Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Pick & Prediction FEBRUARY 24th 2024

Since the first meeting in a 1959 first-round NCAA Tournament game, Cincinnati has had TCU’s number.

The Bearcats are 6-0 against the Horned Frogs all-time, but TCU (18-8, 7-6 Big 12 Conference) has a chance to snap that streak at home.

Cincinnati (16-10, 5-8), who beat TCU at home, 81-77, in overtime on Jan. 16, travels to face the Horned Frogs on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

TCU is 11-2 at home and comes off an 82-81 road loss to No. 23 Texas Tech after winning two straight. Tuesday’s contest was decided on the final possession and left the Horned Frogs on the losing end, but TCU coach Jamie Dixon remained optimistic.

“(Texas Tech) made their free throws,” Dixon said. “We could’ve defended better, but in the last minute or so, we did what we had to do. We made the layups we had to. We didn’t rush a shot. We got a pretty good look, actually, (on the final 3-point shot).”

The Bearcats are also seeking to bounce back after Wednesday’s 80-76 home loss to Oklahoma State. They led by five points with five minutes left before the Cowboys came back for the victory.

“We come out, and we find a way to fight back in games,” Cincinnati coach Wes Miller said. “We’ve done it all year. That quality and character, I’m lucky to coach these guys. We just haven’t quite figured out, as a group, the little stuff you have to do to get over the hump.”

A focal point of the matchup is rebounding. With a plus-9.1 rebounding margin, the Bearcats are 10th in the country in that category and have been outrebounded on just three occasions. TCU is fourth in the league in rebounding margin at plus-5.6.

The Horned Frogs excelled against Texas Tech, outrebounding the Red Raiders, 49-36.

“It’s hard to lose a game when you outrebound a team by that much,” Dixon said.

TCU is led offensively by Emanuel Miller’s 16.1 points per game.

Dan Skillings Jr. is Cincinnati’s high scorer, entering the matchup averaging 12.2 points per contest.

–Field Level Media

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