Baugh, Miller supercharge No. 22 TCU men’s basketball past No. 9 Texas in final home game

TCU forward Emanuel Miller celebrates with fans vs Texas on March 1, 2023. (Photo courtesy of

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

No. 22 TCU men’s basketball (20-10, 9-8) rallied behind the fans and won 75-73 against a tough No. 9 Texas last night inside Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.

In TCU’s last home game of the season, the Frog Army did their part in ensuring that they were loud and proud.

The packed crowd included 8,194 fans that watched as the two top-25 ranked AP teams met in a highly-anticipated matchup, broadcasted on ESPN2.

TCU fans cheering on their team vs Texas on March 1, 2023. (Photo courtesy of

The Frogs entered last night’s contest fresh off an exhilarating, down to the wire road victory against Texas Tech that ended with clutch free throws from sophomore forward JaKobe Coles.

Given a couple of days to rest and prepare, TCU looked to carry that momentum into another monumental win.

The Longhorns were also reeling from a loss against No. 7 Baylor and were hungry to reestablish their winning ways.

Thanks to TCU, UT will have to wait for another game to add to the win column as last night was all about the Frogs.

Despite the final score being so close, TCU exerted a wire-to-wire dominance that never allowed Texas the chance to take the lead or even tie the score once throughout the game.

In a game that proved to be his best of the season and career, it was fitting that Damion Baugh was the first to put the Frogs on the board after immediately scoring from the opening tip with a quick steal and lay-in.

The senior guard then swished consecutive 3-pointer within four minutes, indicating the type of game he would ultimately have.

Baugh’s eruption was timely due to the struggles of his backcourt mate, junior guard Mike Miles Jr., who had a difficult time scoring the ball.

“We’ve got balanced scoring, I know Mike stands out a lot, but we’ve played a lot without him obviously,” said head coach Jamie Dixon.

The Longhorns made a conscious effort to deny the ball from Miles Jr. and shadow his movements, not allowing him any room or open space to operate.

The physicality is something that was highlighted by Texas interim head coach Rodney Terry, whose team would crash the paint anytime Miles Jr. drove to the rim, forcing him to try to finish over two defenders.

“It just wasn’t his day but he kept playing, he played hard on defense and came up with five rebounds,” said Dixon.

“It’s good to win a game when not everyone plays their best game.”

Baugh’s scoring was not only needed, his three-level ability caused Texas to overcommit and overreact to his presence, allowing others a chance to cut or find themselves wide open.

With Baugh’s unselfishness, highlight plays were created based on many of his on-ball reads such as the one below.

The recipient of the dime, junior guard Micah Peavy, also added two 3-pointers in the first half.

TCU played like a well-oiled machine, shooting 62% in the first half, including 4-of-8 from 3-point land.

Defensively, the Frogs were also locked in, forcing UT to shoot 39%.

TCU’s activity in the passing lanes was huge, constantly disrupting any drives to the basket, and stripping the ball resulting in transition opportunities. Baugh spearheaded this defensive attack seen with his three steals for the game.

A 44-32 halftime advantage gave the Frogs much-needed breathing room, but the second half saw Texas flip the script.

Despite still shooting 39% from the floor, the Longhorns were able to get to the line, 11-of-15, and neutralize some of TCU’s offensive attacks.

The Frogs shot an abysmal 30% and only converted 1-of-5 of their 3-point attempts.

Senior forward Emanuel Miller did his best job, carrying the offensive load scoring 14 of his 20 points in the second half.

The shot-making and energy Miller provided sparked the team in times of uncertainty and sluggish offensive possessions.

In addition to his 20 points, Miller added 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

The Longhorns attempted to make it interesting down the stretch, but Baugh free throws and a game-sealing slam by Miller gave the Frog Army a euphoric ending to their last game in Schollmaier.

Baugh scored a career-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting with nine assists and 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line.

On Jan. 11, the Frogs lost a similar game on the road against the Longhorns that gave them bulletin board material for last night’s rematch.

After tying the rebounding battle in the first go-around, TCU made sure to dominate the boards with a 31 to 17 advantage.

“We played hard for 40 minutes, the rebounding differential speaks volumes to how hard we played tonight – we just did a great job of executing down the stretch,” said Miller.

With last night’s victory, TCU now knows that it will begin to play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship on Thursday, March 9.

Additionally, the Frogs will look to close out the regular season against Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Sunday inside Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Tipoff is at 2 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.