No. 22 TCU men’s basketball invited to ‘The Big Dance’



TCU ‘s Mike Miles Jr., center, and Darius Ford (30) celebrate with fans after their NCAA college basketball game aginst Oklahoma, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

For the third time in six years and in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 70 years, No. 22 TCU men’s basketball (21-12, 9-9) has been a selected to play in the men’s NCAA tournament.

The Frogs get in as the sixth seed in the West Region, where the team will play the winner of Arizona State and Nevada on Friday in Denver, Colorado.

After a controversial ending to last season in the second round against Arizona, TCU will have plenty to play for and are prepared to rise to the occasion.

“We got better in March [last year] and we’re going to get better these next couple of days too before we play in the NCAA tournament,” head coach Jamie Dixon said.

Before the season started, the Frogs were highly ranked and expected to improve from last season, after such an inspiring performance during March Madness.

With so many lineup changes brought together by untimely injuries, absences, and other unforeseen incidents, the Frogs have had their work cut out for them.

Under the steadiness of Dixon, TCU still managed with a carve out a 21-12 record and were ranked for 14 straight weeks in the AP poll for the first time in program history.

Not only were the Frogs ranked most of the season, they showed why their placement was deserving, with two convincing victories over No. 12 Kansas State, an all-time road win against No. 3 Kansas, and coming out on top in a thriller versus No. 7 Texas.

TCU has spoke at lengths about how last seasons’ sour ending motivated the team and now it has the opportunity to right its wrongs.

Time to run it back.