TCU needs to turn things around, quickly


We are now in the home stretch before the NCAA tournament, with small conference tournaments beginning and the majors wrapping up their regular seasons,  there are still several teams looking to pad their resumes and impress the selection committee. Covers Expert Steve Merril takes a look at a few “bubble teams” that can provide betting value this week.

Georgia Bulldogs (17-12 SU, 14-13 ATS)

The Bulldogs are 17-12 SU as they head into their final home game of the season against Auburn on Wednesday night.  Georgia is currently on the outside looking in for the NCAA tournament, so they have work to do.  Their last two regular season games against Auburn and Arkansas are certainly winnable, so they could head into the SEC tournament with some momentum. 

Georgia did play the best two teams in the SEC tough this year, so they aren’t without a chance in the conference tournament.  The Bulldogs lost twice to Kentucky, but one defeat came in overtime on the road, and the other came by just 5 points at home.  Georgia also lost in overtime at Florida, so they are plenty capable of beating either team if given another opportunity.

Rhode Island Rams (19-9 SU, 14-13 ATS)

Rhode Island is 19-9 SU on the season with two games to play.  The Rams will play at St. Joseph’s on Wednesday night; they beat the Hawks by 30 points earlier this season.  Rhode Island’s season finale will come at home against a struggling Davidson team that they also beat earlier this season.  There’s a very good chance Rhode Island will win both of those games.

The Rams played a difficult non-conference schedule with games against teams like Cincinnati and Duke.  Their win over the Bearcats, and their close loss to the Blue Devils will be positives on their resume.  However, Rhode Island will likely need to win the A-10 conference tournament to secure their spot in the Big Dance.

TCU Horned Frogs (17-12 SU, 13-14 ATS)

TCU is now 17-12 SU on the season after losing their last five games.  The Horned Frogs were en route to a NCAA tournament appearance before their recent slide, so they definitely need to turn things around in a hurry if they want to get consideration for the Big Dance.  A deep run in the Big 12 tournament may do it, but at this point, that seems unlikely. 

The Horned Frogs have a manageable schedule remaining with one game at home against Kansas State on Wednesday night, and a road game at Oklahoma on Saturday.  TCU beat both of those teams earlier this season, but both were close games.  The Horned Frogs’ offense is struggling right now, so nothing’s a gimme for them at this point.


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