By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer
Energy was high on Monday afternoon at Schollmaier, as TCU prepared for their final home game of the season.
It was as physical and energetic a practice as this beat reporter has witnessed all season. Guys went to the floor for loose balls, rebounds were a physical battle, and defensively players didn’t hold back.
The Frogs will host Texas on Wednesday at 8 p.m., in their penultimate regular season game as the calendar flips to March. TCU moved up to No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press poll, and are currently No. 22 in the NET and No. 23 in KenPom.
As it stands, the Frogs (19-10, 8-8) are projected to be a 5-seed come tournament time, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
The 5-seed is a notoriously dangerous seed to be. 5-seeds have a 64% chance to advance to the second round, according to Bet Firm. That number jumps to 78% for a 4-seed. The chance of reaching the final four almost doubles from a 5-seed to a 4-seed as well, rising from 4.9% to 9%.
With a win against Texas, plus a win over Oklahoma to end the regular season, the Frogs could improve their seeding. Of course, the Big 12 tournament will be critical as well. A good showing in 2022 helped the Frogs seal a tournament bid. Doing the same thing in 2023 could result in the Frogs matching or exceeding their highest seed ever (4, 1987).