TCU vs Houston Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

Houston (28-3) vs TCU (20-11)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 3:00 pm (T-Mobile Center)

Betting Odds: Houston -8.5 - Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Cougars and the TCU Horned Frogs will meet in the Quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championship this Tuesday in Kansas City from the T-Mobile Center on the Big 12 Network. Houston enters as 8.5-point favorites, with the total sitting at 143. Stay tuned for our Kansas State vs Texas Prediction. 

TCU Preview: Will the Horned Frogs Beat the Cougars Again?

TCU enters at 21-11 after defeating Oklahoma in the second round, 77-70. The Horned Frogs held off the Sooners down the stretch, and they’ll attempt to upset the Cougars this Thursday. TCU is scoring 80.4 points per game, on 47.4% shooting, while allowing 76.4 ppg, and they’re 6-4 over their previous ten games. 

TCU Team Profile

  • TCU prefers to play fast, averaging 73.8 possessions per game (45th), and they’ve knocked down 34.0% of their treys.
  • Senior forward Emanuel Miller came thru with a game-high 26 points in the win over OU, and he leads TCU in scoring (16.0) and rebounding (5.8). 
  • Delaware transfer Jameer Nelson Jr. has scored 14 points or more in four straight games, and he’s now second on the team at 11.3 ppg. 
  • Veteran guard Micah Peavy scored 16 points in the West Virginia victory, and he’s averaging 11.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg.  

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Houston Preview: Can the Cougars Complete the Mission?

Houston closed at 28-3 after defeating Kansas at home, 76-46. The Cougars embarrassed the Jayhawks on Senior Night, and they’ll look to carry that momentum into their first Big 12 tournament. Houston is scoring 74.2 points per game, on 43.8% shooting, while allowing 56.9 ppg, and they’re 6-4 over their previous ten games.

Houston Team Profile

  • Kelvin Sampson’s squad takes a rugged approach offensively, averaging 66.2 possessions per game (351st), and they’ve been solid from beyond the arc, knocking down 34.4% of their three-point shots (159th).
  • Baylor transfer LJ Cryer has hit the 22-point mark in three of his last four outings, and he leads Houston in scoring (15.7).
  • Veteran guard Jamal Shead has recorded eight dimes or more in four of the last five games, and he’s up to 13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg,and a team-leading 6.2 apg.
  • Sophomore guard Emanuel Sharp has knocked down three triples in three of the previous four contests, and he’s third on the team at 12.6 ppg. 
  • Senior forward J’Wan Roberts scored 20 points in the road win over Oklahoma, and he leads the Cougars in rebounding (7.0), while scoring 9.9 ppg.

TCU vs Houston Trends

  • Houston leads the current series, 48-26, but TCU did win this year’s meeting in Fort Worth by one, 68-67.  
  • TCU is 18-13 against the spread, with a 17-14 O/U record
  • HOU is 14-15-2 ATS, with a 13-18 over/under record.

TCU vs Houston Prediction

Houston sent a message in their season finale, and although Kansas was shorthanded, they should fare well against a TCU team on the second leg of a back-to-back. The Cougars have been menacing on the defensive end, and if they find a way to neutralize Emanuel Miller’s impact, the Horned Frogs will be in trouble. Let’s sway Houston’s way for this Big 12 battle.

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