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Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

TCU Horned Frogs (9-5) at Baylor Bears (12-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Ferrell Center)

The Line: Baylor Bears -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: Seventh-ranked Baylor suffered an 87-72 trouncing at #9 Iowa State Tuesday in its conference opener, snapping a six-game winning streak and leaving many to wonder whether the Big 12 is indeed the nation’s top conference this season. Meanwhile, TCU is slumping after a 65-47 loss to #25 Kansas State for its second consecutive defeat after entering league play on a five-game roll.

The Breakdown: The Bears played well offensively against Iowa State, shooting 42 percent from the field and connecting on 11 of 25 from beyond the arc, but allowed the Cyclones to shoot 54 percent from the field and score 46 points in the paint. Senior guards Brady Heslip and Gary Franklin each had 15 points, while sophomore C Isaiah Austin added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Baylor raced out early, building a small 15-9 lead by the midway point of the first half until the Cyclones answered with a 15-4 run that took the clock down to the five minute mark. The Bears stormed back with a barrage of three-pointers, including two from Franklin and went into the half trailing 40-38.The two sides traded blows to start the second half until Iowa State opened up a gap five minutes in behind DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim, who sparked a 16-5 run for a lead that would swell to as many as 18 points. Through 14 games, Baylor is averaging 78.4 ppg on 49 percent shooting and senior F Corey Jefferson leads the team with 13.7 ppg.

Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

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TCU suffered a similar spanking against Kansas State Tuesday, only the Horned Frogs were outplayed on both ends of the floor. While shooting 17 of 49 from the field and just 2 of 16 from distance, TCU allowed the Wildcats to shoot 52 percent from the floor and outrebound them 37-21. Junior F Amric Fields had a team high 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting and junior G Kyan Anderson added 12 points and 3 steals. The Frogs trailed 31-21 at the half and came within three points early in the second half, but were never allowed any closer as K-State closed the door with an 11-3 run that took the clock down under 4 minutes. On the season, TCU is averaging 68.5 ppg on 43 percent shooting and Anderson leads the team with 15.9 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -15.5, a big spread despite everything—the revenge factor for Baylor and TCU’s apparent slump. This is still a conference matchup, though, and at this price, the points look like the play.

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