Kansas vs. TCU - Big 12 Championship - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
TCU Horned Frogs (18-14) at Kansas Jayhawks (24-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The TCU Horned Frogs and Kansas Jayhawks will battle at the Sprint Center this Thursday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the Big 12 Championship.
The TCU Horned Frogs (18-14) was able to defeat the Kansas State Wildcats 67-65 on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship. TCU was able to shoot 47.4% from the field and held Kansas State to just 16.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Chris Washburn who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. TCU is ranked 127th in the RPI Standings and has played the 113th rated SOS. On the season, the Horned Frogs have been led by Kyan Anderson (13.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg) and Trey Zeigler (9.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg). TCU averages 68.5 ppg (ranked 150th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 162nd). The Horned Frogs average 4.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 315th) and shoot just 61.5% from the free-throw line (ranked 341st). TCU averages 11.9 turnovers per game (ranked 100th) and 13.3 apg (ranked 115th). Defensively, TCU is holding their opponents to 62.2 ppg (ranked 67th) on 39.8% shooting (ranked 47th). The Horned Frogs average 5.4 bpg (ranked 15th) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 77th).
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The 9th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks finished the season with a 24-7 record and gained the number 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship with a 13-5 conference record. Kansas won their 11th straight Big-12 regular-season championship however, enter the Big-12 Championship with some injury/eligibility concerns with a few of their important players, Perry Ellis (knee injury) and Cliff Alexander (eligibility). The Jayhawks are ranked 2nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 1st ranked SOS. Kansas’s biggest wins on the season were against Utah, Baylor (twice), Iowa State, Michigan State, and Oklahoma.
Kansas is averaging 71.9 ppg (ranked 68th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 136th). The Jayhawks average 13.5 apg (ranked 99th) and shoot 38.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 41st). Kansas commits 12.5 turnovers per game (ranked 167th) and is shooting 72.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 70th). Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 65.1 ppg (ranked 141st) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 33rd). The Jayhawks are holding teams from 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 66th) and 5.1 bpg (ranked 26th). Kansas pulls down 38.16 total rpg (ranked 25th) and have a rebound margin of 3.8 (ranked 62nd). On the season, the Jayhawks have been led by Perry Ellis (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Frank Mason III (12.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.4 spg).
The Horned Frogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jayhawks are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Kansas was able to defeat TCU in both of their matchups earlier this season (64-61 @ TCU & 81-72 @ home). Kansas looks as if they will be without Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander for this matchup however, they still have plenty of offensive weapons in Frank Mason III and Kelly Oubre Jr. TCU looked impressive against Kansas State and will need to depend on their defensive for them to have a chance in this one. Kansas is a great team and showed that they still can play against the best teams without some of their star players in their recent 75-73 loss at Oklahoma. TCU has one of the better players in the conference in Kyan Anderson and as they’ve played Kansas tough in both match-up this season, I think they’ll be able to keep it closer than people expect. Take TCU and the points.