“Obviously we need to get a win,” Dixon said. “It’s been a tough five days.”
Tough is putting it lightly. In a 75-69 loss at Texas Tech on Jan. 18, TCU was tied 64-64 with 4:50 to play, before the Red Raiders ended the game on an 11-5 run. Tech has lost just one game in Lubbock this season.
In a 62-53 loss to No. 6 Baylor on Jan. 21, TCU possessed a 48-47 lead with 5:27 remaining. However, Baylor then took the 16th and final lead change and finished the game on a 15-5 run. Two days later at Oklahoma State, TCU never held a lead in its 89-76 loss on Jan. 23, but tied the game 51-51 with 10:39 to play.
The Horned Frogs out-rebounded their opponents in every game of their three-game skid, as well as committing fewer turnovers.
Their problem is a simple one: the shots just aren’t going into the hoop.
The Horned Frogs have shot a combined 69-179 from the floor, 38.5 percent in their three consecutive losses.
“When you out-rebound teams and take care of the ball in all three losses, it’s obvious,” Dixon said. “We just have to knock down shots.”
The three-pointer also hasn’t been going in either, as TCU shot a total of 20-for-78 from three-point range,25.7 percent, during losses to OSU, Texas Tech and No. 5 Baylor.
“We’ve put our offense in place with the thought that the 3-point shot was going to be a big part of it,” Dixon said. “To be honest with you, it’s let us down the last three games. There’s no other way to put it.”
TCU has a 3-0 record all-time in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Last season, TCU defeated Tennessee, 75-63, on Jan. 30, and on Dec. 4, 2014, TCU won at Ole Miss, 66-54. In the first year of the challenge, TCU won at Mississippi State, 71-61, on Dec. 5.
Robinson Jr. is the only TCU player that has faced Auburn. He was a freshman at Texas A&M when the Aggies went 2-1 against the Tigers. He averaged 9.6 points, and 3.0 assists in the three meetings.
The Horned Frogs return home to Schollmaier Arena Saturday against Auburn. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.