Oklahoma Sooners vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/22/14
TCU Horned Frogs (9-8) at Oklahoma Sooners (14-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: 25th-ranked Oklahoma saved itself from being bounced from the national rankings this week by following the loss to Kansas State with its upset of then #12 Baylor Saturday. The Sooners will now look to build on the win when they host a slumping TCU side Wednesday that's still searching for its first conference win.
The Breakdown: The Sooners have yet to string a couple of wins together since opening conference play with an 88-85 victory over Texas, sandwiching their two losses to Kansas and Kansas State with stunning defeats of highly-regarded (at the time) Iowa State and Baylor teams. With Oklahoma State and another matchup with Iowa State looming in the near future, the next two outings against TCU and Texas Tech might provide OU with its best chance at consecutive wins for a while. On the season, the Sooners have played the country’s 16th-ranked schedule and rank 9th nationally with 84. 7 ppg, 49th in rpg with 38.8, 72nd in apg with 14.6 and 137th with a 45 percent shooting average. Senior F Cameron Clark leads the team in scoring with 17.1 ppg, followed by sophomore G Buddy Hield with 16.6 ppg.
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Meanwhile, TCU has just about sealed its Big 12 fate with its latest loss to Texas Tech Saturday. The Horned Frogs shot less than 30 percent from the field for the second consecutive game, totaling a dismal 10 of 49 from the field and 2 of 10 from outside the arc. TCU has now dropped five straight by big double-digit margins and averaged just 55.4 ppg in that stretch, or about 10 points per game below its season average. Against the Red Raiders, not much went right for the Frogs, aside from a 14-0 run right before the end of the half that gave them a 24-23 lead. TCU’s advantage would be brief, though, erased 15 seconds into the second half and Tech would never trail again. Junior F Amric Fields was the high man 15 points and 8 rebounds. Through 17 games, the Horned Frogs are averaging 65.9 ppg on 41 percent shooting and junior G Kyan Anderson leads the team with 14.6 ppg, followed by Fields at 13.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -15.5 for Oklahoma. Calling this a game a cover is saying that TCU is about to get smoked for the sixth straight time. And as hard as that it is to do, the Frogs’ slimmest margin of defeat in this five-game slide is an 11-point home loss to Texas Tech. Outside of that, the margins have been enormous—15, 18, 26 and 32 to be exact. Moreover, OU is at home and looking to distance itself from the K-State loss. Look for Oklahoma to cover.
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