Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs Pick – NCAAM January 5, 2021

In one of the biggest games of the evening on the college basketball card, the Kansas Jayhawks are in Texas for a meeting with the TCU Horned Frogs at Schollmaier Arena. Kansas is one of seven ranked teams hitting the court on Tuesday. They aren’t the highest rated team playing.

That belongs to the Texas Longhorns, who just knocked the Jayhawks off by a score of 84-59. Kansas thought they were just going to show up at Allen Fieldhouse and be awarded a win. It doesn’t work like that. Kansas might have been “due” for a game like that, but they could have put up a better effort.

The Jayhawks slipped to 8-2 on the season with the loss. You will find many people with Kansas going all the way in the NCAA Tournament, but they might have to catch a break or two along the way. I can say that for most teams having to catch a break, though, so it isn’t a knock on Kansas. No doubt they’re one of the better teams in the country.

This tournament is going to be wide open despite Gonzaga and Baylor looking like a clear No. 1 and No. 2 . It isn’t like we haven’t seen Gonzaga and Baylor appear dominant in the regular season, and then choke somewhere along the way. As unstoppable as the Bulldogs have looked, all it can take is one day off their game in March to end everything they’ve accomplished.

Kansas already knows how good Gonzaga can be when they’re operating at peak performance. Gonzaga defeated Kansas in the season opener by a score of 102-90 at a neutral site. Their offense has steamrolled everyone, so Kansas is no different in that regard. I’m sure Bill Self will be better prepared next time, if they were to meet again.

Kansas suffered the worst home loss in the Bill Self era against Texas. We’ll see how they respond off the loss at home against the 9-2 Horned Frogs. TCU is coming off a 67-60 win over Kansas State, their fifth straight win since a 79-70 loss against Providence on December 9. Head below for our free Kansas vs. TCU pick on January 5, 2021.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Kansas -5.5 (-110)
  • TCU +5.5 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Kansas OFF
  • TCU OFF
Total:

  • Over 138.5 (-115)
  • Under 138.5 (-105)

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Kansas vs. TCU Prediction:

Bill Self is coming off his worst loss at Allen Fieldhouse in his tenure at Kansas. He’s been the head coach of the Jayhawks since April 21, 2003, so that is some kind of rare defeat for Self and the Jayhawks. It’s rare for him to not have his team ready to play. After that performance, I have confidence in Kansas coming back with a much petter outing. Despite the big loss, Kansas has been one of the best programs in the country in 2020. Kansas has wins over a very good Creighton team, 73-72, and West Virginia, 79-65.

Their defense can be tricky, and while Gonzaga and Texas exploited them, I suspect that we’re going to see a much better performance against the Horned Frogs. Besides those two games, Kansas has allowed an average of 61.6 points per game. Their defensive effort has been solid on the road, with 57 points conceded a game. TCU has netted just 71.7 points per game for 203rd in the NCAA going into tonight.

Besides any statistics that we can breakdown in this game, I think this is going to be a case of Kansas coming out a lot hungrier than we saw against Texas. They were embarrassed on their home floor for the first time in over 17 years. That little fact must have gotten this team’s attention. After getting blown off their floor, expect a focused Jayhawks team at TCU on Tuesday night. The Horned Frogs are going to compete in this one, but can see them getting overwhelmed by a tight Kansas defense. I’m looking at a 68-60 win for Kansas in a spot where the hungrier team is likely rewarded.

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