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TCU vs. Texas - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas at TCU
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena
Fort Worth, TX
The Line
TCU Horned Frogs -5 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Texas Longhorns and the TCU Horned Frogs meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena on Wednesday night.

The Texas Longhorns will look to build on a 75-72 win over Oklahoma in their last outing. Kerwin Roach II led the Longhorns with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 3 threes along with 8 rebounds while Dylan Osetkowski, Matt Coleman III and Jaxson Hayes each added 15 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Texas in the win, with Osetkowski added 11 rebounds for the double-double while Hayes shot 4 of 4 from the floor along with a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line along with 5 blocks. Roach II leads the Longhorns in scoring with 14.1 points per game while Osetkowski leads Texas in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game and Coleman III leads the Longhorns in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 71.7 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the 3-point line and 69% from the foul line this season.

The TCU Horned Frogs are in dire need of a win after losing 3 of their last 4 games following a 65-55 loss to Kansas State in their last outing. Alex Robinson led the Horned Frogs with 17 points along with a team-high 4 assists while Desmond Bane came right behind with 16 points and JD Miller added 11 points with a team-high 7 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for TCU in the losing effort. Bane leads the Horned Frogs in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Robinson leads the Horned Frogs in the assists department with 7.9 helpers per game and Miller leads TCU in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, TCU is averaging 78.9 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the 3-point line and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

Texas is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. TCU is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Texas picking up a win over Oklahoma in their last outing was impressive, but the Longhorns still worry me as Texas has a tendency of relying too heavily on their defense to try to win games. TCU is one of the better offensive teams in the conference despite recent results, and has been really tough for opponents to keep up with on their home floor so given the success of the home team in this matchup, I’ll lay the points with TCU in this one.

Pick:
TCU -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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