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Baylor vs. TCU - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

TCU Horned Frogs (12-1) at Baylor Bears (10-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Ferrell Center)

The Line: Baylor Bears -1.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNN

We have some Big 12 conference action on the hardwood as the #16 TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears in college basketball action on Tuesday night.

The #16 TCU Horned Frogs will look to rebound from their first loss of the year, a 90-89 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma in their last outing. Kenrich Williams led the team with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals, while Desmond Bane and Ahmed Hamdy tied for 2nd with 15 points apiece. Bane shot 6 of 10 while Hamdy went 6 of 13 from the floor. Kouat Noi added 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Vladimir Brodziansky added 12 points with a pair of blocks to round out the scoring in double digits for the Horned Frogs in the loss. Williams leads TCU with an average of 15.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, while Jaylen Fisher is the team’s leading assist man with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, TCU is scoring 87.6 points per game while shooting the 6th-best mark from the field in the country at 51.6% from the floor. The Horned Frogs are also shooting 41.3% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.

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Baylor vs. TCU - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Baylor Bears will also be looking to bounce back after having their 5 game winning streak snapped thanks to a 77-53 loss to Texas Tech in their last outing. Mark Vital led the team with 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of blocks, , while Tristan Clark and King McClure each added 10 points apiece to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Bears in the loss. McClure also added a pair of threes with 3 steals. Jake Lindsey added a pair of blocks and Nuni Omot added 9 points with a pair of steals and a team-high 5 rebounds, while Manu LeComte shot just 3 of 11 from the floor for 8 points. LeComte still leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.5 points per game, while Lindsey leads the team with 3.5 assists per game and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is averaging a double-double per game with 15.1 points to go along with his team-high 10 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Baylor is scoring 81.1 points per game on 50.7% shooting from the field, 39.2% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season. 

TCU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference matchups while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Baylor is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. TCU is 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I know Baylor has had all of the success ATS between these two over the last couple of years. But TCU came so close to upending an offensive powerhouse in Oklahoma, and held their own at that, while Baylor was just stifled against Texas Tech and didn’t really beat anyone noteworthy during their winning streak. Even on the road, we are getting points with what I feel is the better team, so I’ll take the points in a game that I see TCU winning outright.

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