TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/18/14
Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-8) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Texas Tech looks to string some wins together after its first in conference play, while TCU looks to snap its winless Big 12 skid when the two do battle at Daniel Myer Coliseum in Fort Worth Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Red Raiders rose up out of the ashes to stun #12 Baylor 82-72 Wednesday, shooting a lights out 57 percent from the field and 5 of 11 from downtown, while holding the Bears to 26 of 63 from the floor and just 4 of 20 from outside the arc. Tech also finished with a 35-29 advantage on the boards. Senior F Jaye Crockett had a team-high 19 points and hit 2 of 3 from distance, while sophomore G Toddrick Gotcher scored 17 points and junior G Rober Turner added 14 points. Through 17 games, the Red Raiders are averaging 74.2 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Crockett leads the team with 14.7 ppg, followed by junior F Jordan Tolbert at 12.4 ppg.
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TCU, meanwhile, is now the only Big 12 team without a conference win. After the narrow loss against West Virginia in their conference opener, the Horned Frogs have gotten dismantled by large double-digit margins against K-State, Baylor and Ok State in their last outing. The Cowboys routed TCU 82-50 Wednesday behind a dismal 29 percent from the field and just 2 of 14 from distance. The Frogs allowed Ok State to shoot 28 of 60 from the floor and 8 of 16 from beyond the arc. TCU also got dominated on the boards 46-33 and committed 12 turnovers. Freshman C Karviar Shepard was the high man with 13 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Horned Frogs are averaging 66.9 ppg on 42 percent shooting and junior G Kyan Anderson leads the team with 15.1 ppg, followed by junior F Amric Fields at 13.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -1.5 for Texas Tech and the Red Raiders now have two Big 12 upsets already. But there’s still a ton to play in what could be the nation’s toughest conference right now. Battle of the basement would have been a little more appropriate had the Red Raiders not upset Baylor, but Tech looks to be clawing its way out. Look for them to continue climbing.
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