TCU vs. Richmond - 3/21/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Richmond Spiders (22-12) at TCU Horned Frogs (21-15)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Schollmaier Arena)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -7.5 -- Over/Under: 150 See the Latest Odds
We have some NIT quarterfinals action on Tuesday as the Richmond Spiders take on the TCU Horned Frogs.
The Richmond Spiders reached the quarterfinals by taking down Alabama in the opening round before defeating Oakland by a final score of 87-83 to book their spot in the quarterfinals. T.J. Cline led the team with 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 9 rebounds, 6 assists, a pair of blocks and a pair of steals. ShawnDre’ Jones and Khwan Fore tied for 2nd with 17 points apiece, with Jones going 6 of 13 with a pair of threes while Fore went 7 of 9 from the floor as both men logged 3 assists and a steal. De’Monte Buckingham chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the winning effort for the Spiders. Cline leads the Spiders with an average of 18.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Richmond is scoring 74.4 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 71.3% from the foul line this season.
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The TCU Horned Frogs road to the quarterfinals started with a win over Fresno State, followed by a 94-92 overtime victory over top-seeded Iowa in their last outing. Vladimir Brodziansky and Alex Robinson tied for the team lead with 19 points, with Brodziansky going 9 of 12 from the floor with a block, while Robinson went 7 of 16 from the field with 11 assists and 3 steals for the double-double. Kenrich Williams followed next with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for a double-double of his own. Brandon Parrish followed with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 4 triples and 3 steals while Desmond Bane added 13 points and 4 assists for TCU. Brodziansky leads the team with an average of 13.7 points per game while Kenrich Williams leads the team in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game and Robinson leads the team with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, TCU is scoring 74.2 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.
Richmond is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big 12 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 14-6 in their last 20 games as a road underdog of 7.0-12.5. TCU is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win.
I was impressed with TCU’s win over Iowa, and Richmond has had no success against the spread when taking on the Big 12 lately, but is TCU really 7 or 8 points better than Richmond? I’m not so sure. The Spiders are a deep team with the best player on the floor in T.J. Cline, and should have enough to keep this one close right to the end.
Give me Richmond and the points.