TCU Horned Frogs vs. Furman Paladins - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Furman Paladins (2-4) at TCU Horned Frogs (8-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Christian Horned Frogs hope to remain hot when the Furman Paladins pay a visit to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Furman Paladins struggled in a big way last season but are expected to move up a few rungs in the SoCon to challenge for a middle of the row position. That would mean the Paladins need a big boost from both ends of the floor where they are being outscored 70-60. The Paladins improved to 2-4 and snapped a three game slide with a 74-64 victory over visiting SoCon rival Samford. Furman led by three at the break before pulling away late with a 43%-35.6% shooting edge along with 12 more free throws overcoming 17 turnovers and 15 more Bulldogs shots. Stephen Croone put his team on his shoulders with a 33 point, six board and five steal effort with Geoff Beans adding 21 points followed Daniel Fowler with eleven points and ten rebounds.
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Texas Christian has gone from a team that couldn't buy a win to an 8-0 start and the question is whether this is for real or do the Horned Frogs revert back to last season's form. The schedule hasn't been fearsome but TCU is outscoring opponents 75-55 so we shall see if the run continues. The hot start continued with 66-54 victory at Mississippi on Thursday with a dominant defensive performance that saw the Rebels held to less then 30% from the field. The Horned Frogs hit at 40% which resulted in five more field goals. Kaviar Shepherd led a balanced offense with a game high 14 points and nine boards followed by Brandon Parrish and Kyan Anderson with eleven points apiece. Amric Fields chipped in with ten points off the bench as eight players found the scoring column.
The Paladins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Furman are 18-39 ATS in their last 57 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 10-22 ATS in their last 32 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Horned Frogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. TCU are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while going 21-46 ATS in their last 67 home games. Most of the trends are based on this season alone so I don't know what value they are. In all honesty I can see either team covering this number so I'm not getting involved but for a pick I'll back the points...