Saturday’s victory over Texas provided a boost for the TCU men’s basketball team and coach Trent Johnson.
But he left it at face value — one win three games into an 18-game Big 12 schedule.
“It’s one game. That’s all it is,” he said. “We’ve got to play with the same type of energy, same type of toughness, make more shots, make more free throws, take care of the ball.”
Still, the 58-57 victory rewarded the Horned Frogs with a split of a week at home against West Virginia and Texas. In each game, they led at halftime and had the lead for 18 minutes.
Against West Virginia, the Frogs lost their lead in the final six minutes of a 95-87 loss. Against Texas, the Frogs took the lead with 1:12 to go and held the Longhorns scoreless over their final three possessions.
Last year, TCU lost in overtime at West Virginia, which went on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
“Obviously, we’ve been coming close against good teams in this league,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot more good teams in this league, there’s a lot more games to play, so we need to learn from it. We’ve had two good halves versus two good teams in league play at home.”
Saturday’s victory broke an 11-game losing streak for TCU against the Longhorns. The celebration had one night of shelf life. It did not come with a “big picture” outlook for Johnson.
“We just need to win,” he said. “It’s one game. I’m not caught up in what I call ‘false confidence.’ It’s consistent behavior. Being mentally tough today, tomorrow, 24/7.
“This game means nothing if you don’t come out with the same kind of energy, the same kind of focus, the same kind of attention to detail in practice that will carry over to the next game.”
The Frogs will play two games on the road this week — at No. 22 Baylor on Wednesday and at No. 1 Kansas on Saturday.
Mike Williams played through an elbow injury against Texas, but the point guard is not expected to miss practice, Johnson said.
“Mike’s very tough-minded, has played through a lot,” Johnson added.
Williams had two points, three assists and two turnovers in 31 minutes against Texas.
Also, Dalton Dry will likely be cleared to practice this week, Johnson said. The reserve guard has missed the last five games because of mononucleosis.
Johnson took the blame for the Horned Frogs’ faulty free-throw shooting against Texas, one game after their best showing of the season.
TCU was 13 of 24 at the line after going 35 of 40 against West Virginia.
“That’s my fault. Let’s leave it at that,” he said.
Through three games, TCU is third in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage at 73.0 percent. Last season, the Frogs finished last at 60.7 percent.
TCU men at No. 22 Baylor
7:15 p.m. Wednesday, ESPNews
Ferrell Center, Waco