TCU vs Central Arkansas Prediction, Odds & Picks for December 28 (Horned Frogs Leap Over Bears with Ease)

Devon Platana
TCU vs Central Arkansas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
TCU vs Central Arkansas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/LM Otero
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TCU vs Central Arkansas Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 18 TCU (10-1) vs. Central Arkansas (5-7)
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Schollmaier Arena -- Fort Worth, Texas

Wednesday, Dec. 28's NCAA college basketball slate includes an intriguing collision between the No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs and Central Arkansas Bears at 5 p.m. ET.

TCU has been playing great basketball lately, picking up their eighth straight win with a 75-71 showing against Utah on Dec. 21. Meanwhile, Central Arkansas has been out of action for over a week, last losing 75-66 to Little Rock on Dec. 20.

Can TCU extend its winning streak to nine games? Or will Central Arkansas pull off the improbable upset?

TCU vs Central Arkansas Odds & Spread

TCU enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 152.5 points with the under being favored at -114 odds.

TCU vs Central Arkansas Betting Trends

  • TCU is 6-5-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Horned Frogs have one win ATS (1-2) as a 24.5-point favorite or greater this season.
  • TCU has seen six of its 11 games go over the point total.
  • Central Arkansas has five wins in 11 games against the spread this season.
  • Out of Central Arkansas' 11 games so far this season, five have gone over the total.
TCU Rank TCU AVG Central Arkansas AVG Central Arkansas Rank
99th 76.8 Points Scored 74.8 143rd
36th 61.6 Points Allowed 78.3 346th
47th 36.3 Rebounds 33.2 147th
11th 12.2 Off. Rebounds 9.8 108th
313th 5.8 3pt Made 9.1 50th
31st 16.5 Assists 12.3 263rd
69th 11.3 Turnovers 13.5 271st

TCU vs Central Arkansas Prediction & Pick

There isn't a good reason to believe that Central Arkansas can pull off an upset here. On top of losing three straight games (shooting 40.0% in that span), the Bears are an abysmal 0-5 straight up on the road this season. What's even worse is that they have a minus-15.1 scoring margin on the road, whereas is a plus-18.7 at home.

Central Arkansas has also dropped 10 straight games to Big 12 opponents and is now tasked with defeating a TCU squad that's won nine of its last 10 at home. Considering how the Bears have also been held to exactly 66 points in back-to-back losses and the Horned Frogs are averaging 78.4 points at home, I'm fully expecting a TCU victory tonight.

Final Score Prediction: TCU: 84 | Central Arkansas: 57

TCU vs Central Arkansas Best Bet

TCU is one of the best teams in the nation at getting off to a strong start, averaging 38.2 first-half points (No. 29). The Horned Frogs also have a plus-15.0 first-half scoring margin over their last three games, whereas Central Arkansas is a minus-14.0 in that span.

With how good TCU is at Schollmaier Arena, I can see another strong start to the game. Central Arkansas won't be able to keep things close in this one, which is why it's smart to take the Horned Frogs at -14.5 when it comes to the first-half spread.

Bet: First Half Spread — TCU -14.5 (-114)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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