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Kansas State vs. TCU - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
TCU at Kansas State
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS
The Line
Kansas State Wildcats -1 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPN 2
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The TCU Horned Frogs will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The TCU Horned Frogs snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 13-3 (2-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers, 98-67, this past Tuesday. TCU had no trouble taking care of business on both ends of the court against West Virginia and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 48-28 halftime lead. TCU shot 47.5% from the field while holding West Virginia to just 38.3% shooting from the field & 16.7% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Desmond Bane who had 26 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block.

On the season, TCU is averaging 80.4 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Desmond Bane (14.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Kouat Noi (14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Alex Robinson (13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 8.2 apg, 1.7 spg), and JD Miller (10.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 apg).

Defensively, TCU is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Kansas State Wildcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 13-4 (3-2 ATS) on the season after defeating the 20th ranked Oklahoma State Sooners, 74-61, this past Wednesday. Kansas State was once against outstanding defensively on the road and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after a 5-0 Wildcats run gave Kansas State a 61-45 lead with 6:32 left in regulation. Kansas State shot 50.0% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc while holding the Sooners to just 27.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Barry Brown Jr. who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Kansas State is averaging 65.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown Jr. (15.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.9 spg), Dean Wade (13.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Kamau Stokes (10.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Xavier Sneed (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.5 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

The Horned Frogs are 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.

TCU has won 10 of their last 12 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as they come into this game ranked 44th in scoring offense, 32nd in FG%, 83rd in scoring defense, & 65th in defensive FG%. Kansas State has won 7 of their last 9 games and although their slow-paced offense has the Wildcats ranked just 324th in scoring offense, Kansas State has one of the top defenses in the country as they come into this match-up ranked 6th in scoring defense & 51st in defensive FG%.

TCU is the more balanced team, however, it’s hard to go against Kansas State and their defense as upsetting two top-25 teams on the road over the past week. Kansas State is 7-1 at home this season and as TCU has already dropped their first two road conference games, I think the Wildcats do enough in this one to cover this small spread.  

Pick:
Kansas State Wildcats -1

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