it beat No. 1 Kansas on March 9.

• TCU had a representative on the All-Big 12 team for the first time since 2015.

 

CROAK NOTES

• At 19 wins, TCU has its most victories in a season since going 21-14 in 2004-05, its last 20-win season.

• Vladimir Brodziansky (Second Team and All-Defensive), Jaylen Fisher (Honorable Mention), Alex Robinson (All-Newcomer) and Kenrich Williams (Honorable Mention) all earned postseason honors from the Big 12 Conference.

• Brodziansky was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the AP.

• TCU finished eighth in the Big 12, the highest in its five seasons in the league. TCU was picked 10th in the preseason poll.

• At 13-6, it’s TCU’s most wins at home since a 14-3 home record during the 2011-12 season

• Jamie Dixon has won the most games of any TCU head coach in his first year with the program.

• In its five seasons in the Big 12, TCU has three road conference wins, two of those wins coming this season.

• Jamie Dixon has coached as many conference wins (6) as TCU had in the last three years combined.

• TCU’s NCAA RPI is 67 and strength of schedule is 29.

• TCU is making its first postseason appearance since the 2012 CBI. TCU last played in the NIT in 2005.

• TCU is 18-5 when outrebounding its opponent.

• TCU is 8-2 when shooting over 50 percent from the field.

• TCU is 16-2 when leading at halftime (Baylor, WVU).

• TCU is 11-4 when forcing more turnovers than it commits.

• TCU’s 73.9 points per game is the highest average since the 2002-03 season (80.4).

• TCU is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, the most since the 1998-99 season (49.1).

• TCU’s 16.6 assists per game is the most since the 2000-01 season (18.9).

• TCU’s 35.5 rebounds per game is the most since the 2002-03 season (38.9).

• TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 18 in the NCAA in assists (16.6).

• Kenrich Williams ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 37 in the NCAA with 9.3 rebounds per game.

• Williams ranks No. 23 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.3 average on the season. 

• Williams ranks first in the conference with 14 double-doubles this season.

• Williams is 10 rebounds shy of cracking the top 10 for most boards in a season at TCU (Gary Turner, 309).

• Jaylen Fisher leads the Big 12 freshmen in assists per game at 4.1. 

• Brandon Parrish is TCU’s all-time leader in games played.

• Alex Robinson has led TCU in assists 26 times this season and has had at least four assists in all but five games this season.

• Robinson ranks fifth for the most assists in a season at TCU with 190.

• Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 25th nationally with 2.3 blocks per game.

• Brodziansky’s 77 total blocks ranks as the second most in school history for a single season.


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