TCU Horned Frogs at Kansas Jayhawks Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

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Date: 
January 9, 9:00 PM EST
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Kansas -6
Total: 
151.5

The 12-1 TCU Horned Frogs will be traveling to Lawrence to take on the 12-2 Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks are ranked 7thi n the nation and 6th in the Big 12, as the Horned Frogs are ranked 25thi n the nation and 4th in the Big 12. TCU enters this one on a 9-game winning streak, as Kansas is coming off a 77-60 loss to Iowa State. Kansas has the upper hand in this matchup, as they have yet to lose playing at home this season.

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Tough Break for Jayhawks

The game is set to take place this Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It was a bad weekend for the Jayhawks. Not only did they get blown out by Iowa State, but then news broke Sunday night that Junior center Udoka Azubuike will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right hand. This will require surgery, as Azubuike had already missed five games this season, and the Jayhawks have gone just 3-2 in those games. The down low presence of Azubuike will be greatly missed and impossible to replace. The big man was averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds before the injury. The Jayhawks will just have to rely more on Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick the rest of the way. Lawson leads the team with 18.6 PPG and 11.1 RPG, and Vick is second on the team averaging 14.8 PPG and second on the team in steals (1.6). We'll see what kind of magic Bill Self can pull off with this team, as the 16-year head coach for the Jayhawks remains one of the best around.

Horned Frogs Looking to Stay Hot

TCU enters this one off an 85-81 victory over Baylor, as they pulled off a late comeback behind Desmond Bane's 22-point performance, and Alex Robinson's 18 points and 10 assists. The junior guard Bane leads his team in scoring with 14.4 PPG. This team gets production throughout the entire lineup with Robinson averaging 13.5, Kouat Noi's 13.2, Jaylen Fisher's 12.1, and JD Miller's 11.5 PPG. This poses a threat to a Kansas team that just lost one of their best players and a big man who can really contest shots in the paint. Freshman center Kevin Samuel stands at 6-11 tall, as he and senior forward JD Miller do most of the work on the boards. Samuel averages 6.8 rebounds and Miller averages 6.5 rebounds. Jamie Dixon is in just his second-year as TCU's head coach but remains one of the most established head coaches in college basketball after spending 13 years at Pitt, with a record of 328-123.

TCU at Kansas NCAAB Prediction 01/09/2019

It would be no surprise if TCU upset Kansas at home on Wednesday. The team stats for both teams match up pretty evenly, as both teams hover around the 80 PPG mark. With TCU entering this game winners of 9 straight games, and the loss of Azubuike to Kansas it'll be tough for Lawson and company. IF TCU can control the boards and contain Lawson in this game they'll have a chance to move up in the rankings. In the end, the Horned Frogs go on the road and win this game. Bet the underdog TCU.

Free Pick: 
Take TCU +6

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