TCU hosts NIT Quarterfinal matchup against Richmond
Coming off a 94-92 overtime road win against Iowa, the Horned Frogs have one last opportunity to send the Fort Worth faithful home happy with a NIT quarterfinal matchup with the Richmond Spiders. The winner of this game will advance to the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I’m looking forward to the crowd and the atmosphere,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “I wanted our four seniors to go out with the atmosphere and remember this kind of crowd, a packed house because these four guys have done so much for us.”
Senior guards Michael Williams and Brandon Parrish and senior forwards Karviar Shepherd and Chris Washburn Jr. will certainly relish their last time playing in front the TCU community.
“For me and the rest of our seniors, it’s going to be our last home game ever, so it’s going to be emotional,” TCU guard Brandon Parrish said.
Winning in the postseason has also give Parrish an extra opportunity: the ability to extend his program-record for most games played.
“It’s an amazing feeling to continue to add onto my legacy in a beautiful fashion, and it’s been an unbelievable feeling to continue to extend my college career with the team I love,” Parrish said. “This has been a great experience, and that I have more games with my team and can play one more game at home, is just a dream come true.”
The Richmond Spiders, the team standing between TCU and playing under the bright lights in New York, will give TCU another tough test.
“They’re a unique team in how they play and they’re a team that can space the floor with five guys and create an interesting match-up with [T.J.] Cline, so it’ll be a challenge for us defensively on one day of preparation, but we’ll be looking forward to it,” Dixon said.
Spiders forward T.J. Cline was named Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year, finishing sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.1 points-per-game, fifth in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds-per-game, and second in assists averaging 5.6 rebounds-per-game.
“Cline is an interesting matchup, and he’s a point-center in how he plays,” Dixon said.
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