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TCU vs. Oklahoma - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma at TCU
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena
Fort Worth, TX
The Line
TCU Horned Frogs -5.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Oklahoma at TCU
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The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena to take on the TCU Horned Frogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Oklahoma Sooners lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 15-10 (3-9 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Baylor Bears, 59-53, this past Monday night. Oklahoma struggled offensively against the tough Baylor defense in the 2nd half and allowed Baylor to pull away late after the Bears finished the final 5:00 minutes of regulation on a 9-2 run. Oklahoma shot just 38.9% from the field and 18.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sooners was Kristian Doolittle who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 71.2 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Christian James (15.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Brady Manek (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Kristian Doolittle (9.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Miles Reynolds (7.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.0.

The TCU Horned Frogs has their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 17-7 (5-6 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks, 82-77 in OT, this past Monday. TCU fought back from a 63-52 deficit with just 6:41 left in regulation to force OT, however, struggled offensively in the extra period and couldn’t fight back after a pair for FT’s by Devon Dotson gave Kansas an 80-76 lead with :24 seconds left in OT. TCU shot just 38.0% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Desmond Bane who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, TCU is averaging 76.3 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Desmond Bane (15.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Kouat Noi (14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 spg), Alex Robinson (12.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.7 spg), and JD Miller (10.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg).

Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Sooners are 5-0-3 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, however, are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.

Oklahoma has lost 7 of their last 9 games and although the Sooners defense has been solid, ranking 76th in scoring defense & 20th in defensive FG%, Oklahoma has struggled defensively as they rank just 226th in scoring offense.

TCU has been sold on both ends of the court this season as the Horned Frogs currently rank 97th in scoring offense, 83rd in FG%, and 124th in scoring defense.

Oklahoma is solid defensively, however, they just don’t have many weapons on the offensive end as if you can contain Christian James, the Sooners are going to be able to put up many points on the board. TCU has a solid defense that should gave Oklahoma trouble and as they are an impressive 11-2 at home this season, I think TCU will be able to do enough to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
TCU Horned Frogs -5.5

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