TCU vs. Oklahoma State Prediction: Back the Horned Frogs to Cash on Tuesday

TCU vs. Oklahoma State predictions and pick for Tuesday's college basketball matchup in the Big 12. Handicapper LightningLocks analyzes this showdown between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and TCU Horned Frogs.
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TCU vs. Oklahoma State Prediction: Back the Horned Frogs to Cash on Tuesday

If you want one game, let's go to Big 12 country as we go to Fort Worth and see if TCU can beat Oklahoma State tonight in a pivotal game for their tournament chances. On January 19th in Stillwater, these teams did meet, and Oklahoma State pulled out a 57-56 win.

TCU vs. Oklahoma State Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, February 8

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPNU

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TCU vs. Oklahoma State Prediction

TCU, the Horned Frogs are missing Mike Miles, or aren't they? He is supposed to be back tonight, but whether he is or isn't will affect our play tonight. They may have won without him in the first matchup because he stunk it up going 2-15 and missing all 11 of his 2 point shots, and had four turnovers to boot. This is not what you expect from your leader and best player. He did play against Oklahoma, where he got hurt and didn't play much better there, and he missed the last game where TCU looked lost but let's hope he does play today as he does average over 17 a game. We are giving TCU a mulligan because, as Coach Dixon said, "Not our best performance," TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. "We didn't know about Mike being out until right before the game, so we didn't have a lot of time to prepare for that. We've got to play better". They know what's up tonight, and they have a little revenge because they were up the whole game and with 90 seconds left up 56-50. They missed every shot in those last 90 seconds, and Oklahoma State went on a 7-0 run to win the game. Miles and Baugh, their two best players, went 4-26 and 2-10 from the 3 point line.

TCU is not the best offense( 245th in the country averaging 68.8 a game), but they shot 9% worse than their average, and their two best players shot 13% (mind-blowing, they only lost by 1). The key to this game is rebounds as TCU had 11 more last time and ranked 5th in the country, getting over 38 a game, while Oklahoma State is 232, giving up almost 33 a game. It doesn't help that Oklahoma State doesn't have a center and plays a four-guard lineup. Speaking of Oklahoma State, they are not good and had lost four in a row before they beat their rival Oklahoma, and that's only because they shot 10% better in the game as they only had four offensive rebounds. Rarely do you win a game like that. Oklahoma State has no identity, which is why they are .500 (11-11) this year, and we say that because everyone on the team plays, they have only one guy playing over 30 minutes a game and only two over 25 a game. Eleven guys play over 10 minutes on this team, and only three score in double figures (barely).

This team also stinks on the road; they beat Oral Roberts in overtime and the head-scratcher of the year, beating a Baylor team that shot only 31% but still a shocker. Oklahoma State isn't going anywhere this year, but TCU has three ranked opponents on deck, so if they don't win, they will be joining Oklahoma State going nowhere this year or maybe the NIT. As we mentioned, whether Miles plays or not, the team will be prepared as the coach said they weren't for the Kansas State game, which is why they lost by double digits. However, because this is a must-win and the revenge for the choke job in Stillwater, we feel very confident TCU can pull out the win today and cover the -2 available at Fanduel and most other places. TCU had won four of the previous five against Oklahoma State before the choke job, and at home, with a bunch of Horned Frogs fans going nuts, let's lay the two and hope the Cowboys miss with their bullets tonight.

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