No. 17 TCU men’s basketball relinquishes lead, drops game to No. 10 Texas

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon leads a discussion during a timeout vs Texas on Jan. 11, 2023. (Photo courtesy of

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

No. 17 TCU men’s basketball (13-3, 2-2) suffered their second straight defeat in a 79-75 loss to No. 10 Texas last night at Moody Center in Austin, Texas.

In a highly-anticipated clash of top 25 teams, the electricity filled the arena.

Texas fans rallied behind their team and made sure TCU felt every single boo.

“It’s a nice new arena, they played well and their fans did a great job coming out and supporting them,” said junior guard Mike Miles Jr.

For the better part of the game, TCU managed to keep the Longhorns in check, while simultaneously silencing the fans.

The Frogs were off to the races — scoring, defending and passing all at a high level.

TCU’s trademark frenetic pace directly led to many scoring opportunities in transition. The Frogs made sure to attack the paint and were rewarded with either a bucket, or a foul call and sometimes both.

With TCU’s relentless paint penetration, Texas players were forced to collapse clearing the way for offensive rebounding for the Frogs.

Texas struggled to combat TCU’s offensive output, as the team shot 38% from the field and 14% from 3-point land in the first half.

Senior forward Emanuel Miller spearheaded the Frogs’ offense with a game-high 21 points on hyper efficient 10-of-12 shooting from the field.

Everything seemed to go the Frogs’ way as they jumped to their biggest lead of the night, 40-22 with 2:57 left to play in the first half.

TCU was also able to out rebound the Longhorns by five and entered halftime with 42-29 lead at halftime.

The second half presented an entirely different Texas team.

After successfully attacking the glass throughout the first half, the rebounding effort changed in the second with the Longhorns holding the advantage by seven.

Defensively, UT forced the Frogs into eight turnovers while only committing three of their own.

The Longhorns did everything within their power to try and stop Mike Miles Jr. and force the ball out of his hands. The junior guard still contributed with 16 points, but senior guard Damion Baugh mostly initiated the offense seen by his season-high 10 assists.

“I’m used to it at this point in my career, I’ve been double-teamed ever since I got to college,” said Miles Jr.

“It still makes me mad, but people stepped up — Eman stepped up, DB [Baugh] had a good game and that’s what its all about.”

Both teams exchanged scoring runs and momentum throughout the second half.

First, UT used a 12-5 spurt to open the second half and trimmed the margin to 47-41.

After Texas got within two points (49-47) following a pair of free throws with 12:10 left, TCU responded with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to build their lead to 61-49.

UT then responded with a 12-2 spurt of their own to cut the deficit to 63-61, and were able to even the score at 67.

TCU held the lead for 33-straight minutes before a 3-pointer by guard Marcus Carr put the Longhorns ahead 76-73 with 1:01 remaining.

Unlucky bounces for TCU and offensive rebounding for UT secured the comeback win for the No. 10 Longhorns.

Marking their second in a row and third for the season, all of TCU’s losses have come by a combined seven points.

This shows that despite the undesirable outcome, the Frogs remain competitive and are never truly out of a game.

Miller talked about how TCU was able to positively respond to their early season loss to Northwestern State, and sees this as another chance to rise to the occasion.

“This is a great challenge for our program. We’re going to use this challenge to better our team and I think moving forward this is going to help us in the long run.”

TCU returns to action Saturday against No. 11 Kansas State (15-1, 4-0) at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena. It will be the team’s fourth-straight game against a Top 25 team.

Tip-off is at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.