TCU already has clinched a November to remember under new men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon.
The Horned Frogs, off to a 6-0 start for only the second time in the past 19 seasons, will learn Wednesday night if their first month under Dixon qualifies as a perfect start to a new coaching era or merely a special one.
In the team’s final November game, TCU meets Washington (4-2) at 6 p.m. in Schollmaier Arena. The contest is a rematch of a game won by the Horned Frogs, 93-80, in Saturday’s finals of the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
The Huskies are led by freshman guard Markelle Fultz, a Wooden Award nominee who struck for a game-high 27 points in Saturday’s contest and is averaging 23 points, 6.7 assists and 5.5 rebounds. TCU overcame Fultz’s onslaught in the teams’ first meeting in large part because of the Horned Frogs’ depth.
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TCU’s bench outscored Washington’s bench, 48-18, in Las Vegas and the Frogs anticipate leaning on that asset again. Of TCU’s four double-digit scorers, freshman guards Jaylen Fisher (10.5 average) and Desmond Bane (10.3) typically are in the starting lineup while forward Vladimir Brodziansky (11.0) and guard Alex Robinson (12.7) come off the bench.
Robinson, a Texas A&M transfer and Mansfield Timberview graduate, scored a career-high 24 points against the Huskies in Las Vegas. He made 7-of-13 shots, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Wednesday’s matchup marks the first time TCU has played an opponent in consecutive games since 2010, when the Horned Frogs closed the regular season with a loss to Brigham Young, then dropped another game to the Cougars in the opener of the Mountain West Conference postseason tournament.
TCU last played the same nonconference opponent twice in a season in 2013, when the Horned Frogs took two games from Tulsa: a tournament matchup at the Great Alaska Shootout followed by a scheduled game in Fort Worth. Those contests were separated by 23 days.
TCU men vs. Washington
6 p.m. Wednesday, FSSW Plus