The TCU Horned Frogs men’s basketball team tipped off their regular season at home Wednesday night against California State University Bakersfield. The Frogs prevailed with a 66-61 victory. Here are three things we learned after watching the season opener.
The Frogs Do Not Look Like A Top 25 Team (yet)
A win is a win but the Frogs need to get better, quickly, to remain a top 25 team. TCU entered the game as an 18 point favorite but CSUB looked like the better team for most of the night. TCU trailed by 11 points with 17:40 left in the game. The Frogs have a lot of talent and this should have been a double-digit season-opening win. This team needs more time to gel. Coach Dixon only had three players with collegiate experience on the court. The Frogs were without two of their top returning players in guard Jaylen Fisher and forward Kouat Noi. Both were sidelined with knee injuries. Luckily, Big 12 play doesn’t start until January 5th. Seniors Alex Robinson and JD Miller showed the ability to be stellar on defense. The preseason All-Big 12 Robinson added 12 points and nine assists on offense. Frog fans are hoping for the best, but this team may be a year away from seriously competing for a deep run in the NCAA tournament. They have eight new players.