#108 TCU Horned Frogs: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

In the ever changing world of college conferences, the TCU Horned Frogs make the leap from the Mountain West Conference to the Big 12.  They were originally supposed to head to the Big East but instead decided to stay in a more regional-friendly conference when the Big 12 lost Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC.  It will certainly be an uphill climb for TCU and their new head coach, Trent Johnson.

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Big East On The Way To Becoming Hoops Only Conference?

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With Syracuse and Pitt selling out and heading to the ACC, the Big East is in serious jeopardy of disbanding as a football conference; especially if the rumors are true that UConn and Rutgers will soon follow suit.  With football being at the forefront of these super conference realignments, the most competitive basketball conference in the country is losing elite programs, but could still survive as a hoops only league.

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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (1-11-11)

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There are three different sections to the Big East through two weeks of conference play: The top tier, potential NCAA Tournament teams, and the bottom five.  Pitt, Syracuse, and Villanova have earned the title of the teams to beat but the next eight are battling for their tourney lives already… and it is only the second week of January.  Here are my updated Big East basketball power rankings.

By: David Kay
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Big East Basketball Power Rankings (1/3/11)

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Cincinnati is still unbeaten.  West Virginia is really struggling.  UConn needs someone else to step up besides Kemba WalkerTCU is coming to water down the conference.   We learned a lot in the first week of Big East play so here are my updated power rankings.  Be sure to check back every Monday for an update.

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Rejoice TCU! You’re joining the Big East, and will soon have BCS Chances

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In a deal that’s great for both parties involved. TCU joined the Big East conference today. If you’ve watched ESPN College Football Gamenight this season, you’ve noticed their running gags “Big East Bound and Down” and the “ACC Wheel of Destiny” to make fun of how mediocre, or just plain the respective conferences are.

Although this move will not help the TCU Horned Frogs this season, when it comes to possibly getting into the BCS title game. At least in a couple of years, their chances of not getting screwed by the BCS will be a lot, lot smaller. Being in a power conference and playing a power conference schedule will make a huge difference. Because right now they’re not in a conference that brings anything to the table.

And this is great for the Big East, since they’re football is even worse than the ACC, which means it’s downright pathetic.

By Paul M. Banks

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