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TCU matches fastest start in men’s basketball program history

TCU's Dixon breaks down the big win over Iowa State

TCU men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon discusses the strategic tweaks that worked for the Horned Frogs (14-3, 3-2 in Big 12) in Saturday's 84-77 win over Iowa State. Video by Jimmy Burch.
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TCU men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon discusses the strategic tweaks that worked for the Horned Frogs (14-3, 3-2 in Big 12) in Saturday's 84-77 win over Iowa State. Video by Jimmy Burch.

TCU’s 14-3 record under first-year men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon matches the fastest start by any Horned Frogs’ team in program history. The Horned Frogs (14-3, 3-2 in Big 12) are one of eight teams in school history to begin a season with a 14-3 mark through its first 17 games.

No team has posted a better mark through 17 games than 14-3.

TCU plays Wednesday at Texas Tech (13-4, 2-3) in efforts to move closer to the best start by any team in school history. That occurred in 1951-52, when the Frogs reached the 23-3 mark under coach Buster Brannon before posting a 24-4 season record. The last TCU team to open with a 14-3 mark was the 2014-15 squad coached by Trent Johnson, Dixon’s predecessor. After reaching the 14-3 mark, those Frogs went on a seven-game losing streak and posted an 18-15 finish.

In the last 65 years, only four TCU teams have started 14-3 or better and Dixon has been involved with two of them. As a player, Dixon was a senior on the 1986-87 team that opened with an 18-3 mark under coach Jim Killingsworth before capping the season with a 24-7 record that included a Southwest Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Frogs’ 76-60 victory over Marshall in the first game of the 1987 NCAA Tournament remains the program’s last victory during March Madness.

Jimmy Burch: 817-390-7760, @Jimmy_Burch

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