Dickies Arena’s inaugural basketball game to feature TCU and this Pac-12 team

TCU’s Jamie Dixon “excited” for first day of hoops practice

The TCU men's basketball team officially opened practice on Thursday. The Frogs open their season in 42 days against Cal State Bakersfield.
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The TCU men's basketball team officially opened practice on Thursday. The Frogs open their season in 42 days against Cal State Bakersfield.

TCU basketball is on the rise.

The Frogs are ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll, will play a number of high-profile matchups on national television this season and have just about sold-out of season tickets.

Oh, and on Tuesday, TCU announced plans to be among the opening acts when Dickies Arena opens next November.

TCU will take on USC in a “neutral site” game on Dec. 6, 2019 at Dickies Arena, the school announced Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the first collegiate basketball game at Dickies Arena,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “It will be a great way to showcase Fort Worth as well as our basketball program.”

Dickies Arena will host future NCAA Tournament rounds and this inaugural basketball game will give fans a sneak peak of what it’ll be like in the 14,000-seat multipurpose venue.

This will fulfill part of a two-year agreement TCU and USC are in the middle of. The Frogs will play the Trojans this season on Dec. 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Ticket information will be available at a later date, but the game is not included in the TCU season ticket package.

Playing at Dickies Arena is the latest buzz around the TCU basketball program.

The AP ranking, coupled with Big 12 coaches picking TCU to finish tied for fourth in the conference, shows just how far the program has come under Dixon, who is entering his third season.

TCU lost its two leading scorers from last season, Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams, but are still considered one of the top teams in the country. That’s a spotlight the players have embraced.

“There’s big expectations, but we’re definitely taking that on,” point guard Alex Robinson said. “I feel like we embrace it cause now [winning] is expected. I wouldn’t say it puts more pressure on us cause mentally that helps us a lot. We feel like we’re at a spot right now where we should win games and, if we don’t win, then that’s our fault and we’ve got to fix it.

“We expect to win.”

The Frogs won more than they lost a season ago. They went 21-12 overall, including 9-9 in Big 12 play, and were a No. 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

It’s worth repeating -- TCU basketball is on the rise.

“It’s exciting, there’s no question,” Dixon said. “We want this to be something that people look at TCU and say this is a place we want to go to. We want to go to school here. That’s what we’re trying to do, so a lot of things go into that. You’re going to win games if that’s happened, you’re going to do things the right way, bring in the right kids and I think we’re doing that.”

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