The TCU Horned Frogs will be trying to get back on the winning track when they visit the Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday afternoon. TCU had won nine in a row before falling at Kansas on Wednesday. The Sooners are 12-3 overall but have dropped two of their last three contests at the hands of Kansas and Texas Tech.
Time to start a new streak
TCU saw a nine-game winning streak end on Wednesday with a 77-68 road loss to ninth-ranked Kansas. The Horned Frogs gave up 24 points to the Jayhawks on a season-high 20 turnovers. Redshirt freshman R.J. Nembhard scored a career-high 14 points to lead a balanced attack for TCU, as five players scored in double-figures. The Horned Frogs are first in the Big 12 and fourth nationally in assists (19.6) thanks mostly to senior Alex Robinson, who dished out four helpers against Kansas to lead his team for the 12th straight game while his conference-leading 8.4 assists per game are almost twice as much as second place Tyrese Haliburton of Iowa State (4.3 apg).
Junior guard Desmond Bane (14.3 points per game) leads five TCU players who average in double-figures and he has totaled 35 points on 14-for-21 shooting (4-for-5 from three-point range) in the Horned Frogs’ first two Big 12 outings. Redshirt freshman Kevin Samuel scored 12 points while going 6-for-7 from the floor against the Jayhawks, as the 6’11” center enters the weekend leading the conference in field-goal percentage (75.0). Samuel tops a TCU team that is first in the Big 12 in shooting (49.7 percent) while sitting second in scoring offense (79.6 ppg) and scoring margin (plus-13.1). TCU junior guard Jaylen Fisher leads the conference in three-pointers made per game (3.3) while boasting the third-best three-point percentage (44.1). Robinson’s 8.4 assists per game is second in the country to Murray State’s Ja Morant (10.5 apg).
Oklahoma will look to keep its perfect home record intact Saturday when the Sooners welcome TCU to Norman. OU has endured tough schedule to open league play and lost 66-59 to No. 8 Texas Tech on Tuesday for its second setback against a top-10 team in less than a week (also a 70-63 defeat to Kansas on Jan. 2 in the conference opener). The Sooners continued their dominance on the boards on Tuesday, as the nation’s sixth-best rebounding team (43.1 per game) grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to the Red Raiders’ three and won the second-chance battle 16 to four.
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Kristian Doolittle saw his career-high streak of four straight double-figure scoring games come to an end in Tuesday’s loss, but the junior finished with nine points and led the Sooners in rebounds (eight) and steals (five). Senior Christian James scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds against Texas Tech. James is fourth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.9) and fifth in rebounding (7.7).
The Oklahoma Sooners are:
- 12-2-2 ATS in their last 16 overall
- 6-0 ATS in their last six home games
- 10-1-2 ATS in their last 13 games against teams with winning records
The TCU Horned Frogs are:
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Big 12
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss
- 7-3 Under in their last 10 road games against teams with home winning percentages over .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Oklahoma holds a 10-3 advantage in the head-to-head series since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012-13. A tough schedule for the Sooners should start paying off sooner rather than later, as they are well-prepared for the conference slate. The Sooners are 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 against opponents with winning percentages over .600, 5-1 ATS in their last six at home against opponents with winning road records, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five against the Big 12, and 4-1 ATS in their last five following a loss.
Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners
Full-Game Total Pick
Oklahoma sits second in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (37.9) and third in three-point field goal defense (30.5) after holding the Red Raiders to 26.3 percent shooting (5-for-19) from the land of plenty. The under is 7-3 Under in the Horned Frogs’ last 10 on the road against opponents with home winning percentages over .600. It is also 6-1 in the Sooners’ last seven overall, 6-0 in their last six at home, 6-0 in their last six against the Big 12, 5-2 in their last seven against opponents with winning percentages over .600, and 4-1 in their last five at home against opponents with winning road records. Look for this one to stay under the total.