I had to double-take on this: the TCU men's basketball team is 9-1 in games decided by six points or less.
The only game they lost in such a situation was the double-OT game at Colorado State on Jan. 14.
Nov. 11 v. Florida Gulf Coast, W 73-72
Nov. 18 v. Virginia, W 57-55
Nov. 26 at Houston, W 81-80
No. 30 v. Lamar, W 77-72
Dec. 3 at Evansville, W 70-68 (ot)
Dec. 6 v. Texas Tech, W 75-69
Jan. 4 v. Rice, W 78-74
Jan. 14 at Colorado State, L 95-89 (2 ot)
Jan. 21 v. Boise State, W 54-52
Jan. 25 v. Air Force, W 59-56
While TCU football recruiting is the bigger story in Frog land, the men's basketball team is 12-7 and 2-2 in MWC play. This team does not have genuine postseason potential, but if you are winning this many close games you are doing something right. This team has above .500 potential, which at TCU is reason for a parade.
If this team finishes at or above .500, TCU AD Chris Del Conte will have a hard time justifying getting rid of Christian.
It does not change the fact that the talent level needs a dramatic upgrade as the team prepares to enter the Big 12. So do the facilities. If you believe what you read on the recruiting front, TCU is on some big recruits in the Metroplex.
"The mentality is better and our confidence level is better," coach Jim Christian said this morning. "You have to do everything you can to make it a four-minute game and then make plays."
Including the first round of the MWC tournament, the Frogs have at least 12 games remaining. If this team somehow finish with a 6-6 record in those games ... it will be a surprise. Can the Frogs finish above .500 for the first time since the 2004-'05 season? It's possible, but beginning Saturday night with a game at New Mexico it will be hard.
"Without question this is the most coachable group I’ve had. This group wants to win. For a majority of the time they have put winning first," Christian said. "They have played more together as a group. We have not reached where we are capable. We haven’t had the productivity off the bench I envisioned, but those things will come."
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