Jamie Dixon Coach, TCU In 13 seasons at Pittsburgh, Dixon won 328 games but often fielded questions about why his teams didn’t go further in March. Maybe the attention should swing back to all those games his teams win. Texas Christian, 12-21 last season, is 16-7 and firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. But that doesn’t begin to describe the Horned Frogs’ progress in Dixon’s first season coaching his alma mater. TCU is 5-5 in Big 12 play after going 864 in its first four seasons in the league. And Saturday’s 78-63 win gave the Frogs their first regular season sweep of Texas since 1987, when Dixon was a senior guard for a team that was on its way to the Southwest Conference title and its most recent NCAA tournament victory. Pitt, for what it’s worth, is 12-11 after reaching at least 20 wins in 12 of the past 13 seasons.
Syracuse’s NCAA tournament portfolio leaves a lot to be desired. It is 1-7 in games not played in the Carrier Dome. That 33-point loss at home to St. John’s should merit an automatic disqualification. But the Orange’s current streak of four straight wins, three of them against teams in the RPI top 35, is a huge boost considering the overall weakness of the bubble. Now, if Syracuse can’t win something on the road — and the next two games are at Clemson and at Pitt — forget anything was ever said about the Orange in this space.
Syracuse, don’t turn into Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets got two nice home wins in a row (over Notre Dame and Florida State), and people could begin to overlook their not-sogreat record and that they couldn’t beat Ohio at home or get within 50 points of Duke. Then they spit the bit in their next two games, including Saturday at Wake Forest, to fall to 2-7 on the road.