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TCU men still have hope going into second half of Big 12

Forward Amric Fields, putting up a shot against Kansas State, says TCU has “shown that we can play with anybody.”
Forward Amric Fields, putting up a shot against Kansas State, says TCU has “shown that we can play with anybody.” AP

The second half of the Big 12 schedule starts Saturday for the TCU men, who don’t have much to show for the first half.

They won only one of nine games. They came close in four others. They weren’t close in three.

So what’s next?

“Honestly, I think the sky’s the limit for us,” senior forward Amric Fields said, still confident despite Wednesday’s 77-57 loss at Baylor. “We’ve shown that we can play with anybody. We just have to get over the hump, especially in the second half.”

The Horned Frogs (14-8, 1-8 Big 12) still harbor hopes for postseason play of some kind as they play host to Oklahoma (15-7, 6-4) on Saturday. But first, they need at least a winning record, and to make sure of that, they need to win three of the final nine regular-season games.

If they can get to 17 wins or more, perhaps pick up a win in the conference tournament, who knows?

“Exactly. That’s what we talk about,” senior guard Trey Zeigler said. “Postseason is our goal, it continues to be our goal. These games coming up, we think we can steal some games and hopefully put ourselves in a position to be playing late in March.”

The Horned Frogs have a long way to go before that, however. First, they have to get a 15th win, a number they haven’t reached since 2005.

But there are chances left — nine regular-season conference games and at least one conference tournament game.

Coach Trent Johnson just wants to see energy applied toward that goal.

“There’s no secret to it,” he said. “For us, when we’re right — because our margin is pretty slim — we’ve got to be operating on all cylinders, relentless to 50-50 balls. ... You’ve got to be engaged and protect each other and help each other like we talk about all the time. That’s the bottom line.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @calexmendez

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