Cali Cali: TCU men’s basketball is officially dancing

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TCU Men's Basketball is selected for March Madness
The TCU men’s basketball learns that it has made the NCAA Tournament field during Selection Sunday (TCU Basketball)

By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer

The TCU men’s basketball team is officially dancing for the second time in four years after hearing its name called during CBS’ Selection Show in front of a group of supporters at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.

The Horned Frogs are headed to San Diego as the No. 9 seed in the South Region, where they’ll face No. 8-seed Seton Hall.

“I think that’s the place we wanted to go, if you asked people.” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “We have a large contingent out there.”

The Frogs were projected to be an 8 or 9 seed by most major publications that cover the tournament, but after learning of being a 9 seed Dixon suggested that maybe the Frogs were seeded too low.

“I thought we’d be a better seed than that,” Dixon said. “Most had us as a 7 or 8, I didn’t see any 9s, but we’ve got to make up for a lot of years.”

TCU finished with a 20-12 record and fifth in the Big 12 Conference at 8-10. The Frogs reached the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament, and non-conference wins over Texas A&M and LSU boosted the Frogs’ overall resume as well. TCU finished the season with eight Quad 1 wins, tied for eighth most in the nation with Texas Tech, Villanova and Auburn.

Seton Hall finished with at 21-10 and fitth in the Big East at 8-10. The Pirates reached the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, where they lost to UConn, 62-52.

“They gave us a chance,” TCU forward Emanuel Miller said of the NCAA selection committee, “Now, it’s up to us to capitalize on in.”

Watch the Frogs react as they hear their name called:


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