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TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14

Kansas State Wildcats (11-3) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)

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

TV: ESPN3.com

25th-ranked Kansas State looks to keep surging after upsetting Oklahoma State when they face TCU Tuesday.

The Wildcats are 11-3 and making their first appearance in the top 25 this week after a 74-71 upset of then #7 Oklahoma State Saturday for their ninth consecutive victory.  Kansas State shot just 22 of 60 from the field while allowing the Cowboys to hit 40 percent from the floor, but capitalized on several late Ok State mistakes. Freshman G Marcus Foster had a team-high 17 points and 8 rebounds on 6 of 13 shooting, while junior F Nino Williams added 15 points and connected on 7 of 9 from the stripe. Neither side was able to open up an advantage in the first half and the Wildcats went into the break trailing 38-37. The second half saw much of the same until the Cowboys went up by 4 at the 13-minute mark on a Marcus Smart dunk and foul, but Smart was called for a technical for hanging on the rim and the run was quickly snuffed out. K-State stayed close and took the lead for good at the 4:50 mark. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 67.9 ppg on 41 percent shooting and Foster leads the team with 14.0 ppg.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14

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TCU, meanwhile, dropped its big 12 opener 74-69 at home to West Virginia Saturday, snapping a five-game winning streak. The Horned Frogs shot 47 percent from the field and hit 9 of 19 from beyond the arc, but struggled from the line, connecting on 10 of 17. Junior F Amric Fields was the high man with 22 points on 8 of 13 from the floor and 2 of 5 from distance, while freshman F Brandon Parrish added 18 points, including 4 three-pointers. The two sides traded leads eight times in the first half and neither led by more than five points. WVU led 42-39 at the half and their advantage was never threatened until Parrish hit a three-pointer with 3:06 remaining, trimming the lead to 67-65, but the Frogs would get no closer.  TCU is averaging 70.2 ppg on 44 percent shooting and junior G Kyan Anderson leads the team with 16.2 ppg.

The line in this one is currently set at -5.5 for K-State and while the Wildcats have been a surprise, they’ve had a lot of narrow escapes, including a puzzling 64-62 result against South Dakota. TCU’s been on the other side of those close calls, which has to change at some point,

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