TCU star Mike Miles Jr. says knee is fine as Horned Frogs ready for second-round bout with Gonzaga

After throwing down a monster dunk late in the first half of TCU’s win over Arizona State on Friday at Ball Arena, Horned Frogs star Mike Miles Jr. limped to the sideline and was favoring his right knee, which he hyperextended earlier in the season.

But Miles got back in and finished with a game-high 26 points as TCU beat ASU on JaKobe Cole’s last-second shot, 72-70 — a bucket that was assisted by Miles.

Guess the knee wasn’t too hurt.

Miles indicated as much Saturday, ahead of TCU’s second-round date with Gonzaga on Sunday in Denver and following what Miles said was his best all-time dunk.

“It’s probably number one — I don’t think I had a dunk better than that,” Miles said. “My knee feels good. It stung a little bit, but I’ve been getting treatment. But it feels good… I’ll be ready for (Sunday).”

Miles missed nine games during the regular season, with the knee injury, a foot injury and other health issues sidelining him. He wasn’t the only one in the lineup who struggled to stay healthy as TCU used 15 different starting lineups, the most of any Power 5 team. But with Miles now relatively healthy, No. 6 TCU will be a tough out, even as an underdog to No. 3 Gonzaga.

Mark Few’s Bulldogs were 0-2 against the Big 12 this season, with losses to Texas (93-74 on Nov. 16) and Baylor (64-63 on Dec. 2), and the Horned Frogs believe they can replicate that by making Gonzaga earn its way up the floor.

“The Big 12 is a different intensity on the defensive end, and I think that bothered Gonzaga,” said junior forward Chuck O’Bannon. “We’re going to try to pressure them all game, make them uncomfortable.”

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