The TCU Horned Frogs drew first blood in their recent matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks, winning the game by ten points. This is a huge morale booster for the underdogs as they play in front of an unfamiliar crowd on Thursday night. Both teams are about to reach the end of their regular-season run, and we look forward to another heated battle brewing this time around.
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TCU vs. Kansas Game Information
- When: Thursday, March 3, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: KTCU 88.7-FM (TCU) / WHB 810 (Kansas)
- Live Stream: March Madness Live
- NCAAB Betting Odds: TCU (+11.0) / Kansas (-11.0)
Why Bet on TCU Horned Frogs?
The Horned Frogs beat the odds after pulling off a 74-64 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. It’s a plus for the side knowing they have the firepower to win against a top-two Big 12 team. TCU recently snapped a three-game losing streak and is looking to secure three consecutive wins.
TCU gets its pace from defense. The team averages 64.4 opponent points (32nd) per game. This comes from an impressive shooting defense that can keep the Kansas Jayhawks at bay. In 26 games, the Horned Frogs managed to keep opponents 47.6% from the field (65th). This involves a 47.6% opponent two-point (86th) and 31.7% three-point (74th) shooting. Rebounding also plays a huge role for the Horned Frogs as they average 39.4 total rebounds (18th) per game.
Previewing the offense, the challengers are likely to face speed bumps. The Horned Frogs average 68.6 points (225th) per game on 44.0% shooting (167th). The squad utilizes the short and mid-range and hits 50.6% of their shots from the area. Despite not having five-star shooting figures, TCU does have a top-six offensive rebounding record that opens up second-chance points.
Why Bet on Kansas Jayhawks?
We expect the Kansas Jayhawks to push hard on the offensive. The hosts average 79.1 points (13th) per game while shooting 54.9% from the field (22nd). Despite not being the best free-throw shooters in the league, they do put up impressive shooting numbers. As a team, Kansas hits 55.1% of two-point (23rd) and 36.3% three-point (57th) attempts. Moreover, an imposing offensive rebounding at 10.2 a game presents more scoring opportunities for the side.
Defensively, the Jayhawks have something to show when it comes to three-point defense. They limit opponents to under 30% from the three-point line. This keeps teams at 47.1% from the field (52nd). Meanwhile, rebounding also keeps Kansas’ defense alive. The team collects 24.8 defensive boards (83rd) per game. Ultimately, these stats are enough to keep TCU’s offense on its toes.
Zach Clemence is the latest Jayhawks player to pick up an injury. The forward sustained a concussion and is likely to sit the game out. Nonetheless, the rest of the core players, including Ochi Agbaji and Christian Braun are ready to go.
TCU vs. Kansas Betting Trends
- TCU is 4-6 in its last ten road games (7-3 ATS).
- TCU is 1-2 in its last three games against Kansas (2-1 ATS).
- The totals have gone over in two of TCU’s last four games against Kansas.
- Kansas is 4-1 in its last five games at Allen Fieldhouse (3-2 ATS).
- Kansas is 3-0 in its last three home games against TCU (1-2 ATS).
- The totals have gone under in three of Kansas’ last five home games.
TCU vs. Kansas Expert Betting Predictions
The odds might play to Kansas’ favor in this one, but do not rule out a TCU victory here. The Horned Frogs already proved that they can complete the underdog win. Momentum is also on their side in this one so covering the spread shouldn’t pose much trouble. On the other hand, Kansas is keen to bounce back from its recent defeat. Being a top-two team in the Big 12 also means they have to uphold the position. Playing in the Allen Fieldhouse adds to the team’s confidence as well. Despite the odds, we anticipate a closely contested battle between the two on Thursday.
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