TCU hasn't played in the NCAA Tournament since 1998 and has made just two appearances in the last 40 years. However, the program has a blueprint for success in the Horned Frogs' football program plus it brings in Trent Johnson, a veteran coach who has guided teams at Nevada, Stanford and LSU to NCAA appearances. Last season under Jim Christian, TCU had its first winning seasons in seven years.
Coach: Trent Johnson, 1st season; 226-185 in 13 seasons.
Last season: 18-15 overall, 7-7 in Mountain West Conference.
NCAA Tournament: Did not participate.
Senior forward Garlon Green (9.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg); junior foward Amric Fields (9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg); 5-11, sophomore guard Kyan Anderson (8.3 ppg, 3.8 assists per game), sophomore forward Devonta Abram, freshman center Aaron Durley, freshman guard Charles Hill, freshman guard Clyde Smith III.
Coach Johnson says
"We're going to play as fast as we can play well. This team, I fully expect to play like all of my teams. I don't know how good a team we're going to be in terms of wins and losses but people are going to look out there and they're going to say, you know what, they play together, they act right, that's a good team."
Junior forward Amric Fields was named the Mountain West Conference's 6th man of the year. He led all bench players in scoring during league play, averaging 9.6 points per game. ... Sophomore Kyan Anderson was named Mountain West Conference freshman of the year last season. He started 22 of the last 33 games. ... Sophomore Davonta Abram, a 6-8 forward, transferred from Arkansas and was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. Last season with the Razorbacks he started 22 of 32 games, averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. ... TCU must replace Hank Thorns and J.R. Cadot, the top two scorers and only players to start every game during an 18-15 season that ended with an opening-round loss in the College Basketball Invitational.
Nov. 9 vs. Cal Poly
Top nonconference games
Nov. 15 vs. SMU
Nov. 23 vs. Northwestern
Dec. 4 Houston
Dec. 9 at Tulsa
Jan. 5 Texas Tech