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TCU vs Kansas Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Horned Frogs vs Jayhawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: TCU Horned Frogs at Kansas Jayhawks
- Where: Lawrence at Allen Fieldhouse
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: TCU +7, TCU +245 | KAN -313 O/U 145.5
Horned Frogs Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Kansas, the TCU Horned Frogs will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 14-4. On the road, the Horned Frogs will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Horned Frogs have been the underdog 5 times, going 3-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.
TCU’s leading scorer this season is Mike Miles Jr., who is averaging 19.13 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 20.62% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.93 rebounds per game and 3.33 assists. Emanuel Miller is the second leading scorer for the Horned Frogs, averaging 14.6 points per game. Between him and Miller, they are accounting for 36.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for TCU this season, as they are currently ranked 298th in college basketball at 68.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Horned Frogs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.4%, placing them 450th in the NCAA.
Through 18 games, the Kansas Jayhawks have an overall record of 16-2. Currently, the Jayhawks have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 12-0. The Jayhawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7 points in their favor. For the season, Kansas has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 15-1.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 20.78 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 8.89 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gradey Dick, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.72 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.7% of his shots and is adding 5.33 boards per game.
So far this season, Kansas has put together a strong scoring offense at 78.6 points per game (31st). This strong figure has come despite the Jayhawks playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.5% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Kansas’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.1%
Free Spread Prediction: TCU Horned Frogs +7
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Kansas as the favorites with a line coming in at -7. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the TCU Horned Frogs to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Kansas at 7.15 made 3’s per game compared to TCU at 5.59. Look for TCU to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Jayhawks.
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