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(22-15) TCU Horned Frogs vs. UCF Knights (24-11)
2017 NIT Tournament – Semi-Finals
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 9:00PM ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: TCU -2.5
CBB Betting Total: 133
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I like this matchup. At times both of these teams might have been able to go on a run and make the big tournament but they are not letting it spoil what they can achieve now. It is MSG in March and we are getting some pretty good basketball.
TCU is is an interesting team this season. They brought in a heavy hitting coach and almost immediately they started to see better results. UCF football is a bit of a sleeping giant and the basketball program is to a lesser degree as well.
TCU Horned Frogs
Under first year coach Jamie Dixon the Horned Frogs have won more games than they have since the 2004-2005 season. That was two conference affiliations ago but under Dixon there is reason to believe they can compete in the B12.
The path to get to the NIT semis has not been too daunting. In order they have beaten Fresno State, Iowa and Richmond. Iowa is the most impressive of the three as they were playing really good basketball in the second half of the season.
Kenrich Williams has had double-doubles in all three postseason games and in their win over Richmond to advance to the semi’s put up a triple double. Just a redshirt sophomore he is a player Dixon can build around for the next two seasons.
Alex Robinson, started his career at Texas A&M but the PG transferred and has found a home at TCU. He led the team in assists but has a quad injury coming into this game. He is expected to play but it could be a factor as he is key to getting the Frogs offense to play well.
UCF, out of the AAC, had a good season but it was obvious that they were in the second tier of that league when you look at their game results. Still their 24 wins are also the most since 04-05 and if they can win this game and the finals they will set a season win record.
The UCF path to the semis has included wins over Colorado, Illinois State and Illinois. Those are three good teams with the Buffs having some NBA talent and Illinois State being largely considered the best team not to have been asked to the Big Dance.
Speaking of big you can’t talk about the Knights without talking about 7’6″ 300 pound Tacko Fall. His numbers are good but just his presence on the floor has an impact on the opposition. He is just a sophomore and hopefully he comes back to school to continue his progression.
B.J. Taylor and Matt Williams are a super productive backcourt averaging 32ppg. Williams is a senior so any game could be his last. He has made the most of his final season on campus, doubling his scoring. Not bad on a defense first team.
CBB Betting Trends:
- TCU are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tue. games.
- UCF are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
- UCF are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 Tue. games.
Free TCU Horned Frogs vs. UCF Knights NCAAB Prediction:
UCF is playing really well right now. Their only loss in the last 10 games was to SMU in the AAC Tournament. They have covered in all three of their NIT games as this team has been underestimated by the markets.
TCU is more battle tested playing in the B12 where the worst team is Oklahoma not South Florida. Dixon could be an advantage too. He has coached in lots of big games and left Pitt by choice. There is a reason Johnny Dawkins is not the coach at Stanford any more.
4* Free NIT Betting Pick: UCF +2.5
Not seeing much location advantage for either team. I like the roll UCF is on and Fall as a difference maker at both ends of the court. Pretty even so go with the underdog.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: UCF 74 – TCU 70
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