Kansas State Wildcats vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/19/14
TCU Horned Frogs (9-15) at Kansas State Wildcats (17-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: Kansas State eyes third place in the Big 12 when they host a TCU side still in search of its first conference win Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Wildcats sit in a tie with Iowa State for 4th place in the conference, dropping to 7-5 after an 87-73 double overtime lost at Baylor Saturday. Junior F Nino Williams had a team-high 20 points and 8 rebounds, freshman G Marcus Foster scored 18 points and dealt 8 assists, and junior F Thomas Gipson added 12 points and 7 boards. K-State struggled from the floor, connecting on 28 of 73 to the Bears’ 30 of 10 and also conceded a 54-40 rebounding advantage. The Wildcats took a 30-21 lead into the break , which they held onto until the 8:54 mark of the second half when Baylor went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 51 with just over 5 minutes remaining. The two sides went back and forth, trading blows until senior G Brady Heslip hit a three-pointer to tie at 57 and the end of regulation and send it to overtime. Neither side was able to open up advantage in the first OT, sending the game to a second extra frame where the Bears instantly built an advantage that never dipped below 8 points. Through 25 games, K-State is averaging 69.3 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting. Foster leads the team with 15.1 ppg, followed by Gipson at 11.6 ppg.
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Meanwhile, time is running thin for TCU to get even one conference win this season. Particularly with a backstretch that includes Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Oklahoma. The Frogs’ fortunes took another one in the gut Saturday in a 95-65 trouncing at then #7 Kansas. It was TCU’s second consecutive loss by 30 or more and its second in a row allowing more than 90 points. The Horned Frogs connected on 46.3 percent from the floor while allowing the Jayhawks to shoot a season-high 61.5 percent from the field. TCU outshot Kansas from beyond the arc 50.0 percent to 26.3 percent, but gave up a 35-18 edge on the boards and committed 17 turnovers. Junior G Kyan Anderson scored a team-high 25 points to go along with 5 assists and junior F Amric Fields added 12 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Horned Frogs are averaging 64.9 ppg on 41.1 percent shooting. Anderson leads the team with 16.6 ppg, followed by Fields at 13.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently at -17 for K-State. Not much of a surprise, considering TCU has reverted back to its lowly self after somehow losing by just five to Texas a couple weeks ago. The Wildcats pummeled the Frogs 65-47 last time around, holding them to a season-low 47 points and 34.7 percent from the floor. Look for a closer game than the spread, though, only because this game and West Virginia are realistically TCU’s last chances at a conference win this season.