West Virginia vs TCU Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/12/24

TCU (16-7) vs West Virginia (8-15)

Game Info: Monday, February 12, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena)

Betting Odds: TCU -12.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to Fort Worth to meet the Texas Christian Horned Frogs in Big 12 play this Monday from the Schollmaier Arena on ESPN+. WVU leads the head-to-head series, 18-5, but TCU comes in as 12.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 149.5. Stay tuned for our West Virginia vs TCU Prediction. 

West Virginia Mountaineers Preview

West Virginia dropped to 8-15 after losing to Texas in Austin, 94-58. The Mountaineers were bullied for 40 minutes by the Longhorns, and they’ll attempt to show more fight here in Fort Worth. WVU is scoring 68.0 points per game, on 41.4% shooting, while allowing 66.5 ppg, and they’re currently 14th in the Big 12 with a 3-7 record in conference play. The Mountaineers are 3-7 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 0-5 on the road this season. 

WVU Team Profile

  • Josh Eilert’s squad matches their counterparts' energy from a pace standpoint, also averaging just 66.4 possessions per game (341st), and they’ve shot 32.8% from the outside (227th). 
  • Veteran guard Raequan Battle has cooled off after a hot start in conference play, but he still leads WVU in scoring at 15.2 ppg. 
  • Former Syracuse center Jesse Edwards returned with a 25-point double-double in the win over Cincy, and he leads West Virginia in rebounding (8.4), while scoring 15.0 ppg. 
  • Iona transfer Quinn Slazinski hasn’t shot well over the past two games, but he’s still averaging a solid 13.0 ppg. 
  • Senior guard Kerr Kriisa went for a team-high 23 points in the BYU matchup, and he leads WVU in assists (4.6), while scoring 11.2 ppg. 

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Texas Christian Horned Frogs Preview

TCU comes to 16-6 after falling to Iowa State in Ames, 71-59. The Horned Frogs were outscored in both halves by the Cyclones, and they’ll look to respond here at home against the Cyclones. TCU is scoring 81.8 points per game, on 48.6% shooting, while allowing 68.5 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Big 12 with a 4-3 record in conference play. The Horned Frogs are 5-5 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 10-2 in Fort Worth this season. 

TCU Team Profile

  • Jamie Dixon’s team prefers to play fast, averaging 74.4 possessions per game (51st), and they’ve knocked down 35.8% of their treys (87th). 
  • Senior forward Emanuel Miller went for a game-high 18 points in the ISU matchup, and he leads TCU in scoring (16.5) and rebounding (5.9). 
  • Veteran guard Micah Peavy has scored 16 points or more in three of the previous five games, and he’s second on the team at 11.1 ppg.  
  • Delaware transfer Jameer Nelson Jr. came thru with a season-high 30 points in the Baylor victory, and he’s up to 10.7 ppg. 
  • Arlington native Trevian Tennyson led the way with 23 points in the win over Texas Tech, and he’s averaging 9.8 ppg. 

West Virginia vs Texas Christian Trends

  • WVU is 9-13-1 against the spread, with a 12-11 O/U record
  • TCU is 13-10 ATS, with a 12-11 over/under record.

West Virginia vs TCU Prediction

West Virginia has the pieces to compete, but they’ve ended up struggling with the growing depth of the Big 12 conference, and those struggles may continue here in Fort Worth. TCU has taken a few blows themselves, as they enter this one on the heels of two losses, and we should see a sense of urgency from them to get back into the win column against a struggling WVU squad. The Mountaineers are winless on the road this season, and I like the Horned Frogs chances of continuing that trend. This is a big number for the visitors to work with in a conference bout, so I like tilting it in TCU’s favor, and rolling with them this Monday evening.

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