8:00 p.m. ET – TCU at No.15 Kansas (-13.5) O/U: 136½
The 9-5 Horned Frogs travel to Lawrence to take on the No. 15 Jayhawks (10-5) on Thursday night. TCU has not been in action since a 82-46 at Oklahoma on Jan. 12. Kansas is coming off a loss to that same Oklahoma team last Saturday, 75-68. The Jayhawks are looking for the season sweep of TCU, as they beat the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth on Jan. 5, 93-64. The Jayhawks’ leading scorer that night was forward David McCormack, who put up 20 points while making 7-of-9 shots from the field. TCU was led by forward Chuck O’Bannon Jr., who scored his season-high 18 points. Kansas shot 56 percent from the field in the first matchup and dominated the glass, outrebounding TCU 40-18.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|TCU||+14½ (-110)||+870||O 136½ (-110)|
|Kansas||-14½ (-110)||-1500||U 136½ (-110)|
TCU is led by guard R.J. Nembhard who averages 17.2 points per game. Nembhard scored 14 points in the first matchup and also turned the ball over five times. Kansas is led by guard Ochai Agbaji who averages 14.5 points per game. Agbaji poured in 19 points in the first matchup on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. TCU has had 16 days off in between games because of COVID-induced postponements. In many cases throughout college basketball this season, such long layoffs have proven to be detrimental upon a team’s immediate return and understandably so. The Horned Frogs, on the other hand, had lost each of their previous three games by 13 points or more and desperately needed a chance to hit the reset button.
Kansas is 3-6 against the spread at home this season, as Allen Fieldhouse has not been the same graveyard for Big 12 opponents without the usual sell-out crowds during the pandemic. Kansas has a big matchup on deck at Tennessee only two short days after this outing, so it is expected Coach Bill Self will look to rest his starters as much as possible in the second half if possible. That will, of course, require getting out to a big enough lead before then to allow him to that luxury. TCU is too talented and too well coached to just roll over for the rest of the season or even in the second half of this game if it gets down as expected. Kansas will win, but the Horned Frogs will stay inside the number even if it requires a late run against Jayhawk reserves late in the game to get them there.