Fresh off their Saturday night win over Colorado State, the Horned Frogs are facing a schedule that will make it hard to close out the season as a showdown against No. 8 New Mexico on Wednesday night in Albuquerque looms large.
The then-No. 23 Lobos defeated the Horned Frogs (13-16, 5-9 Mountain West) in Fort Worth in January, 73-57. New Mexico (27-3, 13-2 MWC) is currently ranked first in the conference and defeated No. 14 BYU on Saturday, 83-81.
While it might be hard to confuse Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse most nights, Saturday night's 73-67 Horned Frog victory felt like a made-for-ESPN game.
In a hard fought contest featuring six ties and nine lead changes, the Horned Frogs (13-16, 5-9 Mountain West) capitalized on Colorado State (15-13, 6-8) turnovers and missed shots down the stretch to fend off a Ram victory.
As the basketball season begins to fade away, so too has TCU's chance at Mountain West Conference respectability.
The Horned Frogs (12-15, 4-8 MWC) were never really in contention from the start of Tuesday's game, down by double digits for most of the contest on the way to a 68-51 loss to San Diego State (19-7, 8-4).
With the loss, the Frogs have virtually assured themselves of a fifth-straight sub-.500 finish, considering their last four games of the season come against conference foes with winning records, including No. 12 New Mexico and No. 16 BYU.
In a fight to regain Mountain West Conference respectability, the men's basketball team couldn't carry the momentum for a full 40 minutes, dropping a 64-55 decision to the Utah Utes Wednesday night.
The game was hard-fought on both sides, featuring nine lead changes and seven ties.
The Horned Frogs (11-14, 3-7 MWC) kept it close in the first half of the game holding the Utes (11-12, 4-5) to 42.3 percent shooting, going to the locker room with a 32-29 deficit.
Though Charles Dickens isn't required reading in many college classes, the men's basketball team could certainly identify with the best of times and the worst of times in their game versus No. 23 New Mexico.
A strong first half punctuated by a last second three-pointer from sophomore guard Ronnie Moss to bring the Horned Frogs (10-12, 2-5 MWC) within two quickly faded into memory as the team lost 73-57 Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum thanks to a subpar second-half performance.
While it wasn't a 153-point performance like their last game against the UT-Pan American Broncs during the 1997 season, the Frogs won at home Wednesday night to creep above .500 heading into the meat of their conference schedule.
A 70-58 victory saw the ball shared quite a bit, with eight TCU players scoring at least five points as the Frogs improved to 10-9 and the Broncs dropped to 3-17.
Three Horned Frog players scored in double figures during the night, with sophomore guard Ronnie Moss and senior forward Zvonko Buljan tallying double-doubles.
I like Jim Christian and the basketball team. I really do.
But I've been around long enough to know not to expect much from TCU men's basketball.
Too many times during the past four years we have seen the Horned Frogs get out to a decent start, like last year's false-hope-inspiring 4-1 record to open Mountain West play, only to wilt like a purple rose in the middle of the desert. The 2009 iteration of the team proceeded to lose its next six conference games.
Given that alcohol violations have increased 70 percent this fall as compared to last, it is abundantly clear that students living on campus need to exercise more discretion in their consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Such a marked increase in the occurrence of the violations shows that dorm room get-togethers and groups returning from a night out are quickly evolving into loud nuisances to other residents of on-campus living facilities.
On Halloween, as the then BCS No. 6-ranked Horned Frogs took on University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Versus cameramen panned to rows upon rows of unoccupied seats, exposing a huge flaw for TCU's nationally prominent football team, now ranked fourth in the nation.
The average home attendance for the 2009 season currently stands at 34,247 fans, about 77 percent of the stadium's total capacity of 44,358 people. While Saturday's game against the University of Utah is sold out, the Horned Frogs' last home sellout was in 2006 against Texas Tech, more than three years ago.
To many students, student body officer elections are just a time for campaign stickers and free food that candidates sometimes offer.
However, the importance of the elections should not be lost on the student body. Student Government Association represents every student on campus.
While taking free breakfast tacos or rocking a fashionable campaign sticker might be nice for a day, students shouldn't forget what all of the fanfare is about.