A top Big 12 conference matchup will tip off Tuesday from Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Tx, as the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks visit the TCU Horned Frogs. The Jayhawks and the Horned Frogs are battling for a spot in the top three of the Big 12.
The team builds in this game are similar. The playstyles in this game are similar. Defense is something both teams themselves on, as both are giving up less than 68 points per game.
These teams have matched up 22 times and the Jayhawks are 20-2. The Horned Frogs have not won since 2016.
Still, this should be a good contest for fans and those that bet online alike.
Can the Jayhawks get back on track?
Kansas is looking to find its way back to the win column after making college basketball news with a disappointing loss Saturday. Kansas fell to Texas by 25 points at home in a game that the Jayhawks were actually a five-point favorite.
The Jayhawks will rely on forward Jalen Wilson. Coming into this matchup, Wilson is averaging 15.1 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. The freshman is shooting 49% from the field.
The other top scorer for the Jayhawks, junior guard Ochai Agbaji, is having a breakout season. Averaging 14.4 points per game, Agbaji has found success from behind the three-point line, shooting over 40%.
If Kansas wants to win, it will need a better game out of guard Christian Braun. Coming off one of his worst performances to date, scoring just four points against Texas, Braun will have to produce to help the other two.
Will the Horned Frogs stay hot?
TCU comes into this game riding a five-game win streak. This will be the Horned Frogs’ first true test, though, as it will be their first game against a ranked opponent. If TCU wants to make it to NCAA March Madness, it needs wins in this kind of game.
The Horned Frogs are led by junior guard RJ Nembhard, who comes into this game as the leading scorer in the Big 12, averaging 18.7 points per game and shooting over 48% from the field.
The big man at the center position for TCU is junior Kevin Samuel, who is averaging a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. Something to watch for is Samuel’s struggles from the free-throw line, where he is shooting a worrisome 43% from the stripe.
The Horned Frogs also have a freshman who is shining, guard Mike Miles, who has been dominant to start the season. Averaging 14.8 points per game and three assists per game, Miles will have to put up big numbers if the Horned Frogs want to take down the Jayhawks.
Betting Odds and Pick
Kansas is a 5½-point favorite, with the over/under set at 139
The Jayhawks are 4-5 against the spread, while the Horned Frogs are 5-6. Both teams have kept a majority of their regular-season games very close with great defense.
Although the Horned Frogs have won their last five games, they are only 3-2 against the spread. Kansas is 2-2 against the spread when playing on the road.
This will be a major test for Agbaji, as he tries to find a way to stop Nembhard. He has yet to find someone willing to take the task.
The pick here is to take the Jayhawks -5½ when making your college basketball picks.