Iowa State Cyclones vs. TCU Horned Frogs - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
TCU Horned Frogs (14-6) at Iowa State Cyclones (15-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The TCU Horned Frogs and Iowa State Cyclones will face off at Hilton Coliseum this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The TCU Horned Frogs lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 14-6 (1-6 Big 12) on the season after losing 64-61 to the 9th ranked Kansas Jayhawks this past Wednesday. TCU shot only 30.6% from the field and 16.7% (2-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Kyan Anderson who had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. TCU is ranked 126th in the RPI Standings and has played the 247th ranked SOS. On the season, the Horned Frogs have been led by Kyan Anderson (13.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.8 apg) and Trey Zeigler (8.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, TCU is averaging 70.7 ppg (ranked 102nd) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 88th). The Horned Frogs are averaging 14.0 apg (ranked 8th) and 14.25 offensive rpg (ranked 11th). TCU is holding their opponents to an average of 57.6 ppg (ranked 16th) on 35.7% shooting (ranked 4th). The Horned Frogs average 5.7 bpg (ranked 12th) and have a rebound margin of 6.6 (ranked 26th).
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The 15th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 15-4 (5-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 19th ranked Texas Longhorns 89-86 this past Monday. Iowa State shot 54.7% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Bryce Dejean-Jones who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Iowa State is ranked 15th in the RPI Standings and has played the 41st ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (14.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Iowa State is averaging 80.2 ppg (ranked 14th) on 48.7% shooting (ranked 18th). The Cyclones average 18.0 apg (ranked 1st) and make an average of 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 53rd). Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 68.7 ppg (ranked 239th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 126th). The Cyclones average 35.79 total rpg (ranked 123rd) and have a turnover margin of 2.3 (ranked 45th).
The Horned Frogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cyclones are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
TCU has been a surprising team this season and has been very competitive lately with close losses at West Virginia and at home against Kansas. Iowa State arguably has the most exciting team to watch in college basketball as they are a fast-paced, high-scoring offensive. The big question in this game will be if the TCU defensive will be able to hold the Iowa State offensive at Hilton Coliseum. Although Iowa State has had a pattern to start game slowly, I think they won’t overlook TCU in this spot and win big at home. Take Iowa State to cover.