Early Sunday afternoon I got an email that had me doubting how I felt going into the second round matchup between Iowa and TCU. Freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher, who had started all but one game this year, was ruled out for the rest of the year with a broken left wrist. I was shocked because he had taken a hard fall late in the second half against Fresno State right in front of me on Wednesday. Now TCU was going on the road without it's floor general. I was worried, but I thought they could win this game because of inside scoring and rebounding. It turns out Alex Robinson is a really good point guard too. Not that is was news to me, but for many watching TCU for the first time, they knew TCU had lost it's starting point guard and had their shooting guard handling the ball more. It worked out well for the Frogs and not so much for the Hawkeyes. Robinson led the Horned Frogs with 19 points and 11 assists in their 94-92 victory over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.
The Horned Frogs had a balanced scoring attack in the victory. Robinson and Vladimir Brodziansky both had 19 points, Kenrich Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals, Brandon Parrish added 14 off of the bench and Desmond Bane, who started in place of Jaylen Fisher, added 13 points. TCU shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep. The Horned Frogs outscored the Hawkeyes 52-30 in the paint and scored 28 points on 17 forced turnovers.
The Horned Frogs (21-15) will return home on Tuesday night to host the Richmond Spiders (22-12) in a quarterfinal matchup and the right to go to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals. We'll see you there! Go Frogs!