The Texas Tech Red Raiders (+7500 to win the national title) have a tough two-game stretch ahead of them, as they will face the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers then the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (+1200). The Red Raiders have beaten a No. 1 team already this season, though, so confidence is one thing they are not lacking. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, will look to win their fifth game in a row.
Betting Preview for the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas Jayhawks NCAA College Basketball Game on February 1 2020
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence
When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-7 Overall / 3-3 Conference)
A tough stretch is proving to be too much to handle for Texas Tech. After losing to the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, the Red Raiders fell to No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats during a Big 12/SEC Challenge game at home last Saturday to the tune of a 76-74 score. It was the Red Raiders’ non-conference loss in Lubbock since December of 2013. The Red Raiders can’t shoot the way that they did in that game if they are to beat Kansas. Texas Tech shot just 42.2 percent from the field and only 3 of 19 from behind the arc. That being said, it’s something of an admirable job for Texas Tech to hang that close with Kentucky despite the team’s atrocious shooting. Texas Tech has the ability to keep in step with stronger opponents because of its defense. The Red Raiders forced Kentucky to commit 20 turnovers. They are great in harassing opposing ball-handlers and breaking up passes on defense, which is also why they are forcing the 10th-most turnovers per game (17.5).
The Red Raiders are 5-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last eight road games.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (17-3 Overall / 6-1 Conference)
Suspensions and all, the Jayhawks found a way to get their win streak going, as they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater last Monday, 65-50. The Jayhawks were missing the pair of David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa in that game, as the two were serving suspensions for their role in a recent brawl in a win over the Kansas State Wildcats. McCormack could return for the Texas Tech game, but De Sousa will have to wait a little longer, as his suspension is for at least 10 more games. The Jayhawks can survive those losses because they still have their best players active and playing. Devon Dotson, who leads the team with 18.0 points per game, had 11 points against the Cowboys, while Isaiah Moss came off the bench and fired 13 points. Kansas is also dangerous because of its defense that shut down Oklahoma State. The Cowboys shot just 28.1 percent from the field and 11.1 percent from deep against the Jayhawks, who are inside the top 10 in both of Kenpom’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency.
The Jayhawks are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.
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