KINGS OF NEW YORK TCU: 2017 NIT Champions

FORT WORTH TO NEW YORK

The Frogs flew charter from Meacham International Airport to Stewart/Newburgh International Airport.

TCU PRACTICES AT WEST POINT

“Today was special for two reasons. I told our players before we came, to be in this place and see the commitment, work ethic and type of kids, I wanted them to get a little feel for what the cadets do here and the commitment they make to our country. The second thing is personal. I wanted them to know a little about me, my family and my sister who I’m very proud of. I thought it was important to let them know where my sister came from and what she did.” - Jamie Dixon

TCU ADVANCES TO TITLE GAME

  • The Horned Frogs faced their largest deficit of the game, 29-19, before going on a 26-5 run over a 9:28 stretch to lead 45-34 with 15:44 to play.
  • TCU held a 44-35 rebounding edge and improved to 21-6 when outboarding the opponent.
  • Kenrich Williams flirted with his second consecutive triple-double as he had 14 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. It was his 18th double-double of the season.
  • Vladimir Brodziansky’s 18 points put him in double figures in scoring for a team-best 28th time this season, including nine of the last 10 games.
"I told the guys, we love coaching these guys all year long and we just want two more days with them, so they gave us that. We'll look forward to getting ready for Georgia Tech." - Jamie Dixon

FROGS AND THE CITY

TCU was very visible to the 330,000 people that walk through Times Square daily.
"It's crazy. I would have never imagined that I'd be on a billboard in Times Square. It's just a blessing and great for us and our program." - Kenrich Williams
Seven different billboards displayed TCU's Frogs And The City campaign Monday through Friday.
"It shows TCU really believes in us to invest that kind of money and make us feel that special. We really have no choice but to win for everyone." - Alex Robinson
Tagboard allowed others to show up on the big screens through social media.

TCU AT THE WTC

On Wednesday, the Frogs headed to Ground Zero and Freedom Tower.

TCU ROUTS GEORGIA TECH TO WIN NIT TITLE

  • TCU played in and won its first-ever championship game of a postseason tournament.
  • TCU's 24 wins are tied for second (1951-52, 1986-87) in a season in program history, behind only the 27-6 squad in 1997-98.
  • TCU's 12-game victory improvement over last season is the second-largest in program history, trailing the 13-game improvement from 1922-23 to 1923-24.
  • TCU recorded five postseason victories in the same year for the first time in program history. It equaled the Horned Frogs' combined postseason wins dating back to 1999.
  • TCU played the most games (39) in its history and also played the latest (March 30) it ever has in the calendar year.
  • The Horned Frogs had a 44-30 rebounding edge and finished 22-6 this season when outboarding the opponent.
  • Jamie Dixon coached his 43rd game in Madison Square Garden and improved to 28-15 in the facility.
  • Kenrich Williams had a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds to give him a double-double in all five postseason games. Williams recorded his 19th double-double of the season and 21st of his career. He finished the season fifth on TCU's all-time rebounding list at 359.
  • Vladimir Brodziansky scored 18 pints to put him in double figures in scoring for a team-best 29th time this season.
  • Alex Robinson had his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 assists. He finished the season second on TCU's single-season assists chart with 228.
  • Brandon Parrish played in his 136th career game, extending his TCU record for most games played in a career.
  • Brandon's little brother, Josh Parrish, ended the game with a thunderous dunk to bring the final margin of victory to 32, matching the largest margin of victory in an NIT championship game.

AWARD WINNERS

Vladimir Brodziansky and Alex Robinson were named to the All-Tournament team. Kenrich Williams was named the NIT's Most Outstanding Player.
"They have committed to it and they have sacrificed, and you need your seniors and when you come to a program, it's hard. They have had a different coach, obviously challenges, and they had to buy in for us to be successful. And they bought in, and they believed, and they led, in so many ways. But that was the most important thing. And as I've said all throughout, you've been through so much to believe, and to have faith, is really even more impressive, given the situation. So I can't thank them enough." - Jamie Dixon
"This is huge for us. This is huge for our program and our school. I think people are starting to realize that our basketball team is on the map, certainly by winning this tournament. And even next year, I think we'll be even better." - Kenrich Williams
Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building lit up in purple after the Frogs cut down the nets.
"Coach Dixon has brought in a whole new energy to this program. There were times that I thought it would never be possible to have it like this. Now we have the city behind us and when they are behind us, who we got against us?" - Brandon Parrish
Still in his game jersey, Brandon Parrish transported the NIT trophy safely from New York to Fort Worth.

FORT WORTH GOES PURPLE

Fort Worth turns purple Thursday night in support of the Frogs' championship game.
"It's huge for us, knowing we have the support from home. We want to win this championship and bring it back to the TCU campus and Fort Worth." - Kenrich Williams

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