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TCU Horned Frogs Men's Basketball
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU Horned Frogs logo.svg
UniversityTexas Christian University
Head coachJamie Dixon (5th season)
ConferenceBig 12
ArenaSchollmaier Arena
(Capacity: 6,700[1])
NicknameHorned Frogs
ColorsPurple and White[2]
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1953, 1959, 1968
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1952, 1953, 1959, 1968, 1987
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1952, 1953, 1959, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1998, 2018
NIT Tournament Champions
NIT Final Four
2017, 2019
NIT Quarterfinals
1983, 1999, 2005, 2017, 2019
NIT Second Round
1983, 1986, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2017, 2019
NIT Tournament Appearances
1983, 1986, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2017, 2019
Conference Regular Season Champions
Southwest Conference
1931, 1934, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1968, 1971, 1986, 1987
Western Athletic Conference

The TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team represents Texas Christian University, located in Fort Worth, Texas, in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. Since 2016,[3] the Horned Frogs have been led by TCU Lettermen's Hall of Fame member,[4] head coach Jamie Dixon.[5] TCU has competed in the Big 12 Conference since 2012, and previously competed in the Mountain West Conference (2005-2012), Conference USA (2001-2005), Western Athletic Conference (1996-2001) and Southwest Conference (1923-1996). The Horned Frogs play their home games on campus at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena, formerly known as Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, which reopened in December 2015 after a $72 million renovation.[6]


Early years

The Horned Frogs began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1908, when the university was located in Waco, Texas.[7] In their first recorded game, the Frogs faced then-cross-town rival Baylor in a 6-37 loss; the Frogs notched their first recorded program win that same season versus the Waco YMCA.[7] TCU moved its campus from Waco to Fort Worth, Texas, after a fire destroyed the central Texas' school's main building in 1910. TCU competed as an independent and as part of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association until joining Southwest Conference competition for the 1923-24 season, where the Frogs won their first-ever SWC game in a January 9, 1924, game at Rice University.[7] During the early, independent and TIAA years, TCU was led by at least six different coaches from 1908 through 1923, and played five or fewer games or did not field teams in 7 of those 15 seasons.[7]

1920s-1970s Southwest Conference era

The Horned Frogs were led into the Southwest Conference in 1923 by a new basketball and football coach, Fort Worth native Matty Bell. Bell transformed the program, accruing a 71-41 (49-30 SWC) record over his six seasons at TCU and leading the Horned Frogs to second, third and fourth place finishes during his tenure.[7] Bell was succeeded by Francis Schmidt, who left the Arkansas Razorbacks to coach TCU basketball and football. On the gridiron, Schmidt led the Frogs to their first SWC title and the gridiron in 1932, and on the hardwood, Schmidt led the Frogs to a combined 72-24 (41-19 SWC) record over five seasons and Southwest Conference championships in 1931 and 1934.[7] The 1931 SWC championship was the Frogs' first league title in men's basketball. Schmidt departed Fort Worth after five seasons to become the head football coach at Ohio State.

Coach Schmidt's departure after the 1934 SWC championship season was followed by a 16-year drought for TCU basketball. TCU football coach Dutch Meyer fared far better leading the Frogs' football team, where he claimed two national championships, in 1935 and 1938, and three SWC football titles over his 19-year football-coaching tenure, than he did in his three seasons at the helm of TCU basketball. Meyer's basketball record from 1934 through 1937 totaled on 10-37 (5-31 SWC).[7] Meyer was replaced by former TCU basketball and football player Mike Brumbelow, who had two SWC wins over the following four seasons, with an overall record of 22-64 (2-46 SWC). Brumbelow was quickly replaced by Hub McQuillan, who led the Frogs to middle-of-the-league finishes in the first 5 of his 7 years as head coach of TCU basketball.[7]

Buster Brannon, a former TCU player under Francis Scmidt, led Horned Frogs basketball for nearly two decades, from 1948 through 1967. Brannon amassed a 205-259 (104-144 SWC) record over 19 seasons and led the Frogs to four Southwest Conference championships in 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1959, and the program's first three NCAA Tournament appearances in 1952, 1953 and 1959.[7] Brannon's recorded faded in the 1960s, when the Frogs finished near the bottom of the league almost every year until Brannon's retirement from coaching in 1967. The Brannon era saw the opening of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (now Schollmaier Arena) in 1961.[7] Johnny Swaim, a former player for Brannon, coached the Frogs from 1967 through 1977. Swaim led the Frogs to Southwest Conference titles and the NCAA Tournament in 1967, his first season at the helm, and in 1971.[7] The Frogs' 1967 NCAA Tournament appearance saw the Frogs' first-ever Tournament win and the program's only appearance in what is now known as the Elite Eight.[7] Swaim abruptly retired from coaching after the 1977 season, remaining in Fort Worth as a businessman until his death in 1995. After Swaim's retirement, Tim Somerville led the Frogs for the following two seasons, notching only a 10-43 (3-29 SWC) record.[7]

Jamie Dixon era

On March 21, 2016, TCU hired Pitt head coach and former Horned Frogs' letterman Jamie Dixon as the Frogs' next head basketball coach.[8] Prior to his return to Fort Worth as the 22nd head coach of TCU basketball, Dixon spent 13 years as the head coach at Pitt, won four national coach of the year awards, and ranked as the 9th winningest, active Division I head coach.[7] Dixon's impact at TCU was immediate, where in his first season he landed Jaylen Fisher, the highest-rated recruit in TCU history, led the Frogs to their best conference record and finish, best overall record, and first postseason tournament since joining the Big 12 in 2012, and knocked off the No. 1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks in the 2017 Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City-marking the program's first-ever win over a #1 ranked team. The Horned Frogs won the 2017 NIT Championship on March 30, to cap off Dixon's first season with a 24-15 record. The Horned Frogs qualified as an at-large bid for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, snapping a 20-year drought.

Season-by-season results

  = Conference Regular Season Champion
  = Conference Tournament Champion
  = Conference Division Champion


NCAA Tournament

The Horned Frogs have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 5-8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
New Mexico State
L 64-68
W 61-44
1953 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Oklahoma A&M
Oklahoma City
L 54-71
W 58-56
1959 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 73-77
W 71-65
1968 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Kansas State
W 77-72
L 68-103
1971 First Round Notre Dame L 94-102
1987 First Round
Second Round
Notre Dame
W 76-60
L 57-58
1998 First Round Florida State L 87-96
2018 First Round Syracuse L 52-57


The Horned Frogs have appeared in eight National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 17-7. They were NIT champions in 2017.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round
Second Round
Arizona State
W 64-62
W 78-76
L 57-67
1986 First Round
Second Round
W 76-69
L 75-77
1992 First Round
Second Round
Long Beach State
W 73-61
L 51-67
1997 First Round
Second Round
Notre Dame
W 85-62
L 72-82
1999 First Round
Second Round
Kansas State
W 72-71
W 101-89
L 68-77
2005 First Round
Second Round
Miami (OH)
Western Michigan
W 60-58
W 78-68
L 73-85
2017 First Round
Second Round
Fresno State
Georgia Tech
W 66-59
W 94-92OT
W 86-68
W 68-53
W 88-56
2019 First Round
Second Round
Sam Houston State
W 80-76
W 88-72
W 71-58
L 44-58


The Horned Frogs have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 1-1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Oregon State
W 83-73
L 81-101

Retired jerseys

TCU has retired four jerseys.[9]

TCU Horned Frogs retired jerseys
No. Player Years
24 Darrell Browder 1979-1983
28 Dick O'Neal 1954-1957
40 Kurt Thomas 1990-1995
54 James Cash Jr. 1966-1969

NBA/ABA players


  1. ^ "Quick Facts 2016-17 TCU Men's Basketball" (PDF). TCU Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Texas Christian University Logo Identity Standards". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Jamie Dixon leaves Pitt to become TCU's next head coach". Sports Illustrated. March 21, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "TCU announces 2007 Lettermen's Hall of Fame class". June 20, 2007. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Why the opportunity to recruit in Texas drew Jamie Dixon back to TCU".
  6. ^ "Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena". TCU Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "2016 TCU Basketball Fact Book". TCU Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Pitt's Jamie Dixon accepts job as TCU's next coach". CBS Sports. March 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "2019-20 TCU Horned Frogs media guide, page 153" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.

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