Big 12 newcomer: Breaking down TCU basketball

by Berry Tramel Published: July 15, 2012
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Arena: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201), opened 1961.

Greatest player: Kurt Thomas, 1991-95. Plagued by injuries his first two seasons, Thomas didn't become a starter until his junior year. But he became a star as a junior — then Billy Tubbs arrived as coach in 1994, and Thomas became just the third player ever to lead the NCAA in scoring (28.9) and rebounding (14.6).

Greatest coach: Jim Killingsworth. Hired away from OSU in 1979, the native Oklahoman coached the Frogs for eight seasons and went 130-106, including a 64-64 Southwest Conference record, during the SWC's glory years (Houston, Arkansas). Killer's final team beat Marshall in the 1987 NCAA Tournament before a one-point loss to Notre Dame.

Championships: Eight outright Southwest Conference titles, two co-SWC championships, and one WAC title.

Greatest team: 1998. Billy Tubbs' team went 27-6 overall, 14-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament before a first-round loss to Florida State in Oklahoma City.

Greatest win: On March 15, 1968, TCU beat Kansas State 77-72 in Wichita, Kan., in an NCAA Tournament first-round game. Mickey McCarty had 17 points and 15 rebounds for TCU. The Frogs have just two non-consolation NCAA victories.

NCAA Tournament record: 5-7, seven appearances.

Last 10 years: 18-15, 11-22, 13-19, 14-17, 14-16, 13-17, 6-25, 21-14, 12-17, 9-19.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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