For the first time since 1998, the TCU Horned Frogs are in the NCAA Tournament — but some experts are saying they might not be there for long.
TCU is a 6-seed going up against a very tough 11-seed in the Syracuse Orange. Syracuse has a rich history of success in March and is coached by the legendary Jim Boeheim. The Horned Frogs finally got to the Big Dance, but to hang around, they’ll have to beat a formidable opponent.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter thinks TCU should be on high upset alert Friday. Syracuse, Trotter says, has an “ample” chance of pulling out a win.
“TCU has not been to the tournament since 1998,” Trotter wrote. “Since that time, Syracuse has been to three Final Fours. The Horned Frogs also have been on a bit of a scuffle since point guard Jaylen Fisher suffered a knee injury Jan. 13.”
Trotter also focused on Syracuse’s imposing team size.
“According to KenPom, Syracuse boasts an average height of 6-foot-8 — the tallest of any Division I team of the past 10 seasons,” Trotter wrote.
Although the Orange might have better team history, TCU and Jamie Dixon own the head-to-head coaching matchup. When Dixon was at Pittsburgh for 13 years, he compiled a 15-6 record against Boeheim and Syracuse.
The Horned Frogs and the Orange will tip off at 9:40 ET Friday on CBS.
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