The Pepperdine Waves and the TCU Horned Frogs meet in college basketball action from JSerra Pavilion on Wednesday night.
The Pepperdine Waves will look to bounce back from a 70-63 loss at the hands of Fresno State last time out. Houston Mallette leads the Waves in scoring with 12.5 PPG with 4.5 RPG while Jan Zidek has 11.8 PPG with 4.2 RPG and Jade’ Smith has 10.5 PPG with 5 RPG and 3.5 APG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Pepperdine so far this season. Mike Mitchell Jr. also has 9.3 PPG and a team-high 3.8 APG as well this season. As a team, Pepperdine is averaging 64.2 PPG on 41.6% shooting from the field, 38.2% from three and 73.9% from the foul line while allowing 74.5 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field and 37.3% from three this season.
The TCU Horned Frogs will try to bounce back from an 85-66 loss at the hands of Santa Clara last time out. Mike Miles leads the Horned Frogs in scoring and assists with 17 PPG and 5 APG while Emanuel Miller has 10.5 PPG with a team-high 8.3 RPG as well this season as the lone pair of double-digit scorers for TCU so far this season. Micah Peavy also has 6.5 RPG and 9 PPG as well this season. As a team, TCU is averaging 72.3 PPG on 41% shooting from the field, 31.7% from three and 67.1% from the foul line while allowing 61.8 PPG on 39.3% shooting from the field and 32.6% from three this season.
Pepperdine is 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games overall and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog. TCU is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I get the case that you could make for TUC laying the points, but this just feels lie too many points. On the other hand, Pepperdine is clearly the weaker team and I’m not sure really what to make of them. With that said, I think this is a game where one, if not both teams get into the 70s and we have a game that finishes above the total here.
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