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TCU Returns to NCAA Tournament For First Time Since 2018

The TCU Horned Frogs will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons next week as they attempt to make a run in March Madness.

The No. 9 seeded Horned Frogs (20-12) will face No. 8 seeded Seton Hall in the first round as part of action in the South Region that begins on Friday in San Diego, California.

The Horned Frogs will be making just their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and their second under head coach Jamie Dixon.

 

TCU’s last NCAA Tournament appearance, in 2018, ended with a 57-52 loss to Syracuse. TCU hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1987, when it beat Marshall, 76-60. Dixon was the point guard for that team, which ended up falling in the second round to Notre Dame.

TCU has never won multiple games in any of its NCAA Tournament appearances, so getting to the Sweet 16 would be a watershed moment for the program.

Dixon led the Horned Frogs to their four season of 20 wins or more during his tenure. But, this is TCU’s first such season since 2017-18, when they won 23 games to make the NCAA Tournament.

TCU was coming off a 12-14 season and Dixon lost the majority of his players to graduation or the transfer portal. He rebuilt a team of mostly transfers around talented guard Mike Miles Jr. and the emergence of holdover big man Eddie Lampkin Jr. Late in the regular season the Horned Frogs beat both Kansas and Texas Tech to solidify their standing for the NCAA Tournament.

TCU won its Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal game over Texas, rallying from 20 points down to advance to the semifinals. There, the Horned Frogs fell to Kansas. Miles was named to the all-tournament team, the first Horned Frogs to be named to the team since TCU joined the Big 12.

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