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TCU vs. Yale - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Yale Bulldogs (5-4) at TCU Horned Frogs (7-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Schollmaier Arena)

The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports - Southwest Plus; Fox Sports Florida

The Yale Bulldogs will travel to Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena to take on the 23rd ranked TCU Horned Frogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Yale Bulldogs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-4 on the season after defeating the Bryant Bulldogs, 84-67, this past Wednesday night. Yale was up by a 41-35 margin at halftime and put this one away after an 11-0 run gave Yale a 66-53 lead with 7:07 left in regulation. Yale was efficient on the offensive end as they shot 55.4% from the field, 50.0% (13-26) from beyond the arc, and had 24 assists in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Miye Oni who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Yale is averaging 80.2 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Yale has been led by Miye Oni (15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Blake Reynolds (11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Alex Copeland (11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Paul Atkinson (8.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Yale is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

TCU vs. Yale - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 23rd ranked TCU Horned Frogs stayed perfect on the season, improving to 7-0 on the season, after defeating the Belmont Bruins, 87-76, this past Wednesday. TCU was strong from the start in the victory and held a sizable lead throughout the game after a 15-0 Horned Frogs run gave TCU a 34-14 lead with 7:33 left in the 1st half. TCU shot 50.8% from the field and 47.4% (9-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Vladimir Brodziansky who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, TCU is averaging 86.1 ppg on 51.4% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 41.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Vladimir Brodziansky (15.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Kenrich Williams (12.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.9 spg), Desmond Bane (13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and JD Miller (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 10.3 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big-12 opponents however, just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.

Yale is one of the better Ivy league teams this season and have been efficient on the offensive end as the Bulldogs rank 100th in scoring offense and 64th in FG%. TCU hasn’t played any major competition to start the season, however, has still looked like one of the better teams in the country as they rank 37th in scoring offense, 19th in FG%, and T-20th in rebound margin. TCU should have no problem winning this game, however, Yale is a decent team and as I expect the Bulldogs to be able to put up some points on the board, I think we see Yale do enough in the 2nd half to cover with the points. 

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