TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/4/14
Texas Longhorns (17-4) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 15th-ranked Texas looks to build on its upset of high-flying Kansas when visit TCU Tuesday.
The Breakdown: The Longhorns catapulted up the rankings after their upset of then #6 Kansas Saturday, improving to 6-2 in the Big 12 for second place. Texas shot 42.9 percent from the floor and connected on 3 of 10 from outside the arc, while holding the Jayhawks to 38.5 percent from the field and 6 of 14 from distance. The Longhorns also finished with a 44-37 advantage on the boards and 12 blocks. Freshman G Isaiah Taylor scored a game-high 23 points, including 8 of 8 from the free throw line, and junior F Jonathan Holmes added 22 points. On the season, Texas is averaging 77.7 ppg on 44.5 percent shooting. Holmes leads the team with 13.4 ppg, followed by Taylor at 12.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, TCU is still in search of its first Big 12 win, reeling at 0-8 for last place in the conference. The Horned Frogs suffered their 8th straight defeat 60-54 at Texas Tech Saturday, shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from outside the arc to the Red Raiders’ 47.1 percent from the field and 1 of 16 from downtown. TCU finished with a 27-26 edge on the boards, but committed 20 turnovers. Junior G Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 22 points to go with 5 rebounds and junior F Amric Fields added 9 points and 7 boards. Through 20 games, the Horned Frogs are averaging 65.6 ppg on 41.;6 percent shooting. Anderson leads the team with 15.3 ppg, followed by Fields at 13.4ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -6.5 for Texas. These two haven’t hooked up yet, but the Horns have the size and athleticism advantages at work here, not to mention Texas’ only two league losses against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were decisive losses for the Frogs. One by 32 points and the other by 8 Look for Texas to cover.