Postgame Notes: TCU Wins NIT Championship


March 30, 2017

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TCU MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
TCU vs. Georgia Tech
NIT Championship
Attendance: 5,029
Final: TCU 88, Georgia Tech 56

Team Notes
* TCU (24-15) played in the championship game of a postseason tournament for the first time in program history and recorded its first title.
* 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.
* The Horned Frogs' 32-point win matched the largest margin of victory in an NIT championship game. In 1964, Bradley beat New Mexico 86-54.
* 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.
* TCU's senior class of Brandon Parrish, Karviar Shepherd, Chris Washburn and Michael Williams closed their careers with an NIT championship after going 0-18 in Big 12 play as freshmen in 2013-14.
* TCU never trailed, scoring the game's opening 10 points and leading 14-1 to start the contest.
* The Horned Frogs held Georgia Tech without a field goal for the game's opening 5:04.
*The Horned Frogs had a 44-30 rebounding edge and are now 22-6 this season when outboarding the opponent.
* TCU led 38-27 at the half and was 20-2 when ahead at the intermission this season.
* Eleven of 12 Horned Frogs who saw action scored.
* TCU and Georgia Tech met for just the third time on the hardwood and the first time since 1967. The Horned Frogs were 0-2 against the Yellow Jackets.
* TCU was without starting freshman guard Jaylen Fisher, who suffered a broken left wrist against Fresno State in the NIT's opening round and was sidelined for the season.

Individual Notes
* Kenrich Williams was named the NIT's Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Vladimir Brodziansky and Alex Robinson.
* TCU's Jamie Dixon is now 22-13 as a head coach in postseason play.
* Dixon coached his 43rd game in Madison Square Garden and is now 28-15 in the facility.
* Dixon won his second tournament title in Madison Square Garden. He captured the Big East Tournament with Pitt in 2008.
* 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.
* Williams' team-best 12 rebounds gave him 359 on the year, moving him past H.E. Kirchner (348, 1958-59) into fifth place on the Horned Frogs' single-season list.
* Williams led TCU in rebounding for a team-best 30th time this season.
* Brodziansky's 18 points put him in double figures in scoring for a team-best 29th time this season, including 10 of the last 11 games.
* Brodziansky scored the game's opening six points.
* Robinson equaled a career-high, set against Iowa in the NIT second round, with 11 assists. He finished the season second on TCU's single-season assists chart with 228, trailing only Tony Edmond (234, 1989-90).
* Robinson's 10 points put him in double figures for the fourth time in the last five games.
* Robinson recorded his third double-double on the season.
* JD Miller scored nine points for the second-straight game, matching his highest output since totaling 10 Feb. 22 at Kansas.
* Desmond Bane made his fourth consecutive start after not having started a game since Dec. 7 at SMU.
* Brandon Parrish played in his 136th career game, extending his TCU record.
 

 

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