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TCU coach takes upset in stride

TCU fans flood the floor of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum after the Horned Frogs defeated the Jayhawks, 62-55, Wednesday at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

TCU fans flood the floor of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum after the Horned Frogs defeated the Jayhawks, 62-55, Wednesday at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

February 7, 2013

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 62-55 loss to TCU on Feb. 6, 2013.

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— Texas Christian University basketball coach Trent Johnson didn’t appear to be overly excited following his team’s stunning 62-55 victory over No. 5 Kansas University on Wednesday.

There was a reason for that, he said.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for the team we just beat. I’ve got a lot of respect,” Johnson said. “That guy that coaches that team (KU coach Bill Self) is not one of the top five best coaches in this country; he’s one of the top five coaches in basketball, period.

“Trust me when I tell you, they might as well crown them now. Teams go through lulls.”

Johnson only took partial credit for his team’s first conference win as part of the Big 12.

“The only way you beat a great team, a well-coached team, a team with the kind of tradition they have (is for them) to not be at their best,” Johnson said. “Let’s not kid ourselves.”

Johnson finally let out a big exhale with seven seconds left and his team up eight points while at the free-throw line.

The 14th-year coach had seen too many crazy comebacks in his life to take it easy before that.

“It means a lot for everybody who’s a fan,” Johnson said. “It means a lot for these kids, because they were struggling.”

TCU (10-12, 1-8 Big 12) entered the contest winless in conference play. The Horned Frogs’ closest game was a nine-point home loss to Texas Tech on Jan. 5.

“Obviously, we’ve had tough years, and we’re having a tough year right now,” TCU senior Garlon Green said. “But this is a big win, and we need to carry this momentum.”

TCU benefited from a great start defensively.

Johnson’s defensive plan was for his players not to let KU center Jeff Withey get position deep while also jamming KU guard Ben McLemore to take away his initial move.

The Jayhawks scored just two points in the game’s first 12:05, making one of 13 field goals with seven turnovers.

“We knew going in that we were going to have to play extremely well offensively and defensively — extremely hard — and they were going to have to help us,” Johnson said. “When I say help us, obviously, they missed a lot of shots they probably would (normally) make.”

It was TCU’s first victory over a top-five opponent in 21 tries.

“We come out here every day, put our heart and soul into it every night, every morning,” Green said. “I’ve grown up, since being 3 years old, having a dream to beat Kansas or beat anybody. I’ve always believed in myself.”

At the end of his news conference, Johnson asked to be excused so he could try to get four hours of sleep instead of his customary three.

He was heading on a recruiting flight at 9 this morning, he said. And after that, TCU had seven conference games to go — including a Feb. 23 rematch against KU.

“We have to go to Lawrence,” Johnson said, “and that’s not going to be fun.”

Comments

mae 1 year, 10 months ago

Congratulations TCU. I hope your visit to lawrence has time for your team to visit around the tradition.

Yogi 1 year, 10 months ago

It was hard not to be happy for TCU last night. They played, I think, as well as they could. They hustled and were trying their best to win the game. KU, on the other hand, obviously has some serious issues they need to address in short order. I'm concerned there might me much more at stake here than just the loss of a good season. The problems with this team could have a bad impact on future KU teams as well. What recruit wants to be a part of something like that which happened last night. I will always root for the Jayhawks and pray they find the answers. Their sickness is causing the entire Jayhawk Nation to feel nauseous. Please, Get Well Soon Jayhawks!

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