TCU men’s basketball tonight: What do the Frogs have left in the tank for Texas?

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Mike Miles Jr. scored 15 points Monday for TCU, which is in the midst of three games in five days (The Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez).





By Jeff Wilson
Frogs Today senior writer

FORT WORTH — Three games in five days, TCU junior forward Emanuel Miller observed, is like an NBA schedule.

That’s what the Horned Frogs will wrap Wednesday night at Texas.

None of the Frogs, though, have the benefit of load management. The nine healthy players, with healthy used loosely, will be reaching for an extra Jolt cola before tip off at the Frank Erwin Center.

Coach Jamie Dixon doesn’t want to play his best players more than 30 minutes a game, but he doesn’t have much choice with the injuries the Frogs have experienced this season.

“That’s the situation we’re in,” Dixon said. “My trainers talk to them more than I do. That’s where we’re at. We’ve got so many things going on I can’t even can’t even begin.”

Miller said playing three games in five days is difficult, but players have to answer the bell. The Frogs have another three-in-five stretch next week.

“We play the best league, man, and we’ve got to play a great Texas team that’s one game ahead of us and we’ve got to get this win,” Miller said. “So, every game important.”

TCU men at Texas

6 p.m. Wednesday, Frank Erwin Center, Austin

Records: TCU 17-8, 6-7 Big 12; Texas 19-8, 8-6

TV: ESPNU. Radio: KLIF/570 AM

About TCU: The Horned Frogs are coming off a 77-67 victory Monday over West Virginia. Emanuel Miller led five players in double figures with 18 points. Xavier Cork scored 10, including the first four of the game, in his first start in place of Eddie Lampkin Jr. … Lampkin did not play Monday because there was swelling in his right knee stemming from an injury Saturday at Baylor. He is questionable for tonight’s game. … Mike Miles Jr. scored 15 points Monday and continues to pace the Frogs with 14.7 points per game. Miller, though, is averaging 17.5 points the past two games. … TCU lost the first matchup of the season against Texas 73-50.

About Texas: The Longhorns are coming off a 61-55 home loss Saturday to Texas Tech in which they shot only 28.3%. … Timmy Allen leads the Longhorns, ranked No. 20 by the Associated Press, with 11.7 points per game. Andrew Jones (10.8) and Marcus Carr (10.7) are the only others who average in double figures for coach Chris Beard’s defensive-minded team. Jones has averaged 20 points the past two games. … Texas has won six straight against TCU and 23 of the past 30. The Longhorns have won 17 of the past 19 meetings at the Erwin Center, which will close after this season.

Jeff Wilson,

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