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Kansas vs. TCU - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
TCU at Kansas
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Allen Fieldhouse
Lawrence, KS
The Line
Kansas Jayhawks -7 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | TCU at Kansas
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The TCU Horned Frogs and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.

The TCU Horned Frogs will look to build on their current 9-game winning streak with a huge road win after picking up an 85-81 win over Baylor in their last outing. Desmond Bane led the Horned Frogs with 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 threes while Alex Robinson added 18 points and a team-high 10 assists for the double-double. JD Miller added 13 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists for a double-double of his own while RJ Nembhard contributed 10 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for TCU in the win. Bane leads TCU in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per game while Robinson leads the Horned Frogs in assists with 8.7 assists per game and Kevin Samuel leads TCU on the glass with 6.8 boards per game this season. As a team, TCU is averaging 80.5 points per game on 49.9% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

The Kansas Jayhawks will be looking for a bounce-back performance after splitting their last 4 games after a 77-60 loss to Iowa State in their last outing. Quentin Grimes led the Jayhawks with 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and 6 rebounds while Dedric Lawson added 13 points with a game-high 12 rebounds for the double-double as the only other Kansas player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Devon Dotson added 8 points with 7 boards and 3 assists of his own in the defeat. Lawson leads Kansas by averaging a double-double per game with team-high averages of 18.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while Dotson leads the Jayhawks in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 79.3 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 67.9% from the foul line this season.

TCU is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 20-8 in their last 28 conference games. Kansas is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 15-5-2 in their last 22 home games. TCU is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Kansas.

Kansas has done some of their best work at home, where the Jayhawks are 8-0 SU and are outscoring their opponents by 16.3 points per game this year. However, even though both losses came on the road, the Jayhawks have struggled with consistency lately and are allowing opponents to hang around for most of the year as it is. TCU has a history of playing Kansas close as 7 of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 7 points or less, where the line is currently at the time of posting this article. I’ll take a shot with TCU and the points given the history between these two teams.

Pick:
TCU +7

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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