TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14
Kansas Jayhawks (14-4) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 8th-ranked Kansas takes its unblemished conference record on the road Saturday to face a slumping TCU team on the opposite side of the Big 12 spectrum.
The Breakdown: The Jayhawks have already faced the conference’s best on their first go around and turned them all away with barely a scare. An 80-78 squeaker over then #9 Oklahoma State Jan. 8 has been Kansas’ slimmest margin of victory and even that game wasn’t closely contested until the Jayhawks squandered an 11-point lead with less than two minutes remaining. Kansas improved to 5-0 after its 78-68 handling of Baylor Monday, shooting over 55 percent from the field for the second straight time. The Jayhawks hit 23 of 40 from the floor and 6 of 15 from distance, while holding the Bears to 39 percent from the field and 13 of 27 from outside the arc. Sophomore F Perry Ellis led all scorers with 18 points to go along with 5 rebounds and freshman G Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and 7 boards. On the season, Kansas ranks 39th nationally at 78.9 ppg and 4th at 50.6 percent shooting. Wiggins leads the team with 15.2 ppg, followed by Ellis at 13.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, TCU has yet to win a game in Big 12 play and sits in last place at 0-6. The Horned Frogs looked better in a 77-69 loss to #25 Oklahoma Wednesday, their first single-digit loss since opening conference play Jan.4. TCU shot 43.1 percent from the field to Oklahoma’s 47.3, but struggled from distance, connecting on just 5 of 17.The Frogs also committed 16 turnovers. Junior G Kyan Anderson had a game-high 23 points, including 3 of 6 from outside the arc, while junior F Amric Fields scored 15 points and freshman C Karviar Shepard added 12 point and 11 rebounds. Through 18 games, TCU is averaging 66.1 ppg on 41.3 percent shooting. Anderson leads the team with 15.1 ppg, followed by Fields at 13.8 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -15 for TCU. The Frogs lost to Oklahoma by 8 Monday when the Sooners were favored by 16.5. Either TCU’s finally coming on or the Sooners had a letdown. Either way, the Horned Frogs did finally have a decent shooting day and they’re playing at home so the points might be the better option right now.
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