Men’s and women’s basketball teams building off each other’s success

first_imgReddIt Benton McDonald TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Twitter + posts Facebook Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Facebook Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ printTCU’s basketball programs are both in the midst of winning seasons, and the relationship that the two teams share is one of the reasons why.The men’s and women’s teams have a combined record of 29-10 in the 2017-18 season thus far. Both teams have beaten top ten teams and both have their eyes on the NCAA tournament in March.The women have won five straight conference games, and the men secured their first Big 12 win over a top ten opponent against No. 7 West Virginia Monday night.TCU guard Alex Robinson drives past West Virginia guard Jevon Carter. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoThe contrast to the 2012-13 season, TCU’s first in the Big 12, couldn’t be starker. The teams combined for a record of 20-42.Head coaches Raegan Pebley and Jamie Dixon both talked about how the teams are working together to change the culture of basketball in Fort Worth.“We’re close,” Dixon said. “It’s a good thing.”Pebley has taken notice of Dixon’s support.“One of the things I appreciate about Jamie is he believes in women’s basketball,” Pebley said. “He believes that the two sports grow together.”Pebley said she believes some of Dixon’s support comes from his sister, Maggie Dixon. Maggie was the head coach of the Army women’s basketball team and died of a heart attack at the age of 28, weeks after leading Army to their first-ever NCAA tournament.The TCU women played in the annual Maggie Dixon classic earlier this year against Texas A&M.The coaches also pointed to the August trip to Australia when the teams traveled together and competed against Australian teams as part of their preseason.The TCU women’s basketball team pose for a picture in Australia. Photo courtesy: GoFrogs.com“The trip to Australia, both of us doing that together, I don’t know of any other school that has played doubleheaders and is intentional in both teams really changing the culture of basketball and the fans getting behind basketball here in Fort Worth,” Pebley said.Dixon said that the trip allowed the teams to get closer than most other programs in the country.The proximity of the team’s facilities is also another reason why they are closer than most other men’s and women’s programs.The teams share the same practice courts and the offices of the coaching staffs are just across the hall from one another.Both teams play this Saturday with the men going on the road at Vanderbilt and the No. 24 ranked women taking on Oklahoma at home. Courtesy: GoFrogs.com Linkedin Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Previous articleFort Worth mayor attends White House meeting amid sanctuary city debateNext articleRobinson’s recent success no surprise to Dixon, Big 12 Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award last_img

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