TCU vs. Utah State: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 22, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

In the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, the TCU Horned Frogs (21-12) will play the Utah State Aggies (27-6), with Emanuel Miller and Great Osobor the key players to watch. Tipoff at Gainbridge Fieldhouse will be at 9:55 PM ET. The Horned Frogs match up with the Aggies in a game that TCU is currently a small favorite by 3.5 points. A 149.5-point total has been set for the matchup.

TCU vs. Utah State Betting Lines

TCU vs Utah State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
TCU -3.5 149.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Utah State (+3.5)
Total Pick Over (149.5)

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TCU vs. Utah State Stat Rankings

TCU Avg. (Rank) Utah State Avg. (Rank)
79.2 (51st) Points Scored 79.8 (43rd)
71.2 (157th) Points Allowed 70.3 (124th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
11.3 (28th) Off. Rebounds 8.5 (226th)
6.5 (262nd) 3pt Made 6.3 (287th)
16.9 (17th) Assists 16.4 (24th)
12.1 (271st) Turnovers 10.8 (132nd)

TCU vs. Utah State Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, the Horned Frogs are 19-14-0 this year.
  • As 3.5-point favorites or more, TCU is 14-7 against the spread.
  • The Horned Frogs have played 33 games this season, and 18 of them have hit the over.
  • TCU’s games have finished with more than 149.5 points 15 times so far this year.
  • The over/under in this matchup is 149.5 points, 1.0 fewer than the average total in this season’s Horned Frogs contests.
  • Utah State has covered the spread 14 times in 31 games.
  • The Aggies are winless ATS (0-5) when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs this season.
  • TCU has seen 18 of its 33 games go over the point total.
  • Aggies games have finished with over 149.5 points scored 13 times this year.
  • The average total points scored in Utah State’s games this year (149.5) is 0.6 points higher than the total for this matchup.

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TCU Impact Players

  • Miller is tops on the Horned Frogs with 15.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds, while also putting up 2.6 assists.
  • Micah Peavy is averaging 11.1 points, 2.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per contest.
  • Jameer Nelson Jr. paces the Horned Frogs at 3.3 assists per contest, while also posting 2.6 rebounds and 11.4 points.
  • Avery Anderson III is tops on his squad in assists per game (3.3), and also puts up 7.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. At the other end, he puts up 1.4 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
  • JaKobe Coles posts 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. At the other end, he delivers 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.

Utah State Impact Players

  • Osobor is the Aggies’ top scorer (18.0 points per game) and rebounder (9.2), and delivers 2.9 assists.
  • Darius Brown II is the Aggies’ top assist man (6.5 per game), and he contributes 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. His assist average ranks him 10th in the nation.
  • The Aggies receive 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game from Mason Falslev.
  • Ian Martinez is posting 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, making 47.3% of his shots from the field and 37.8% from beyond the arc, with 1.5 treys per game.
  • Josh Uduje is putting up 8.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game, making 42.0% of his shots from the field.

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