Fort Worth -- TCU's basketball program has already had a game-changing moment this season, but their NIT berth gives them the opportunity to look for more.

"I think {beating Kansas} will be something we look back on as the turning point of the program," said head coach Jamie Dixon, of the Frogs Big 12 tournament win over top-ranked Kansas last week.

"That right there just shows you we're going in the right direction," said guard Alex Robinson.

But for now, they'll have to take a detour. The signature win not enough to erase a 7-game losing slide to end the regular season.

So, the Frogs settle for their first NIT appearance in 12 years. It's not the big dance, but still significant for seniors like Brandon Parrish. He vividly remembers the Frogs winless Big 12 season just 3 years ago.

"This beats nothing," said Parrish with a chuckle, "we're glad to be here and we see this as an opportunity to make history."

Dixon says they've come pretty far when you consider that 0-and-18 conference campaign wasn't that long ago, "They've laid some groundwork," says Dixon.

Making the NIT also means more time together, more time to continue to build a program moving in the right direction. The Frogs top six scorers this season will all return.

"It's big," says Robinson. "It's more games, we get to gel more and get our chemistry right."

The frogs will begin dancing in the NIT Wednesday at home against Fresno St., but their desired destination is more than 15-hundred miles away. The goal is the Garden.

"Its always been a dream of mine to go see the Garden, and go see Times Square," says Parrish.

Robinson echoed the sentiment, "Playing at Madison Square Garden, to me that's the best stadium to play at in the United States. Just to get there and experience the history...would be amazing.

They're three wins away from reaching that Garden goal and providing more proof the game really has changed at TCU.