West Virginia Mountaineers vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/1/14
TCU Horned Frogs (9-18) at West Virginia Mountaineers (15-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: West Virginia hopes to snap a three-game skid when they host lowly TCU at WVU Coliseum Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Mountaineers dropped to 7-8 for 6th place in the Big 12 after their third straight loss at Iowa State Wednesday 83-66. Junior G Juwan Staten scored a team-high 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists, sophomore G Eron Harris had 15 points, 6 boards and 5 steals, and junior F Remi Dibo added 14 points and 7 rebounds. WVU connected on 24 of 67 from the floor and 5 of 20 from outside the arc to Iowa State 33 of 65 from the floor and 9 of 20 from distance. The Mountaineers also conceded a 46-38 advantage on the boards and converted 13 of 19 from the free throw line. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 78.5 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting. Staten leads the team in scoring with 18.1 ppg, followed by Harris at 18.1 ppg.
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Meanwhile, TCU is still in search of its first conference win and come in off a 76-54 beatdown by Oklahoma State Monday. Junior G Kyan Anderson scored a team-high 15 points on 5 of 14 shooting, freshman C Karviar Shepherd had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and senior G Jarvis Ray added 11 points and 5 assists. The Horned Frogs were outdone from the floor 45.2 percent to 41.5 percent and from outside the arc 45.2 percent to 30.8 percent, while also giving up a 35-26 rebounding edge and committing 15 turnovers. Through 27 games, TCU is averaging 63.9 ppg on 40.8 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 -14 for West Virginia. The Mountaineers topped TCU by just 5 points Jan. 4, but then came the start of a massive rough patch for the Frogs, which they still have yet to come out of. With just Texas and Oklahoma left after this one, this game more than likely represents TCU’s last chance to get on the right side of the ledger, so look for a closer game than the line.