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TCU vs. West Virginia - 1/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
West Virginia at TCU
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena
Fort Worth, TX
The Line
TCU Horned Frogs -8 -- Over/Under: 151.5
TV Channel
ESPN U
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The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena to take on the TCU Horned Frogs this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The West Virginia Mountaineers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 8-8 (0-4 Big-12) on the season after being defeated by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 85-77, this past Saturday. West Virginia struggled offensively agianst the Cowboys and couldn’t fight back after a 5-0 Oklahoma State run gave the Cowboys a 75-63 lead with 3:48 left in regulation. West Virginia shot just 38.8% from the field and 20.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was James Bolden who had 31 points & 2 rebounds.

On the season, West Virginia is averaging 75.7 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Sagaba Konate (13.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Esa Ahmad (13.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Derek Culver (12.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg), and James Bolden (12.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg). West Virginia will be without Sagaba Konate who is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Defensively, West Virginia is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 7.3 and a turnover margin of -2.9.

The TCU Horned Frogs lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 12-3 (1-2 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 76-74, this past Saturday. In a tight, back and forth game in the 2nd half, TCU couldn’t pull off the upset road victory after Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle hit the game winning jumper for the Sooners with just :05 seconds left in regulation. TCU shot just 34.7% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 12-9 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Kouat Noi who had 30 points, 1 rebound, and 2 steals.

On the season, TCU is averaging 79.3 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Kouat Noi (14.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Desmond Bane (13.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Alex Robinson (13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 8.1 apg, 1.7 spg), and Jaylen Fisher (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, TCU is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, however, just 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.

West Virginia has lost 5 of their last 7 games and have struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank just 275th in FG%, 204th in scoring defense, and T-325th in turnover margin. TCU couldn’t pull up an upset over either Kansas or Oklahoma this past week, however, this is still a very solid team that ranks 62nd in scoring offense & 86th in scoring defense.

West Virginia looks like they are in for a long season as this is not a great offensive team and their defense is no longer forcing turnovers as they rank just T-296th in steals per game after ranking in the top-15 in that category over the past 4 seasons. TCU is an impressive 7-1 at home this season and as I think there are just a better team on both ends of the court, I’m taking the Horned Frogs to cover this large home spread. 

Pick:
TCU Horned Frogs -8

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