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TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/24/14

Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-10) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-17)

College Basketball: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)

The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

Storyline: The Oklahoma State Cowboys look to string together some wins and reassert themselves in the Big 12 when they visit TCU Monday.

The Breakdown: The Cowboys took a big step towards redemption in Marcus Smart’s first game back from suspension, improving to 5-9 in the conference after an 84-62 rout of Texas Tech Saturday. Smart wasn’t the high man, but the sophomore guard’s contributions went far beyond scoring the basketball, as he finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 6 steals and looked every bit the key cog. Junior F Le’Bryan Nash scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, and G Phil Forte had 20 points, including 4 of 8 from downtown. Ok State shot a stellar 56.9 percent from the floor and connected on 7 of 18 from outside the arc to the Red Raiders’ 47.1 percent from the field and 5 of 15 from three-point range. The Cowboys came away with a slim 27-26 advantage on the boards and converted 19 of 23 from the free throw line. Through 27 games, Ok State is averaging 81.3 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting. Smart leads the team with 17.5 ppg, followed by senior G Markel Brown at 17.1 ppg.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/24/14

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TCU, meanwhile, is sputtering towards a winless Big 12 record, dropping to 0-14 after suffering a 71-60 home loss to 17th-ranked Iowa State Saturday. The Horned Frogs struggled from the field, connecting on 36.7 percent to the Cyclones’ 48.3 percent, but topped Iowa State from outside the arc 3 of 12 to 1 of 11. TCU also conceded a 38-35 rebounding edge. Junior G Kyan Anderson scored a team-high 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting, freshman C Karviar Shepherd had 14 points and a game-high 15 boards, and senior G Jarvis Ray added 10 points and 4 rebounds. On the season, the Frogs are averaging 64.3 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting. Anderson leads the team with 16.9 ppg, followed by junior F Amric Fields at 13.1 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -9.5 for Oklahoma State. Evidenced by their performance against Texas Tech, the Cowboys fully understand the gravity of their situation. They’re essentially on the postseason bubble with four games left to play their way in. Look for Ok State to get closer and cover. 

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