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As milestones go, thumb TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon has had plenty of four-game winning streaks in his career.

But none of the others have allowed him to post the fastest start to any coaching tenure at his alma mater. That is the bottom line to Monday’s 80-71 triumph over Illinois State at Schollmaier Arena, online a victory secured by a 9-0 closing run over the final 42 seconds on a night when the Horned Frogs (4-0) spent more time trailing than leading.


TCU coach Gary Patterson blamed himself for creating a lack of confidence in his defense earlier in the season but said it is starting to come back, cheap despite Saturday’s 34-10 loss at West Virginia.

“We just haven’t made plays,” Patterson said. “A little bit of that is my fault. I was tough on them, I think they lost their confidence early. We’re starting to gain it. We’re starting to come back.”


A brief moment of confusion and panic occurred at Saturday’s football game between Texas Christian University and West Virginia. After a third-quarter pile up, TCU’s defensive lineman Aaron Curry began choking on his helmet’s chin strap after it wrapped around his neck.

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