The Athletic: TCU needs to finish strong to ensure NCAA Tournament bid

TCU basketball still has some work to do to make the NCAA Tournament, according to The Athletic.

The Frogs, who are coming off an 82-66 loss to West Virginia on Monday, only have one ranked opponent remaining on their 2017-18 schedule — a date with Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on March 3. But if the Frogs can finish strong in Big 12 play, the Frogs should be dancing with the rest of the Big 12’s contenders.

From The Athletic:

This is the best team in the country with a 5-8 conference record, and it’s not remotely close. Every metric the selection committee even glances at agrees — almost eerily so – that the Horned Frogs are something like the 25th-best team in the country. (Every metric ranks them 25th, 26th or 27th, except ESPN’s BPI, which has them 20th.)

TCU is currently a No. 9 seed in ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology projection on Friday.

TCU doesn’t have the toughest schedule to close out conference play — Oklahoma State on Saturday, Iowa State on Feb. 21, Baylor on Feb. 24 and Kansas State on Feb. 27. But winning is paramount for coach Jamie Dixon’s group that has shown it can hang with Kansas and West Virginia. Moral victories will not, however, get TCU into the NCAA Tournament.

The Frogs own a 5-8 record in Big 12 play and are tied for seventh place in the conference standings. A win over Oklahoma State (15-11, 5-8 Big 12) on Saturday — 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 — will do the Frogs plenty of favors.

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