No. 22 TCU men’s basketball drops regular season finale to Oklahoma

TCU guard Mike Miles Jr. shoots a jumper vs Oklahoma on March 4, 2023. (Photo courtesy of

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

Every dog has its day.

For fans of the last-place Oklahoma Sooners, Saturday was a sight for sore eyes.

“Oklahoma earned the win, we earned the loss,” said head coach Jamie Dixon.

No. 22 TCU men’s basketball (20-11, 9-9) dropped its season finale on the road to Oklahoma, 74-60 on Saturday inside of Lloyd Noble Center.

With the loss, TCU finished the season tied with Iowa State (9-9) for fifth place in the Big 12 standings.

“We dug a hole, did some things better as the game went on, but obviously the hole was too substantial,” said Dixon.

That hole being a 1-0f-11 shooting start from the floor that quickly resulted in a 20-4 deficit six minutes into the game.

The Frog’s defense didn’t seem to affect Oklahoma, with the Sooners making their first six shot attempts.

After missing a couple of shots while watching the same shots fall for OU, TCU grew restless and started to bail the defense out with questionable shot selections.

Unable to get out in transition or impose their will in the paint, the Frogs’ offense looked flustered and unrecognizable as they struggled to find anything that could provide a spark.

This included early timeouts and substitutions, but nothing seemed to flip the switch – the same switch that saw TCU on the winning side of a wire-to-wire contest against No. 9 Texas or steamroll past No. 3 Kansas on the road in historic fashion.

Emotional leader, sophomore big man Eddie Lampkin Jr., was also inactive due to a back injury and his absence was felt.

Not known for his gaudy or eye-popping stats, Lampkin Jr. provides a kinetic energy that injects life and confidence into every other Horned Frog on the court.

With the lethargic play of the first half, TCU needed every ounce of that energy.

The Frogs shot just 26% in the first half, stumbling into a staggering 38-21 halftime deficit.

TCU only shot two free throws during the half which didn’t helped its case in trying to climb back into the game by scoring while the clock isn’t moving.

The Frogs also had an unusual dose of imbalanced scoring in the first half, crediting the Oklahoma defense for playing air-tight and not allowing the ball or players to move freely.

After Junior Forward Xavier Cork scored TCU’s first basket, Junior Guard Mike Miles Jr. and Senior Guard Damion Baugh scored every remaining field goal in the first half.

“Balanced scoring is our thing, and we didn’t have any – Damion and Mike shot a decent percentage, the other guys only made one shot so it’s a lot of things you can’t explain,” said Dixon.

Miles Jr. and Baugh were the only Horned Frogs to score in double-figures for the game with 17 and 13 points, respectively.

Although the second half saw the Frogs outscore the Sooners, 39-36, TCU could never get the game to within single-digits.

Playing from behind the entire game takes its toll, especially when the margin is in double-digits.

With the game seemingly never opening up for the Frogs, the frustration began to boil over resulting in several run-ins with the officials.

The Sooners were quicker to loose balls, faster to the boards and showed their refusal to lose on Saturday powered by pure hustle.

Oklahoma senior big Tanner Groves was too much to handle on the inside, dominating the interior with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Grant Sherfield also chipped in with 20 points and was 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

Despite yesterday’s stinker that saw TCU out-rebounded by 14 and shoot just 37.7% from the field, Dixon remains confident in his guys as the team heads into the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

“We’ve beaten the top four teams so that gives us some confidence going forward – we’ve had some good wins in that tournament, we haven’t won it but we’re looking forward to the opportunity,” said Dixon.

TCU will begin play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

As the No. 6 seed, TCU will face No. 3 seed Kansas State.