shoot for repeat--More than just a dream--Four!
weeks in the top spot
are a lot of things one could say about the irascible Billy Tubbs. Unsuccessful
is not one of them.
a lot of things one could say about the irascible Billy Tubbs. Unsuccessful
is not one of them. When Billy Tubbs arrived at TCU in 1994, he was known
as "a man who builds college basketball programs." In 14 prior campaigns,
Tubbs had a record that included a dozen 20-game winning seasons, four
Big Eight Conference titles, five trips to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen, three
more to the Elite Eight and one to the final championship game.
then his team would ". . . play hard every minute of the game." He promised
later Tubbs announced he's leaving TCU for undetermined new adventures,
but not before he does his best to finish this season in raucous Billy-style.
At a November press conference, Tubbs said he is still "fired up about
coaching this team."
serve this year out to the very best of my ability," he said. "I am very
excited about this team."
enjoyed their winningest season (27-6) in 1998 under Tubbs' watch -- earning
their first NCAA tournament berth in 11 years. They also scored a perfect
14-0 record in the WAC and finished with a 27-6 record and a final ranking
of 15th in the Associated Press poll that season. They led the nation
in scoring in 1995 (93.7) and again last year (93.6).
the team with its best seven-year stretch in history, going 140-80; winning
one regular season WAC Division title; and qualifying for a school record
of three consecutive postseason tournaments.
the university, Tubbs believes in his team. "These young players have
great futures and will be a great foundation for TCU basketball," he said.
"I have always left programs in good shape, and I believe that TCU will
be no different."
is his name-o
crowd pleaser is expected to lead the team on the court.
take long for junior Bingo Merriex to contribute to the TCU basketball
program. As a true freshman, the three-point specialist played a key role
in victories over the likes of SMU and Fresno State last year. His big
smile, hustle and enthusiasm for the game made him an instant crowd favorite
at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as the band struck up the Bingo song when he
be some of the flash this year, but he won't carry the team alone. Along
with seven returning lettermen, starter Nucleus Smith (who can play point
or off guard) is expected to continue last year's performance when he
averaged 6.9 points on 51.5 percent shooting, all while dishing out 57
assists and picking up 33 steals.
And as usual,
it will be Billyball at its best as Tubbs chases 21 wins toward membership
to the elusive 600 career win club, a mark only 35 other coaches have