February 7, 2013
Trending in the Right Direction
TCU took down the mighty Kansas Jayhawks 62-55 Wednesday night in Ft. Worth in what some are calling the biggest upset of the season in college basketball. TCU basketball has been tough to watch at times this season, but the Frogs upset of Kansas shows that Trent Johnson has this program moving in the right direction.
I'm not going to lie. I did not think TCU would win a conference game in basketball this season. Never in a million years did I think their first Big 12 conference win would come against the fifth ranked team in the country. Trent Johnson said after the game "for us, we knew going in that we would have to play extremely well, offensively, defensively, extremely hard, and they were going to have to help us." TCU played hard and got the help they were looking for. Coach Johnson had a game plan and the team executed it almost flawlessly.
TCU had been ranked in the top ten in scoring defense early on in the season before taking a step back during conference play. The top ten defense showed back up on Wednesday night. The Frogs held Kansas to 3-of-22 behind the three-point line and 29.5% overall. TCU also forced thirteen turnovers and had five blocked shots. The Jayhawks were averaging 73 points per game but the Frogs held them eighteen points below their season average.
This is a huge win for Trent Johnson, his staff, and the team. Not only can Coach Johnson use this in recruiting to show how he is turning things around in Ft. Worth, it proves that when you buy into his system, good things will happen. This is the type of win the program can build upon. Trent Johnson now has a prime example to show players that if they work hard and listen to him, he will put them in the best position to win.
Hopefully this is just the beginning of these kinds of wins in the Trent Johnson era at TCU. He has already made his impact felt in recruiting and now it is being shown on the court as well. Coach Johnson said after the game, "we need to focus on what's in the locker room. You're never as good as you are, you're never as good as people say you are. You're never as bad as you are, you're never as bad as people say you are" and he is right. This team isn't terrible, but they are a work in progress. This was a huge first step in the right direction, but now they must continue to improve if they want to have this feeling again.
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