TCU vs. Kansas State - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Kansas State Wildcats (10-21) at TCU Horned Frogs (16-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 127
The Kansas State Wildcats and the TCU Horned Frogs meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Sprint Center on Wednesday night.
The Kansas State Wildcats come into the conference tournament as the #10-seed, sitting at 3-15 in conference play at the bottom of the Big 12 standings as part of their 10-21 overall mark this season. Xavier Sneed leads Kansas State in scoring with 14.4 PPG while Cartier Diarra is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 4.2 APG and Makol Mawien has 7.5 PPG and a team-high 5.4 RPG this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 64.5 points on 41.9% shooting from the field, 31.4% from 3-point range and 65.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.5 points on 43% shooting from the field and 33.1% from 3-point range this season.
The TCU Horned Frogs come into the Big 12 tournament as the #7-seed, finishing with a 7-11 mark in conference play as part of their 16-15 overall record on the year. Desmond Bane leads TCU in scoring and assists with 16.6 PPG and 3.9 APG while RJ Nembhard came 2nd with 11.8 PPG and Kevin Samuel has 10.1 PPG and a team-high 8.4 RPG this season. As a team, TCU is averaging 65.9 points on 42.2% shooting from the field, 35.3% from 3-point range and 63.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.4 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 35.6% from 3-point range this season.
We’ve seen across the board in multiple conferences that these early round games can be tough to call and can be prone to upsets. However, TCU is simply the better team here and while Kansas State does have some talent and does play pretty good defense, the Wildcats just don’t do enough offensively to help balance everything out and while TCU doesn’t light the world on fire offensively, the Horned Frogs should be able to do enough just like they did in winning both meetings with K-State earlier this season. I’ll lay the bucket with TCU in this one.