The season again increases in difficulty for the TCU men’s basketball team, which is what coach Trent Johnson wants to see.
The undefeated Horned Frogs (7-0) handled a five-game home stand against modest competition to start the season. Then they went to a tournament in Corpus Christi and defeated Bradley and previously unbeaten Mississippi State.
Now they take on Ole Miss (5-1) in Oxford, Miss., on Thursday night. It will be the first game on an opponent’s floor for the Horned Frogs, and it will be against a backcourt that coach Trent Johnson called “probably as good as we’ll face throughout the year.”
“Ole Miss is a very, very good basketball team,” Johnson said. “Very explosive, very physical.”
Ole Miss is also coming off a tournament win, having defeated Creighton and Cincinnati. Senior guard Jarvis Summers is the SEC’s active leader in points and assists.
TCU’s start has meant it is receiving votes in the AP and coaches poll for the first time since January 1999, when it was ranked No. 21. The Horned Frogs had two points in the AP and three points in the coaches poll this week.
“I don’t even pay attention to that,” Johnson said. “The bottom line is we’re seven games in, got another game to play, got a long way to go — a long way to go. And I think the kids understand that. This is new territory for them or whatever, but they understand about blinders and the next game and practice.”
TCU men at Ole Miss
8 p.m. Thursday, ESPNU