Thursday, February 7, 2013
What upsetting KU means for the Frogs
By Luke Lapinski
TCU isn't making the NCAA Tournament. The NIT is basically out of reach as well. But last night's stunning win over No. 5 Kansas was still meaningful for a number of reasons.
First of all, there's the raw emotion that was evident on the faces of both the fans and the players at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Put simply, that's what college sports is all about. Plus it was the Frogs' first ever victory over a top five team -- a nice step to take in their first season under Trent Johnson. Beyond that, they picked up their first ever conference victory as a member of the Big 12. And what a way to do it.
TCU has certainly taken its lumps this season as it tries to find its place in a new league, and last night's win will make people take notice of the program in a positive light. It doesn't mean the Frogs are suddenly going to start rattling off wins, but it can at least be taken as a nice step in the right direction. Sure, the Jayhawks didn't play their best game by any means and their poor shooting opened the door for TCU. But knocking off a top tier team like KU doesn't happen without a solid, hard-fought effort for 40 minutes. And now Johnson has a strong example to point to whenever he needs to get his players to buy into the value of going all out no matter how daunting the task may seem.