Frogs Today weekly newsletter: Big 12 play is exhausting physically and mentally for TCU men, fans

Share this

Big 12 play has been physical and tense for Micah Peavy and the TCU men. It’s not going to get any easier (The Associated Press/Brad Tollefson).



By Jeff Wilson
Frogs Today senior writer

FORT WORTH — This TCU men’s basketball conference schedule is exhausting.

Just about every other Big 12 game the Horned Frogs play seems to be a must-win.

Coach Jamie Dixon said all home conference games are must-wins, and the Frogs have lost three of them.

TCU has another one of those must-wins Tuesday against Iowa State.

More will follow over the final three weeks of the regular season. The Frogs are 5-5 in Big 12 play and have eight games remaining. They really need half of them to help ensure that they receive a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Four of the final eight are at home, but two of those are against top-10 teams Texas Tech (Feb. 26) and Kansas (March 1).

If that seems daunting, well, it is. TCU has the second-hardest remaining schedule in the country.

The Frogs aren’t playing particularly well the past 10 days. Dixon doesn’t like the defense or the turnovers, and in the losses to Kansas State and Texas Tech, the Frogs haven’t executed the things they must do to win.

They certainly are allowed to get better. Mike Miles Jr. returning will help. The wake-up call they received Saturday against the Red Raiders should help.

It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be exhausting.

That’s how things have been so far for TCU in Big 12 play.

What to watch this week

Add baseball to the calendar from here on out as the Frogs get the Kirk Saarloos era started at the MLB4 Tournament in Arizona, where I should be except for this little thing called the MLB lockout. For those who haven’t been to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale and have a last-minute itch for some Frogball, it’s arguably the nicest spring-training facility in the Phoenix area. Find a cheap flight and head that way.

Baseball: vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m. Friday, Scottsdale, Ariz.; vs. Cal, 2 p.m. Saturday, Scottsdale, Ariz.; vs. Houston, 11 a.m. Sunday, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Men’s basketball: vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPNU);  at Baylor, 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2)

Women’s basketball: at Baylor, 7 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN+); vs. Baylor, 1 p.m. Saturday (ESPN+)

Women’s equestrian: vs. Fresno State, 10 a.m. Friday; at Baylor, 11 a.m. Saturday

Women’s rifle: vs. Air Force, 8 a.m. Thursday; vs. Air Force, 8 a.m. Saturday

Men’s tennis: ITA National Indoor Championships, Friday-Sunday, Seattle

Women’s tennis: at Texas A&M, noon Saturday

Frogs Today reminders

The good news is that these reminders are about to become a thing of the past as we draw closer to going live with our premium content that will require a subscription. We don’t want this to come as a surprise to anyone, and we want you to get a head-start on being the first to know when we make the jump.

We are still in the business of adding to our email list, which is one of the many ways we want to distribute our content. Signing up, as Bluto once said, don’t cost nuthin’.

The following things to do are also free; Follow Frogs Today on Twitter and me, too. I also cover the Texas Rangers, so you might also consider subscribing to my reporting on them. Frogs Today can be found on Facebook and Instagram, and give Brian Estridge a follow.

We are also now a source on Google News, and our YouTube  channel is going to be a major, major player in what we do. It will house the daily Frogs Today streaming talk show. Those hilarious commercials you’ve been seeing on Twitter and Facebook, in which I’m the punching bag, can also be found there.

Hop aboard if you haven’t already.

The lighter side

Still no cobra: The weirdo who thought it was a great idea to own a cobra and then lost it from his Grand Prairie home was arrested Friday by Grand Prairie police. I’m not sure why it took six months, but the snake is still on the lam. As someone who actually lives in Grand Prairie, though a good 15 or 20 miles from where the snake disappeared, I am not comforted by the fact that the owner believes the snake is dead. I need to see the remains.



The LeBron rules: How else can you explain LeBron James getting away with this? The thing is, with a little digging, there are many more egregious no-calls out there. None, though, are this bad.


Bad golf shot: As is often the case on these, I’d like to know what this guy was thinking as he played out this shot in his mind. I’d also like to see the after shot of his face.

Instagram will load in the frontend.

TCU riff ram icon

Never miss an exclusive story!