Texas Tech vs. TCU - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
TCU Horned Frogs (21-9) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The TCU Horned Frogs will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 12th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The TCU Horned Frogs won their 4th straight game and improved to 21-9 (9-8 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 66-59, this past Tuesday. TCU did an excellent job in forcing the Wildcats into committing turnovers and pulled away late after a 9-0 Horned Frogs run gave TCU a 64-56 lead with just 0:43 seconds left in regulation. TCU shot 44.2% from the field and forced Kansas State into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Kenrich Williams who had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, TCU is averaging 83.9 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Vladimir Brodziansky (15.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.6 bpg), Kenrich Williams (13.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.8 spg), Desmond Bane (12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and Kouat Noi (10.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 76.2 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 6.3 and are averaging 6.6 steals per game. TCU will be without Jaylen Fisher and RJ Nembhard who are both out for the season due to injuries.
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The 12th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 22-8 (10-7 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 20th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 84-74, this past Monday. Texas Tech struggled defensively against West Virginia and couldn’t fight back after the Mountaineers took a 66-48 lead with 8:12 left in regulation. Texas Tech allowed West Virginia to shoot 49.2% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 13-5 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jarrett Culver who had a double-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 75.6 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Keenan Evans (17.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Jarrett Culver (11.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Zhaire Smith (11.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), and Niem Stevenson (7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to average 64.2 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 3.0. Texas Tech is coming into this game banged up a bit as Keenan Evans (Toe), Zach Smith (Foot), and Justin Gray (Concussion) are all listed as questionable due to injuries.
The Horned Frogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Red Raiders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
TCU has won 5 of their last 6 games and has been led by their offense this season as they rank 17th in scoring offense, 2nd in assists per game, and 7th in FG%. Texas Tech has struggled lately with a less than 100%, Keenan Evans, however when healthy the Red Raiders have been great this season and has been led by their defense that ranks 14th in scoring defense, and 15th in defensive FG%. Texas Tech at home has been outstanding this season however, as it just doesn’t seem that the Red Raiders are fully healthy at the point, I’m taking TCU and the points in this one.