Last Updated Feb 20, 2023, 8:30 PM
Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Picks, Predictions, Odds
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The Kansas Jayhawks are tied with the Texas Longhorns for first place in the Big 12 conference standings with two weeks left to play in the regular season. Kansas hammered Baylor over the weekend to keep pace with Texas, but now the Jayhawks must go on the road where they are 4-3 in conference play this year. The Jayhawks will take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Monday night, and they will certainly be reminded of their 23-point loss to TCU earlier this season.
On Monday, February 20, 2023, the TCU Horned Frogs will host the Kansas Jayhawks at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN for this game, and a loss for TCU would eliminate them from earning at least a share of the Big 12 title.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Betting Prediction
Kansas was a seven-point favorite by the college basketball betting odds in the first meeting between these two teams this season. The Jayhawks had one of their worst performances of the season against the Horned Frogs though as everyone outside of Jalen Wilson and Kevin McCullar Jr. struggled mightily from the floor. Wilson and McCullar Jr. combined to make 16 of 27 shots for 40 points, but the rest of the team went 7 of 32 from the floor for just 20 points. Meanwhile, TCU shot over 54% from the floor and made more than 53% of their threes to turn this game into a blowout. The Horned Frogs won't have as much success from the floor this time, so Kansas will be a more complete game in order to pick up the win.
Score Prediction: Kansas 73, TCU 69
Best Bet: Kansas +1.5 (-110)
Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Betting Odds
Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Betting Resources
Date: Monday, Feb. 20, 2023
TV-Time: ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Betting Stats
TCU Horned Frogs
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Kansas Jayhawks Betting Analysis
Jalen Wilson is arguably the best player in the Big 12. Wilson was great against TCU in the first meeting between these teams, and he is averaging 20.4 PPG and 8.3 RPG. Wilson had 21 points and 13 rebounds in an excellent effort against Baylor on Saturday, but he missed all five of his three-point attempts. If he can drain a few threes on Monday, that will be huge as it will force TCU's defense to respect his range.
Freshman Gradey Dick has been hit or miss over the last month or so. The potential lottery pick started the season strong, but the grind of the regular season seems to have affected his play to a degree. Still, Dick is averaging 14.7 PPG as the second leading scorer on the Jayhawks, and he is hitting 41.4% of his threes. He is the team's best free throw shooter too, knocking down 84.9% of his freebies at the charity stripe.
Dajuan Harris Jr. has the potential to be the X-Factor against a defense like TCU. In the first meeting between these teams, Harris had eight assists, but he also finished the game with zero points in 38 minutes of action. He leads the team with 6.2 APG, and he is one of the Jayhawks hitting better than 40% from range alongside Dick.
TCU Horned Frogs Betting Analysis
Jamie Dixon has emphasized defense during his time in Fort Worth, and he has turned TCU into a program to be reckoned with in the conference. Opponents are making less than 31% of their threes against the Horned Frogs, and they rank among the best teams in the nation when it comes to steals and blocked shots. However, the offense has been sluggish at times, and that led to a four-game losing streak while leading scorer Mike Miles was injured and out of the lineup.
Miles made his long awaited return against Oklahoma State, and he had 15 points against the Cowboys. However, he also had five turnovers in the game, and he didn't look as sharp as he did before the injury. Miles is averaging 17.9 PPG and making over 53% of his field goals, so it would be a big problem for TCU if he wasn't the same threat on offense.
TCU is one of the worst perimeter shooting teams in the country, making just 29.2% of its three-pointers. Miles and Shahada Wells are both efficient scorers inside the arc, but Emanuel Miller is the only player on TCU that can occasionally sink a three. To make matters worse, TCU doesn't shoot free throws well, and the Horned Frogs get a lot of their shots blocked as no one is taller than 6'7 outside of Eddie Lampkin Jr. That doesn't bode well for the Horned Frogs in this rematch even though they are playing at home.