TCU vs Baylor 2020 College Basketball Odds, Preview & Expert Pick.

TCU vs Baylor 2020 College Basketball Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Written by on January 31, 2020

Top-ranked Baylor will stay at No. 1 in the new polls next Monday if the Bears take care of business at home against struggling TCU on Saturday in Big 12 action. Baylor will be a sizable favorite on the Mybookie NCAAB odds.

How to Bet TCU vs Baylor College Basketball Odds & Game Info

  • When: Saturday, 4 PM ET
  • Where: Ferrell Center, Waco
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: SiriusXM
  • College Basketball Odds: TBA

TCU vs Baylor Season Series

First meeting, with TCU hosting Baylor on Feb. 29 – Leap Day.

Last year, they split. The Frogs were slaughtered at Baylor, 90-64. Makai Mason made nine 3-pointers, the most by a Big 12 player in the 2018-19 season, and scored a career-high 40 points for the Bears. He finished 14-of-20 shooting, including 9-of-12 on 3-pointers. Mason’s nine made 3s were one short of the Baylor overall single-game school record set by LaceDarius Dunn. Baylor’s first 16 points after halftime were scored by Mason, part of a 7 1/2-minute stretch when he made his first eight shots after the break — six of them from beyond the arc. JD Miller had 17 points for TCU.

Why Bet on TCU?

The Frogs (13-7, 4-3 Big 12) lost for the fourth time in five games Wednesday, 62-61 at home vs. rival Texas. TCU had the ball with a chance to win with 6 seconds remaining, but RJ Nembhard was called for traveling on a drive. Nembhard scored 17 points, including a tying 3 to cap the late 8-0 run. Texas shot 50% from 3-point range (11 of 22) to stop a season-high three-game losing streak. The Horns never trailed after Jase Febres hit a 3 in the final seconds of the first half for a 28-27 halftime lead. The Frogs fell to 1-6 when trailing at halftime.

Sophomore Kevin Samuel dominated the first half for the Frogs, scoring 13 points on 6-of-7 from the field. He went on to finish the game with 17 points and five rebounds. Samuel is averaging 15.5 in his last four games.

Desmond Bane had 12 points. Bane played in 129th game as a Horned Frog moving him into a tie for fourth on the all-time list with Kyan Anderson (2011-15) and Garlon Green (2009-13). It was the 17th time this season Bane has scored in double figures. He leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.6) and 3-point field goals made (2.8).

Important Numbers

TCU forced 17 turnovers. It has forced opponents to double-digit turnover totals in every game but one this year. The Longhorns shot 11-of-22 (50 percent) from 3-point range, tying for the second highest 3-point percentage allowed by TCU this season. Texas’ 11 3-pointers were tied for the most the Frogs have given up from deep all year.

TCU leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (9.4) and blocks per game (4.7) and ranks second in 3-point percentage (35.5) and assists/turnover ratio (1.17) and third in assists (16.1).

For this game, the Frogs are facing a No. 1 team for the eighth time in program history and are 1-0 in the Jamie Dixon era against No. 1 opponents.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 69.00
  • Field Goal Percentage: 43.43
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.34
  • Free Throw Percentage: 62.63
  • Total Rebounds: 36.05

Defense

  • Total Score: 63.05
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.40
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.57
  • Free Throw Percentage: 66.36
  • Total Rebounds: 32.95

Why Bet on Baylor?

Baylor (18-1, 7-0 Big 12) won its 17th straight game Wednesday, 67-53 at Iowa State. The Cyclones shot 36% from the field and turned the ball over 16 times. The Bears — the only team in the country with five wins against AP Top 25 opponents this season — used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to turn a five-point lead into a 59-41 edge with 7:43 left.

Four players scored in double figures, led by junior guard MaCio Teague with 15 points, as the Bears remained unbeaten in true road games at 6-0. Freddie Gillespie finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Devonte Bandoo and Davion Mitchell also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Baylor dominated the boards, 39-28, and outscored the Cyclones in the paint, 44-22.

TCU vs Baylor should be an easy one for the Bears.

More Numbers

The Bears are 44-4 when leading at halftime over the last three seasons since 2017-18 (12-1 this season). Baylor is 106-21 since 2015-16 when leading at any point in the second half of a game (18-1 this season). Baylor’s defense has forced 15+ turnovers in 11 of 19 games. BU has held five Big 12 opponents to 55 or fewer points, the program record for a season (Texas 44, Texas Tech 52, Kansas 55, Iowa State 55, Iowa State 53). Baylor is 125-9 under Scott Drew when holding its opponent to fewer than 50 points, including a 10-0 mark this season.

The Bears are 7-0 to begin conference play for the first time since the 1958 team started 10-0 in the Southwest Conference. Baylor went undefeated in January for the first time since 1948. The 17-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation and matches the program record set by the 2011-12 team that won its first 17 games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 72.37
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.91
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.52
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.47
  • Total Rebounds: 38.95

Defense

  • Total Score: 58.32
  • Field Goal Percentage: 38.20
  • Three-Point Percentage: 30.79
  • Free Throw Percentage: 67.24
  • Total Rebounds: 32.47

TCU vs Baylor 2020 College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Horned Frogs are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games on the road
  • Horned Frogs are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games this season
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of TCU’s last 12 games played in February
  • Bears are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games at home
  • Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games this season
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Baylor’s last 8 games played in February

Expert Final Score Prediction for TCU vs Baylor

TCU 54 – Baylor 69

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