TCU Horned Frogs vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14
Iowa State Cyclones (20-5) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
Storyline: 17th-ranked Iowa State looks for its third straight Big 12 victory, while TCU looks for its first when the two sides square off at Daniel-Myer Coliseum Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Cyclones sit in a three-way tie for third place in the conference with Oklahoma and Kansas State after improving to 8-5 behind their 85-76 victory over Texas Tuesday. Senior F Melvin Ejiim scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, senior G DeAndre Kane had 22 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, and sophomore F Georges Niang added 20 points and 5 assists. Iowa State shot 49.2 percent from the floor and connected on 8 of 24 from outside the arc to the Longhorns’ 32.9 percent from the field and 7 of 23 from distance. The Cyclones also converted 17 of 24 from the free throw line. Through 25 games, Iowa State is averaging 84.1 ppg on 47.3 percent shooting. Ejiim leads the team with 19.1 ppg. followed by Niang at 16.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, TCU dropped to 0-13 after suffering a 65-53 defeat at Kansas State Wednesday. The Horned Frogs were outshot from the floor 42.6 percent to 36.2 percent and from outside the arc 33.3 percent to 15.4 percent. TCU also conceded a 47-28 rebounding advantage and failed to capitalize on 18 Wildcat turnovers. Junior G Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 26 points, freshman C Karviar Shepherd had 12 points and 4 rebounds, and freshman G Hudson Price added 7 points off the bench. On the season, the Horned Frogs are averaging 64.4 ppg on 40.9 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 matchup is currently set at -11 for Iowa State. The Cyclones topped TCU 84-69 two weeks ago, but against the spread the Horned Frogs are about as unpredictable as it gets lately. They’re 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. I'd like to think they see the need to play desperately, as they’ve got just five more chances at a conference win this season. It’s still unlikely to be enough, but look for a closer game than the line.