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January 11, 2013

Baylor's success admirable, but TCU will build program Trent Johnson's way

The Horned Frogs travel to Waco on Saturday in search of

It has been a little more than 10 years since TCU last played Baylor in basketball.

The Horned Frogs left Waco with a 72-64 win that night, Dec. 7, 2002, in coach Neil Dougherty's first season with TCU. It was David Bliss' last year coaching Baylor, before a scandal involving murder embroiled his program and he was fired.

Yes, a lot has changed between the two programs in the interceding decade. Scott Drew took over the Bears after Bliss in 2003 and Trent Johnson is TCU's third coach in the span.

Baylor (10-4, 2-0 in the Big 12) struggled its first 11 years in the Big 12, and didn't have a winning league record until the 2007-08 season, Drew's fifth year, when the Bears finished 9-7 and earned their first NCAA tournament appearance in 20 years. Drew has led Baylor to three NCAA tournament appearances, with two trips to the Elite Eight, including last season. TCU's last NCAA appearance was in 1998 under Billy Tubbs.

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