TCU Horned Frogs vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: TCU Horned Frogs vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: TCU (+13.5)
The West Virginia Mountaineers (17-7) host the TCU Horned Frogs (12-11) at WVU Coliseum on Thursday. West Virginia opens this contest as 13.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 145.
TCU steps onto the court with a record of 12-11 for the season. They are averaging 67.7 pts per contest (266th in the nation) while hitting 44.1% from the field. The Horned Frogs are connecting on 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc (158 of 459) and 67.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, TCU is grabbing 34.8 boards per game and has accumulated 302 dimes for the year, which is 133rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.7 times per contest and as a group are committing 15.5 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Horned Frogs are able to force 11.3 turnovers per game and they draw 16.3 fouls. They are relinquishing 32.6% on shots from distance while they are 198th in D-1 in opponents points per game (70.8). The Horned Frogs defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.9% (605 of 1,348) and they relinquish 34.1 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 318th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 356 relinquished for the season.
The TCU Horned Frogs faced off with the Texas Tech Red Raiders and ended up losing by a score of 69-49 in their last game. TCU ended having earned a 38.8% FG percentage (19 of 49) and buried 4 of 17 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Horned Frogs converted 7 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 63.6%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned 28 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 7 assists for the game while creating 8 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When it comes to defending, TCU allowed their opponent to shoot 51.8% from the floor on 29 out of 56 shooting. Texas Tech doled out 22 assists and had 7 steals for the game. In addition, Texas Tech collected 29 rebounds (11 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Texas Tech ended up going 50.0% when shooting free throws by burying 5 of their 10 shots. They made 6 of 13 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
RJ Nembhard is one player who was a contributor in the game. He ended up scoring 10 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. He played for 31 mins and pulled down 4 rebounds. Nembhard finished the contest at 33.3% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Horned Frogs was Kevin Samuel. He pulled down 3 rebounds in his 22 min on the hardwood. He walked away from this one shooting 100.0% from the floor for the game by shooting 3-of-3 (7 points). When the game finished, Samuel wasn't able to get an assist.
West Virginia has a mark of 17-7 this season. West Virginia has scored 1,862 points on the campaign (77.6 per contest) and they average 38.6 rebounds per contest. The Mountaineers are responsible for committing 16.3 personal fouls per game and they connect on 70.9% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Mountaineers are hitting on 43.2% from the field, which ranks 232nd in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per game (121st in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per contest. The Mountaineers defensively are ranked 224th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 71.8. They concede 13.9 assists and 35.2 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 251st and 190th in college basketball. The West Virginia defense surrenders 32.7% on shots from beyond the arc (180 of 551) and their opposition makes 69.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 14.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the field (203rd in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the West Virginia Mountaineers went home defeated by a final of 94-89 when they played the Baylor Bears. The Mountaineers snagged 21 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards totaling 34 for this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 16 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Bears were called for 22 fouls for the contest which got the Mountaineers to the charity stripe for a total of 32 shots. They were able to make 28 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 87.5%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, West Virginia converted 9 of 23 tries (39.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Mountaineers shot 26 for 56 from the floor which had them sitting at 46.4%. The Mountaineers permitted the Bears to make 36 of their 70 tries from the floor which had them shooting 51.4% for this contest. They went 41.9% from beyond the arc by going 13 out of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 14 from the charity stripe (64.3%). When it comes to rebounding, West Virginia permitted Baylor to snag 29 overall (13 offensive).
Miles McBride ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers in the matchup. He converted 5 out of 14 in the game for a rate of 35.7%, and had 4 rebounds. McBride scored 19 points in his 40 minutes on the court and had 8 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who came through for West Virginia was Sean McNeil. He accumulated no assists in his 39 mins on the court, and he put in 7 of 11 from the floor. McNeil ended up shooting 63.6% from the floor while contributing 18 points and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take West Virginia (-13.5)
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