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TCU vs. Texas - 4/2/19 NCAA - NIT Semifinal College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas at TCU
Date & Time Tuesday April 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
The Line
TCU Horned Frogs PK -- O/U: 138.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Texas Longhorns and the TCU Horned Frogs meet in an NIT semifinal matchup in college basketball action from Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

The Texas Longhorns come into the semifinals after picking up a 68-55 win over Colorado in the quarters. Dylan Osetkowski led the Horns with 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 4 steals while Kerwin Roach II added 14 points with 6 rebounds. Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman III each had 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Texas in the win, with Ramey adding 3 steals while Coleman III shot 4 of 7 with 3 triples. Jericho Sims added a team-high 10 rebounds as well in the winning effort for Texas. Roach II leads Texas in scoring with 14.3 points per game while Osetkowski leads the Longhorns in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and Coleman III leads Texas in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 71.1 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.

The TCU Horned Frogs booked their spot in the semis after emerging victorious over Creighton, defeating the Bluejays by a final score of 71-58. Kouat Noi led the Horned Frogs with 25 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 6 threes along with 7 rebounds while JD Miller added 15 points and Alex Robinson chipped in 12 points with a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for TCU in the winning effort. Desmond Bane added 6 points as well as a team-high 4 assists as well in the win while Kevin Samuel had 4 blocks. Bane leads TCU in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Samuel leads the Horned Frogs in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game and Robinson leads TCU in assists with 7 helpers per game this season. As a team, TCU is averaging 74.6 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

Texas is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. TCU is 17-7 ATS in their last 24 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Texas is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

It’s not often that you get teams from the same conference in a big tournament semifinal like this but hey that just makes the game worth more than a spot in the championship game, it’s also about bragging rights. With that said, TCU won the lone meeting by 13 points earlier this season and have had the upper hand on Texas ATS in recent meetings. Texas is skilled, but I just worry that the Longhorns rely too heavily on their defense to win games and TCU has the scoring depth to make life hard for the Longhorns. In a pick ‘em scenario, given the history between the two sides, I’ll side with TCU in this spot.

Pick:
TCU PK

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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