TCU basketball is in excellent position for the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the end of the regular season approaches.
The Horned Frogs (20-9, 8-8 Big 12) are currently projected as a No. 6-seed in the latest bracketology from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. It’s Lundardi’s highest projection for TCU since pegging the Frogs as a No. 4 seed on Jan. 11.
An NCAA berth, regardless of the seeding, would be incredibly significant for TCU in Jamie Dixon’s second year as head coach. The Frogs haven’t made the tournament since 1998.
TCU has won three straight games and four of its past five. The Frogs appeared to be drifting toward the tournament bubble. They opened conference play at 1-4 after an impressive 12-0 start to the season. However, they have two wins over possible tournament teams (87-71 vs Texas, 82-72 vs Baylor) this month and appear to have improved substantially on defense. The win against Baylor gave TCU its first sweep against the Bears since 1989.
A 9-9 conference record before the Big 12 tournament will likely guarantee TCU a spot in the dance, and its two remaining games are at home against Kansas State and on the road against Texas Tech. The Wildcats are 9-7 in Big 12 play but have struggled on offense recently. Texas Tech is reeling after an injury hobbled leading scorer Keenan Evans. Evans has failed to score more than 6 points in each of Texas Tech’s past three games, all losses.
TCU hosts Kansas State on Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Frogs play at Texas Tech at 3 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN2
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