Big 12 College Basketball Picks: #9 Kansas Jayhawks at TCU Horned Frogs

#9 Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center – Fort Worth, Texas

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPNU
Opening Line: Kansas -3 1/2
Current Line: Kansas -4 1/2
Opening Total: 131
Current Total: 134 1/2
Opening Money Line: Kansas -225 / TCU +185
Current Money Line: Kansas -210 / TCU +180

Kansas looks to stay in first place in the Big 12 as they travel to TCU Wednesday night.
Kansas looks to stay in first place in the Big 12 as they travel to TCU Wednesday night.

The 16-3 Kansas Jayhawks leads the Big 12 at 5-1 by a half game over West Virginia and Iowa State. Kansas has won at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title for the last 10 seasons. Next up for the Jayhawks, is a trip to Fort Worth Wednesday night to take on the 14-15 Texas Christian Horned Frogs. TCU is 1-5 in conference and in 9 place ahead of only 1-6 Texas Tech.


In a series that dates back to 1952, Kansas leads the series against TCU 7-1. The lone win for the Horned Frogs came in Fort Worth in 2012 in the first year TCU was in the Big 12. Kansas has won 3 straight games since that game, including both meetings last year 91-69 in Fort Worth and 95-65 in Lawrence. Kansas will host TCU February 21.


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Kansas is coached by Bill Self. The Jayhawks have losses to Kentucky in Indianapolis, at Temple and at Iowa State. Kansas has won 2 straight games. The Jayhawks have home wins over UC-Santa Barbara, Florida, Kent State, UNLV, Texas Tech,  Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Kansas has neutral site wins over Rhode Island, Tennessee and Michigan State in a tournament in Orlando, plus over Utah in Kansas City. The Jayhawks have road wins at Georgetown, Baylor and Texas 75-62 Saturday. Kansas is 12-6 ATS and the total is 11-6 this season. The Jayhawks were 3 point favorites against Texas and the total was 130.5.

TCU is coached by Trent Johnson. The Horned Frogs have home losses to West Virginia, Baylor and Texas along with  road losses to Kansas State and West Virginia Saturday 86-85 in overtime. The Horned Frogs went 13-0 in non-conference play before losing 5 of the last 6 games in Big 12 play including 2 straight. The Horned Frogs also have home wins over Washington State and UTSA, along with neutral site wins over Bradley and Mississippi State in a tournament in Corpus Christi, and a road win over Ole Miss and Texas Tech. TCU is 6-7 ATS and the total is 3-7 this season. The Horned Frogs were 9.5 point underdogs against West Virginia and the total was 131.5.

Kansas is outscoring teams 72-65 this season. The Jayhawks are shooting 43.5% from the field and 39.4% from 3 point range. Kansas is #27 nationally in 3 point shooting. The Jayhawks make 71.3% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 40.8% from the field and 32.8% from 3 point range. Kansas averages 39.2 rebounds per game and opponents average 30.1 per game. The Jayhawks are #25 nationally in rebounding. Kansas averages 14.2 assists, 12.3 turnovers, 6.7  steals and 4.8 blocks per game. Opponents average 11.8 assists, 11.6 turnovers, 5.7 steals and 5.7 blocks per game.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis averages 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Frank Mason III averages 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Wayne Selden, Jr. averages 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. Cliff Alexander averages 8.7 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. Kelly Oubre, Jr. averages 8.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. Devonte Graham, Brannen Greene, Jamari Traylor, and Landon Lucas will also get time in the rotation.

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TCU is outscoring teams 71-57 this season. The Horned Frogs are #15 nationally in points allowed. TCU is shooting 46.4% from the field and 34% from 3 point range. The Horned Frogs are #57 nationally in field goal percentage. TCU makes 61.4% of their free throws. The Horned Frogs are #341 out of 353 teams in free throw shooting. Opponents are shooting 35.5% from the field including 30.8% from 3 point range. TCU is #4 nationally in field goal defense. The Horned Frogs average 39.1 rebounds per game and opponents average 29.2. TCU is #36 nationally in rebounding. TCU averages 14.2 assists, 12.6 turnovers, 5.8 steals and 5.8 blocks per game. Opponents average 8.8 assists, 13.2 turnovers, 6 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

TCU guard Kyan Anderson averages 13.7 points, 1.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Trey Zeigler averages 8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Kenrich Williams averages 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. Karviar Shepherd averages 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Chris Washburn averages 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Amric Fields averages 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Brandon Parrish, Chauncey Collins, and Hudson Price will also get  minutes in the rotation.

Kansas is 7-1 ATS against teams with winning records and overall, 5-1 after a straight up win and a cover, 26-10-1 against Big 12 teams, and 33-16-2 in Wednesday games. The over is 3-1-1 in this series recently.

TCU is 17-35 ATS after a cover, 19-40 against Big 12 teams, 22-51 at home, 2-5 overall, and and 7-19 against teams with winning road records.

Kansas is arguably the best team in a loaded Big 12, but they shouldn’t take TCU lightly. TCU nearly upset West Virginia on the road last week. Kansas should win this game but they can’t look ahead to Kansas State on Saturday.

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