Wednesday college basketball odds: No. 5 Kansas at TCU
Kansas hasn’t lost back-to-back games in more than five years and it seems unlikely that will be the case on Wednesday night as KU faces TCU for the first time as a Big 12 foe. The Jayhawks opened as 19.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current odds.
Kansas lost its USA Today No. 1 ranking with Saturday’s 85-80 home loss to Oklahoma State. It ended the Jayhawks’ nation-leading 18-game winning streak — and their 33-game streak at the Phog, too. OSU hadn’t beaten a top-5 team on the road since knocking off the Jayhawks on Jan. 2, 1958. Ben McLemore had 23 points to lead Kansas. Kevin Young added 12 and Jeff Withey had 10 as the Jayhawks lost at home to Oklahoma State for the first time since Feb. 8, 1989.
Kansas averages 74.2 points per game and is giving up 59.9 for a Big 12-leading +14.3 scoring margin. KU is outrebounding foes 38.9 to 32.8 and averages 7.5 steals, while leading the conference in field goal percentage at 47.8, three-point field goal percentage at 36.9, field goal percentage defense at 35.4 and blocked shots at 7.4. All-America candidate senior C Jeff Withey leads Kansas in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and has seven double-doubles this season. Withey leads the league in blocked shots at 4.2 per game, which ranks third nationally.
TCU (9-12, 0-8) lost 60-43 at Texas for its eighth straight loss. Adrick McKinney had 13 points and eight rebounds for TCU. Sophomore G Kyan Anderson leads TCU in scoring with 11.2 points per game. He is also the team leader with 28 three-pointers, 70 assists and 32 steals.
“We’re going to fight, keep playing hard. We’re not a great shooting team, there’s no secret about that,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “Still, some of those kids have to step up.”
Though this is the first conference meeting between Kansas and TCU, the men’s basketball series between the two schools dates back to 1952 when the Jayhawks defeated the Horned Frogs 68-64 on March 21 in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas is 4-0 against TCU with two games on neutral floors: the 1952 contest and a KU 94-78 win vs. TCU on Dec. 20, 1997, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. KU swept a home-and-home series with TCU in 2003 and 2004 with an 85-66 win in Fort Worth on Dec. 1, 2003, and a 93-74 victory on Dec. 9, 2004, in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 8-3 all-time against TCU, including 2-0 while at Kansas. TCU head coach Trent Johnson is 1-0 against Kansas. In Self’s first season at Kansas, Johnson’s Stanford team defeated KU 64-58 on Dec. 6, 2003, in Anaheim, Calif., in the Wooden Classic.
WagerWeb.com trends: Horned Frogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Horned Frogs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. Horned Frogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Horned Frogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. Jayhawks are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss. Jayhawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games.