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Iowa State vs. TCU - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
TCU at Iowa State
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hilton Coliseum
Ames, IA
The Line
Iowa State Cyclones -10.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPN U
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NCAA BB | TCU at Iowa State
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The TCU Horned Frogs will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the 17th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The TCU Horned Frogs snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 16-6 (4-5 Big-12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 70-68, this past Wednesday. TCU allowed Oklahoma State to fight back from a 46-33 deficit to take a late 65-60 lead, however, the Horned Frogs were solid defensively down the stretch and was able to avoid the upset loss after JD Miller hit a game-winning jumper for the Horned Frogs with just :01 second left in regulation. TCU shot 39.7% from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Desmond Bane who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

On the season, TCU is averaging 75.5 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Desmond Bane (15.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Kouat Noi (14.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 spg), Alex Robinson (12.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 7.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and JD Miller (10.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, TCU is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The 17th ranked Iowa State Cyclones won their 4th straight game and improved to 18-5 (7-3 Big-12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners, 75-74, this past Monday night. Iowa State held a slight lead for the majority of the 2nd half and was able to secure the victory late after a Talen Horton-Tucker free-throw gave the Cyclones a 73-69 lead with :13 seconds left in regulation. Iowa State shot 44.4% from the field and outrebounded Oklahoma by a 41-36 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Marial Shayok who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 78.8 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), Lindell Wigginton (12.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Michael Jacobson (12.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 2.9.

The Horned Frogs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cyclones are 11-4-2 ATS in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

TCU has lost 5 of their last 9 games, however, have been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Horned Frogs rank 79th in FG%, 93rd in scoring defense, and 99th in defensive FG%.

Iowa State has won 6 of their last 7 games and has been outstanding this season as the Cyclones currently rank 55th in scoring offense, 32nd in FG%, and 45th in scoring defense.

This is a bunch of points to give a solid TCU team, however, the Horned Frogs are 0-5 on the road in Big-12 play this season and wasn’t overly impressive in their recent victory against Oklahoma State. Iowa State is one of the better teams in all of College Basketball as they are solid on both ends of the ball and as they are an impressive 11-1 at home this season, I think the Cyclones do enough to cover this double-digit spread.

Pick:
Iowa State Cyclones -10.5

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