The Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinals conclude Thursday night when the TCU Horned Frogs (20-11, 9-9 in Big 12) visit the Kansas State Wildcats (23-8, 11-7). Jerry Palm has TCU as the sixth seed in the East region and Kansas State as the second seed in the South going into the Big 12 Tournament, with this game likely to change those places. Below is my college basketball prediction for TCU vs Kansas State.
TCU vs Kansas State Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Kansas State +1.5|
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This game will be played at T-Mobile Center at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
✅ Kansas State is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played.
✅ The Wildcats are 12-6 in their last 18 conference games.
✅ TCU is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
TCU Horned Frogs: Aiming to Rebound From Disappointing Regular Season Finale
Last time out, TCU visited the Oklahoma Sooners and were comfortably beaten 74-60. This game was uncompetitive from the start as the Sooners scored 16 of the first 18 points of the game and never looked back. An impressive performance by the Sooners. TCU trailed by as many as 24 points, never led in the game, and lost outright as two-point favorites.
Mike Miles Jr. had 17 points, two rebounds, and one steal on the day. Damion Baugh added 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals in the defeat.
Through 31 games, TCU is scoring 75.5 points per game, shooting 46.2% from the field, and assisting on 16.3 made shots. The Horned Frogs are allowing 68.0 points, grabbing 35.7 rebounds, blocking 4.6 shots, and stealing the ball 8.3 times.
Kansas State Wildcats: Will Loss to West Virginia Cost Them In Big 12 Tournament?
Kansas State ended their regular season with an 89-81 road defeat against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Wildcats were the better team for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Mountaineers went on a big run and ended the first half leading by two. After the break, the Mountaineers continued that momentum and comfortably clinched the win. Kansas State trailed by as many as 15 points, led by 10, and could not cover the +5.0-point spread.
Keyontae Johnson had 23 points, six rebounds, and two assists in the game. Markquis Nowell added 24 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and six steals in the loss.
After 31 games, Kansas State is scoring 75.8 points per game, shooting 45.4% from the field, and assisting on 16.9 made shots. The Wildcats are allowing 68.7 points, grabbing 35.5 rebounds, blocking 2.7 shots, and stealing the ball 7.8 times.
Another TCU vs Kansas State Postseason Matchup
Of course, this is the second postseason meeting between TCU and Kansas State in a major sport this school year. These two schools met in the Big 12 football championship game in December of 2022, with Kansas State ending the perfect season of the Horned Frogs on the football field. Here, K-State is favored to get the better of the Frogs on the basketball court when it matters as well.
These teams split their two regular season meetings, with each team winning over the other at home. With this game taking place at a neutral site, that home court advantage will not be a factor as both teams look to set up a potential semifinal date with the Texas Longhorns.