TCU vs. Nevada - 12/9/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (8-1) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00 am (Staples Center)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The 22nd ranked Nevada Wolfpack and 20th ranked TCU Horned Frogs will face off in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Staples Center this Friday morning (1:00 am EST) in College Basketball action.
The 22nd ranked Nevada Wolfpack suffered their 1st loss of the season, dropping to 8-1 on the season, after being defeated by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 82-76 in OT, this past Tuesday. Nevada held a 50-39 lead with 12:48 left in regulation, however, Texas Tech was able to force overtime and the Wolfpack couldn’t pull out the victory after struggling on the offensive end in the overtime. Nevada shot 42.4% from the field and 40.0% (12-30) from beyond the arc, however, committed 21 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Caleb Martin who had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Nevada is averaging 84.0 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack is averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 42.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nevada has been led by Caleb Martin (20.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Jordan Caroline (17.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Cody Martin (15.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), and Josh Hall (7.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Nevada is allowing their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 1.7 and turnover margin of 1.9.
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The 20th ranked TCU Horned Frogs stayed perfect on the season, improving to 9-0 on the season, after defeating the SMU Mustangs, 94-83, this past Tuesday. TCU had no trouble generating points against the usually tough SMU defense and pulled away after taking a 78-65 lead with 4:30 left in regulation. TCU shot 56.5% from the field and 50.0% (12-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Kenrich Williams who had 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, TCU is averaging 87.7 ppg on 52.8% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 41.9% shooting from the field. Offensively, TCU has been led by Desmond Bane (14.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Kenrich Williams (14.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.9 spg), Vladimir Brodziansky (13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Jaylen Fisher (11.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 9.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Wolfpack are 8-1 ATS on the season and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road. The Horned Frogs are 5-4 ATS on the season and 2-1 ATS in their last 3 home games.
Nevada has to be disappointed that they couldn’t get a statement win on the road at Texas Tech, however, the Wolfpack are the team to beat in the Mountain West and have been great on both sides of the ball as Nevada ranks 42nd in scoring offense and 114th in scoring defense. TCU comes into this game with the nation’s longest winning streak and Jamie Dixon’s had his squad playing some outstanding basketball on the offensive end as the Horned Frogs rank 21st in scoring offense, 4th in FG%, and 19th in 3P-FG%. The line has yet to be released for this game as of yet, however, as I really like how Kenrich Williams and the TCU offense is playing right now, I think the Horned Frogs will do enough to cover this small spread. Take TCU to cover.