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TCU needs second wind to have a chance to fly in postseason

TCU basketball has five games remaining in the regular season. Trying to project how they'll go is probably a fool's errand.

In fact, trying to predict how the Big 12 standings will look when the season concludes on March 3 appears impossible.

Baylor is surging, Texas and Oklahoma are swooning and first-place Texas Tech is in position to knock Kansas from winning their 14th consecutive regular-season title.

Meanwhile, TCU (17-9, 5-8 in the Big 12), which hosts Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Saturday at Schollmaier Arena, continues to yo-yo from game to game, including a 16-point loss Monday at No. 20 West Virginia. It was the Horned Frogs' worst loss of the season. It came two days after the Frogs' dominating home win against Texas.

TCU's remaining schedule

Saturday

Oklahoma State, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21

at Iowa State, 7 p.m.

Feb. 24

Baylor, 11 a.m.

Feb. 26

Kansas State, 8 p.m.

March 3

at Texas Tech, 3 p.m.

If TCU can go 3-2 down the stretch, it would finish 8-10 in the conference. None of the outcomes appear like slam dunks except for the finale against the No. 7 Red Raiders in Lubbock on March 3. Texas Tech handled the Frogs 83-71 in Fort Worth on Feb. 3 and has won five in a row.

Texas Tech's remaining schedule

Saturday

at Baylor, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 21

at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m.

Feb. 24

Kansas, 3 p.m.

Feb. 26

at West Virginia, 8 p.m.

March 3

TCU, 3 p.m.

TCU's other four games are winnable, but in the Big 12, they are also completely losable. Last-place Iowa State is always tough at home and the Cyclones have already beaten Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech in Ames, Iowa. They hosted No. 13 Kansas Tuesday night.

Baylor is arguably the hottest team in the league. They've won four in a row, including a double overtime win at Texas on Monday. The Bears (16-10, 6-7) have won five of their past eight games after starting 1-4 in the Big 12. Kansas State is the toughest nut to crack in the Big 12. The Wildcats (17-8, 6-6) were picked to finish seventh in the conference by the coaches. Instead, they're right in the thick of the standings in a tie with No. 23 Oklahoma in fourth place.

Baylor's remaining schedule

Saturday

Texas Tech, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 20

West Virginia, 6 p.m.

Feb. 24

at TCU, 11 a.m.

Feb. 27

Oklahoma, 8 p.m.

Match 3

at Kansas State, 1 p.m.

The Longhorns have lost three in a row and play three of their final five games on the road, including at Kansas on Feb. 26.

Texas' remaining schedule

Saturday

at Oklahoma, 11 a.m.

Feb. 21

at Kansas State, 8 p.m.

Feb. 24

Oklahoma Sate, 1 p.m.

Feb. 26

at Kansas, 8 p.m.

March 3

West Virginia, 11 a.m.



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