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TCU vs West Virginia Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds
Horned Frogs vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: TCU Horned Frogs at West Virginia Mountaineers
- Where: Morgantown at WVU Coliseum
- Date: Wednesday, January 18th
- Betting Odds: TCU +2, TCU +111 | WVIR -135 O/U 148.0
Horned Frogs Preview:
Through 17 games, the TCU Horned Frogs have an overall record of 14-3. On the road, the Horned Frogs will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 2-1. So far, the Horned Frogs have been the underdog 4 times, going 3-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
TCU’s leading scorer this season is Mike Miles Jr., who is averaging 19.0 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 20.05% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.07 rebounds per game and 3.43 assists. Emanuel Miller is the second leading scorer for the Horned Frogs, averaging 14.71 points per game. Between him and Miller, they are accounting for 35.6% 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 17 games, the West Virginia Mountaineers have an overall record of 10-7. Currently, the Mountaineers have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 8-3. The Mountaineers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, West Virginia has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1.
Tre Mitchell comes into today’s game as the Mountaineers’ leading scorer at 13.59 points per contest. Not only has Mitchell been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is West Virginia’s top rebounder at 5.94 boards per contest. Behind Mitchell, the team has benefited from the strong play of Erik Stevenson, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.47 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.6% of his shots and is adding 2.88 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 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 Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers -2
In this matchup between the West Virginia Mountaineers and TCU Horned Frogs, the oddsmakers have West Virginia as the -2 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Mountaineers to cover the spread as the home favorites. We are looking for the Mountaineers’ offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, West Virginia is averaging 6.3 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 32.8%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as TCU has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking West Virginia laying the points.