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TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/4/14

West Virginia Mountaineers (8-5) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)

The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

TCU welcomes West Virginia Saturday with both sides heading into conference play looking to build on wins in their last outings.

The Horned Frogs are 9-3 and open their Big 12 slate with momentum, having won five straight by double digit margins and nine of ten after opening the season with back to back losses.TCU has had a fairly light beginning to it season, though, with a 10-3 Mississippi State squad and 12-1 Harvard its most notable opponents to this point. West Virginia, with its high pressure defense, could provide the Frogs with one their stiffest tests to date and with two of the Big 12’s best, #9 Baylor and #6 Oklahoma State, looming in the near future, a win here would afford TCU some much-needed breathing room. Led by junior G Kyan Anderson (16.5 ppg, 5.3 apg) and junior F Amric Fields (13.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg), the Horned Frogs are averaging 70.3 ppg on 43 percent from the field.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/4/14

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West Virginia, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 8-5 and slumping a bit with losses in three of its last five. The Mountaineers routed William & Mary 82-45 in their last outing, however, behind 49 percent shooting and four different players hitting double-figures in scoring, including a season-high 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting from sophomore G Terry Henderson. A win here would also go a long way for a West Virginia team with a backloaded schedule that includes two games against #6 Oklahoma State in the next three weeks and a gauntlet to close with games against Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas making up three of its final five. Led by sophomore G Enron Harris and (18.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and junior G Juwan Staten (16.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 6.3 apg), the Mountaineers are averaging 81.1 ppg on 46 percent shooting.

The line in this matchup is currently set at -5.5 for West Virginia and this should be a good one with two teams in a must-win situation as the nation’s toughest conference at the moment only promises treacherous things. WVU has had the tougher road, though, with two narrow losses to ranked opponents, while TCU has yet to face anyone near the top 25. Look for the Mountaineers to cover.

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