The 6th seed TCU Horned Frogs (22-12) and No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-5) meet Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The West Region contest at the Ball Arena in Denver is scheduled to tip at 9:40 PM ET (TBS). Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around TCU vs. Gonzaga odds as we do our expert college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.
TCU defeated Arizona State 72-70 on Friday. The Frogs are looking to win back-to-back games for just the second time since January 24. They shot 35.5% from the floor Friday and have shot just 37.3% over their last 4 games – well below their season average of 45.37% (127th).
Gonzaga is No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs rebounded for an 82-70 win over Grand Canyon on Friday, shooting 53.6% from the field and going plus-16 in rebounding margin (38-22). The Bulldogs enter on a 10-game winning streak.
TCU vs. Gonzaga odds
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- Money line: TCU +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Gonzaga -210 (bet $210 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): TCU +4.5 (-105) | Gonzaga -4.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 156.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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TCU vs. Gonzaga picks and predictions
Gonzaga 77, TCU 73
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Against the spread
TCU’s defense, especially on the perimeter, will be key against a Bulldogs five that hits 38.9% of its looks from beyond the arc (9th). The Frogs have held opponents to a 30.8% mark (32nd). TCU gets a lot of looks up close. Attach the frogs as possible to keep this game close to the wire.
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The Under is 4-1 over TCU’s last 5 games and 4-1-1 in their last 6 neutral site games. It is also 3-0 in Gonzaga’s last 3 games and 4-1 in their last 5 neutral site games.
Pace numbers point to a high-scoring affair, but this total is a bit too aggressive. The Bulldogs are a great shooting team, but some decline in numbers could well come due to a TCU defense that has been pretty good since the middle of the season.
Lean is lean against a partial unit play on UNDER 156.5 (-112).
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