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Iowa State vs. TCU - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

TCU Horned Frogs (18-9) at Iowa State Cyclones (13-13)
Date & Time Wednesday February 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +4.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | TCU Horned Frogs (18-9) at Iowa State Cyclones (13-13)

We have some Big 12 action on Wednesday’s college basketball schedule as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Iowa State Cyclones.

The TCU Horned Frogs could use some form of consistency here after splitting their last 16 games, including a 90-70 victory over Oklahoma State in their last outing. Kouat Not led TCU with 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 7 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, while Kenrich Williams added 16 points, coming in 2nd. Vladimir Brodziansky added 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of blocks, while Ahmed Hamdy added 12 points and a team-high 8 rebounds and Alex Robinson chipped in 11 points and a team-high 9 assists. Desmond Bane chipped in 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for TCU in the win. Brodziansky leads the Horned Frogs with an average of 15.5 points per game while Williams is TCU’s top rebounder with 9.3 rebounds per game and Robinson is the Horned Frogs’ leading assist man with 6.1 assists per game this season. As a team, TCU is scoring 84.4 points per game on 50.1% shooting from the field while also boasting the 9th-best 3-point percentage in the country at 41.5% from downtown this season. The Horned Frogs are also making 71.1% of their free throw attempts this season.

The Iowa State Cyclones could use a win here after dropping 11 of their last 15 games, including a 78-66 loss to Kansas State in their last outing. Cameron Lard led the Cyclones with 15 points and a team-high 8 rebounds, while Donovan Jackson hit 3 triples as part of his 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and Lindell Wigginton added 11 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Cyclones in the losing effort. Nick Weiler-Babb also added 5 assists of his own in 22 minutes in the loss for ISU. Wigginton leads Iowa State in scoring with 16 points per game while Lard leads the Cyclones on the glass with 8.2 rebounds per game and Weiler-Babb leads ISU in assists with 6.8 helpers per game this season. As a team, Iowa State is scoring 73.5 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.

TCU is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 games overall. Iowa State is 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

TCU may be the better team with the better record here, but I think that the Cyclones core matches up pretty well with the Horned Frogs in this one. Not to mention that TCU has struggled to follow up wins ATS as of late, and while Iowa State’s record may not be pretty, they’ve been doing a pretty good job at covering at home and I think the Horned Frogs should be on upset alert here, so I’ll take a shot with Iowa State and the points.

Iowa State +4.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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