The Report Card: Improving TCU is no doormat this season

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DATE: Thursday, Dec. 4


In its primeval two seasons in the Big 12, TCU managed and nothing else two league wins in 36 tries. It’s in likelihood safe to say the much improved Horned Frogs disposition exceed that this winter.

TCU improved to 8-0 without ceasing Thursday night with its most impressive win of the season, a 66-54 street victory at Ole Miss. The Horned Frogs antecedently have also routed Washington State and outclassed Mississippi State.

Granted that trio of wins won’t exactly desire Kansas or Texas quaking in their extreme tops, but they represent a bulky step forward for a TCU program rebuilding while burdened with Trent Johnson. The Horned Frogs are winning with slow-paced but efficient offense, balanced scoring and disciplined defense. If they can maintain that formula the next scarcely any weeks, the schedule is soft enough that they should take a 13-0 make a memorandum of into their Big 12 opener adverse to West Virginia.

A- — Iowa State

To rout an Arkansas team that entered make fun Thursday night averaging more than 90 points by game, Iowa State simply cranked up its offense to a different gear. Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 27 points, Georges Niang tallied 26 and the Cyclones reach 64 percent from the field in the manner that a team en route to a 95-77 throttling of the antecedently unbeaten Razorbacks.

The statement win was unusual for the Cyclones because they didn’t take a part particularly well in the CBE Classic in Kansas City freshly. They survived a close game in countervail to a mediocre Alabama team before falling to Maryland in the title game.

It was clear from the at dawn stages Arkansas would not be with equal rea~n competitive. A Razorbacks team that hasn’t defeated a ranked team up~ the road since 1999 fell behind by 15 points after 12 minutes on a level though they were shooting 50 percent from the region.

C+ — LSU

When the choice committee studies LSU’s resume in March, they’ll apparently see the Tigers 74-73 victory at West Virginia as a characteristic win. Those of us who watched the enterprise will know otherwise. 

LSU won in the face of committing 24 turnovers against the West Virginia oppression defense, despite trailing by as ~ people as 12 midway through the helper half and despite getting four points from standout despatch Jordan Mickey. A series of disappointing fouls and turnovers by both teams preceded a driving layup from Josh Gray with nine seconds to go that gave the Tigers the conquest.

Ugly as the win was, it was tumid for both LSU and the SEC. The Tigers be seized of now bounced back from early losses to Clemson and Old Dominion through back-to-back wins against UMass and West Virginia, as well-as; not only-but also; not only-but; not alone-but teams with NCAA tournament aspirations. And the SEC needs all the quality wins it have power to get given its collective struggles with equal rea~n far this season, aside from Kentucky of turn.

F — Drexel

Even though Drexel was without second-leading scorer Tavon Allen and alone had eight available players, there’s not at all excuse for the loss the Dragons suffered Thursday ignorance. They became the first Division I team to confuse at home to a lower-feud program so far this season, falling 54-52 to matter called the University of the Sciences.

Some ready research reveals that the University of the Sciences is a puny Philadelphia-based school specializing in pharmacology. The Devils cope in Division II and boast a 6-2 minute so far this season, though they don’t have a single player taller than 6-bottom-7 on their roster.

The overthrow part for Drexel was it couldn’t but also seize control of the game following rallying from six down at halftime to take a five-respect second-half lead. University of the Sciences ruling scorer Garret Kerr sank the bit of strategy-winning 3-pointer with two seconds remaining, dropping the Dragons to 2-5 this spice.


• Don’t expect Green Bay to remain No. 2 in the RPI a great deal of longer. The Phoenix are a quality mid-major but they lost 72-48 at Sun Belt favorite Georgia State on Thursday night.

• Kenny Chery is away with an injury, Rico Gathers had in the same manner with many points as fouls, yet Baylor compose managed to eke out a 66-63 triumph at Vanderbilt. The difference was forwards Taurean Prince and Royce O’Neill, who combined with regard to 41 points.

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