Baylor at TCU: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Baylor at TCU: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

TCU Horned Frogs (10-1) vs Baylor Bears (14-0)

Game Info: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena)

Betting Odds: TCU Horned Frogs +9 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Schollmaier Arena. When these two teams faced off in January of 2021 it was Baylor that won 67-49. 

Baylor comes into this game with a 14-0 record overall and in the last game against Oklahoma, they were able to win 84-74. Baylor likes to play a fast pace and they are currently averaging 83.3 points while their defense is giving up 59.1 points per game. James Akingo has been the top player for Baylor averaging 14 points while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from behind the three-point line. Guard LJ Cryer has also had a big season averaging 12.8 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the TCU Horned Frogs who sit with a 10-1 record overall. TCU has dealt with COVID issues and their last game on December 21st against Grambling State. In that game, the offense was strong, scoring 90 points per game. TCU is averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 61.7 points per game. Guard Mike Miles has been the top player for TCU averaging 16.9 points while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from behind the three point line. In this game if TCU wants a chance to come away with a victory the defense is going to need to be strong.

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The over is 23-9 in Baylor’s last 32 games overall. TCU is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games against the Big 12. The under is 6-2-1 in TCU’s last nine home games. The favorite is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings played between Baylor and TCU.

This series has been dominated by the favorite, and that isn’t going to change in this game. TCU is a talented team, but this is a big step up in competition, and Baylor is going to have no issues running up the score. TCU’s offense isn’t going to be able to keep up with Baylor’s defense stepping up, and that will be the difference. Back Baylor against the spread. 

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