Big 12 releases TCU men’s basketball schedule

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TCU forward Emanuel Miller is guarded closely in the paint against Oklahoma State at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com)

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

The Big 12 Conference has revealed the TCU men’s basketball schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

The Frogs begin conference play at Schollmaier Arena on Dec. 31 against Texas Tech on ESPN2/U/Big 12 Now.

TCU will travel to Allen Fieldhouse to compete against the Kansas Jayhawks on Jan. 21 at 12:00 p.m. in a marquee matchup on CBS. Last season, the Frogs were able to steal a game against Kansas, despite the Jayhawks ending the year as the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 and winning the National Championship.

Teams will step out of conference play on Saturday, Jan. 28 for the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The double round-robin format will conclude on Saturday, March 4, with TCU visiting Oklahoma for a 2:00 p.m. matchup on Big 12 Now.

Shortly after, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be contested on March 8-11 in Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center.

With a roster full of returnees and a few additions, TCU is expected to improve on their 21-13 record and trip to the NCAA Tournament from last season.

As the No. 9 seed in the South Region, they defeated Seton Hall in the first round before losing to Arizona in the second round in an overtime thriller.

“We went in expecting to beat Arizona but some things didn’t go our way down the stretch,” said head coach Jamie Dixon on the College Hoops Today podcast. “I’ve been doing it a long time and the losses in March, we’ve never been blown out in March, but the close ones do stick with you. But we’ve taken it the right way.”

This is expected to be Jamie Dixon’s best team since becoming coach in 2016.

In a list of five dark horse teams that could reach the 2023 Final Four, College Hoops Today has the Frogs listed along with San Diego State, Indiana, Virginia, and Tennessee.

In the meantime, Dixon and the team are embracing the expectations while fans await to get their first look at the Frogs on Oct. 30 in an exhibition game against Paul Quinn.