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TCU hoops having best season in 20 years

TCU basketball is in the midst of their best season in 20 years.

"We've sold out all our [Big 12 tournament] tickets, for the first time ever," head coach Jamie Dixon said. "So there's a new level of excitement, there's no question about it."

And better yet: "We're playing out best basketball at this point."

TCU starts the Big 12 tournament on Thursday, against Kansas State.

"Our offense is just balanced," Kenrich Williams said. "So balanced that one night [Vlad] can have it going, one night I can have it going, one night Desmond [Bane] can have it going, Kuoat [Noi], you know. We're so balanced. The main thing we need to focus on is playing defense."

Forward Vlad Brodziansky agrees.

"Most of the games were one possession games, so we get one or two more stops, we win those games."

TCU's defense has been better of late. But it's not just as simple as effort.

"Some people think that defense is just 'oh we decided we wanted to play'. That's certainly not the case," Dixon said. "There's technique, there's habits, schemes. I think we have a good understanding of what we're trying to do now, I really do believe we have a good understanding, across the board."

As good as TCU is offensively -- second in the conference in scoring, and leading the Big 12 in field goal percentage and three-point percentage -- the fact that they've finally flipped the switch defensively could make them very dangerous in the postseason.

"I think we could be a problem, in the postseason, because of our offensive balance, and our defensive intensity that's picked up," Williams said. "So I think that we could be a problem."

So maybe plan on seeing TCU playing in late March.