The Kansas Jayhawks need just a win or a Baylor Bears loss to win the Big 12 regular-season title — again. The Texas Tech Red Raiders, meanwhile, will look to trip up Bill Self’s boys when they host the Jayhawks in Lubbock this Saturday. The Jayhawks and the Red Raiders are +500 and +5800 to win the national title, respectively.
Betting Preview for the Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Tech Red Raiders NCAA College Basketball Game on March 7 2020
Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (26-3 Overall / 15-1 Conference)
The biggest takeaway from the Jayhawks’ 62-58 win over the Kansas State Wildcats last Saturday is the health of big man Udoka Azubuike. The Jayhawks center injured his ankle early in the contest, though, he was able to finish the game with just six points and nine rebounds in only 20 minutes of action. Kansas head coach Bill Self, meanwhile, didn’t sound too worried about the status of Azubuike when he spoke with reporters after the game, saying that he expects his player to be “fine.” Azubuike’s condition will be more certain this Wednesday when the Jayhawks take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Lawrence for Kansas’ regular-season finale at home. Back in Kansas’ 78-75 home win over the Red Raiders at home last February, Azubuike got into foul trouble and managed just five points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes. If he can stay out of foul trouble, the Jayhawks should be able to handle things easier on both ends of the floor. The Jayhawks are a top 10 team in terms of efficiency on offense and defense, per KenPom.
The Jayhawks are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-12 Overall / 9-8 Conference)
The Red Raiders are on a slump, having lost all of their last three games. That includes their 71-68 overtime loss to the Baylor Bears last Monday. That’s actually not a bad loss at all for the Red Raiders, considering that it’s a Quadrant 1 defeat at the hands of a potential No.1 seed in March Madness away from home. There’s not much pressure, too for the Red Raiders to upset Kansas this weekend, as the Red Raiders are virtually assured of a seat in the Big Dance. Had a few calls went Texas Tech’s way, the Red Raiders would have beaten Baylor. The Bears were given 23 free-throw shots, while Texas Tech got just 11. Texas Tech shot 50 percent from the field and held Baylor to just 36.5 field goal percentage. The Red Raiders, however, committed 20 turnovers. The Red Raiders are usually the ones who force errors on their opponents and not the other way around so expect better ball security from the team even against the tight-defending Jayhawks. After all, the Red Raiders only had nine turnovers in the first meeting with Kansas this season.
The over is 3-0 in the Red Raiders’ last three home games.
Kansas wins, 73-68.
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