TCU to launch March Madness bid against Arizona State

TCU coach Jamie Dixon. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TCU’s Horned Frogs will launch their bid for a March Madness run as sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region when they play Arizona State Friday night in Denver, Colorado. The Sun Devils crushed Nevada 98-73 in a Wednesday night First Four game. The TCU-Arizona State contest will be televised on truTV at 9:05 p.m. Central time.

Coach Jamie Dixon’s Frogs, No. 22 in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings, enter the tournament with a 21-12 record that includes a January victory over defending national champion Kansas. The Jayhawks drew the No. 1 seed in the West Region and easily defeated Howard, 96-68, on Thursday despite the continued absence of head coach Bill Self, who is recovering from a heart procedure.

Kansas, which ran its record to 28-7 while winning its 16th straight first-round game, is trying to become the first repeat national champion in 16 years.

Kansas won its first two games at the Big 12 Tournament without Self before losing 76-56 to No. 7 Texas in the title game.

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Next up for the Jayhawks is Arkansas, which defeated Illinois 73-63 on Thursday.

Alabama is the overall top seed in the tournament and will play in the South Region. Other No. 1s are Houston (Midwest Region) and Purdue (East Region). CBS Sports has a printable bracket showing all the matchups.