TCU at Texas - 1/11/23 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (13-2) vs TCU Horned Frogs (13-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Moody Center)

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The TCU Horned Frogs will head down to Austin and face the Texas Longhorns in Big 12 play from the Moody Center on ESPN2. Texas and TCU have faced off over 185 times, with the Longhorns holding a 117-69 series lead, despite falling to the Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Tournament last season.

TCU fell to 13-2 after losing to Iowa State in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs and Cyclones battled in one of college basketball’s best games of the season so far, and ISU would steal the victory behind a big last second shot from Gabe Kalscheur. TCU is scoring 78.1 points per game, while allowing 63.5 ppg, and shooting 45.7% from the field.

TCU had their eleven-game win streak snatched away from them, but that’s no reason to overlook the real threat they bring into Austin here. The Horned Frogs suffered an inexplicable home loss to Northwestern State, and they haven’t looked back, beating Providence, Utah, Texas Tech, and Baylor along the way. Mike Miles Jr. leads the charge for Jamie Dixon’s squad for the third season in a row. The 6’2 guard scored a game-high 33 points in the win over Baylor, and he’s averaging a career-best 19.8 ppg. Senior forward Emanuel Miller leads the team in rebounding (6.3), while scoring 13.5 ppg. 

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Texas improved 13-2 beating Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Longhorns and the Cowboys found themselves in a slugfest, and UT would walk away with a 56-46 win. Texas is scoring 82.3 points per game, while allowing 65.1 ppg, and shooting 48.6% from the floor.

Texas responded in a timely form following a home loss to Kansas State that saw both sides uncharacteristically score 100 points apiece. The Longhorns got back to the basics and their rugged ways against the Cowboys, and they’ll look to add another strong win to their resume here. Marcus Carr brings over 140 games of experience to the floor, and he’s having his best season yet. The 6’2 guard scored 27 points in the shootout with KState, and he leads UT in scoring at 17.7 ppg. ISU transfer Tyrese Hunter went off for 29 points versus the Wildcats, and he’s up to 11.6 ppg. Fifth-year senior Timmy Allen leads the team in boards (5.7), and scores 10.1 ppg.

Tyrese Hunter looks solid after coming over from Big 12 rival Iowa State. The senior guard scored a game-high 26 points in the win over Gonzaga, but he’s been a bit quiet since, averaging around 12.1 ppg. Fellow veteran Marcus Carr joins him in the backcourt, and he leads UT with 15.8 ppg after a 28-point outing versus Rice, he leads UT with 15.8 ppg. Former NMST guard Sir’Jabari Rice has brought steady play to Austin, and he’s on-pace to average double figures for the fourth season in a row. Timmy Allen (10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Dillon Mitchell (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg) man the front court for the Longhorns.

TCU is 8-6-1 against the spread this season, with a 8-5-2 over/under record. Texas is 7-8 ATS this year, with a 9-6 o/u record.

The last-second loss to Iowa State was only the start of what TCU fans have dealt with in the past five days, and there is a chance they bring some fight from Arlington to Austin in hopes of retribution. The Horned Frogs have been sharp this season, and there’s always a chip on the shoulder with this matchup. We faded TCU once this week, so let’s give them a shot here by spotting them the points. 

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