Jamie Dixon’s first season at TCU couldn’t have gone much better. The Horned Frogs went 12-21 last year but are 22-15 this year and have reached the NIT Final Four. TCU plays UCF (24-11) on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.
The best part? The game is at Madison Square Garden.
“About half (of my players) had been to New York City, and none have played in Madison Square Garden – so it’s a new experience,” Dixon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I tried to let them understand – and I think they had that feeling of how great it is to play in Madison Square Garden. It’s always been a dream of mine when I was a kid. As they pointed out to me, I’ve coached 41 times in Madison Square Garden, so it’s always been my favorite place to go to outside of our home arena. It’s good to be back.”
TCU started 11-1 and 14-3 before hitting a rough patch in Big 12 play. From Jan. 18 to March 4, the Horned Frogs went 3-11 during a brutal 14-game stretch. They have since won five of six.
Junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky scored 19 points in a 94-92 second-round overtime win at Iowa and 20 points in a quarterfinal win over Richmond.
If victorious against UCF, TCU will face the winner of Georgia Tech (20-15) versus CSU Bakersfield (25-9) in the NIT Championship on Thursday.