Two Big 12 teams armed with sturdy defenses collide this Saturday with the Kansas State Wildcats hosting the No. 7 Texas Tech Raiders in Manhattan. Read on for a preview of this exciting matchup. Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas State Wildcats College Basketball Game on February 10, 2018
Where: Fred Bramlage Coliseum
When: Saturday, February 10, 8:00PM EST
Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders (n/a) vs Kansas State Wildcats (n/a)–view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-4)
Texas Tech made the Wildcats taste the wrath of its unforgiving defense on Jan. 6, when the Red Raiders scored a 74-58 win over Kansas State at home. Kansas State was rattled by Texas Tech’s relentless ball pressure that forced it commit 16 turnovers. While the Wildcats shot 47.6 percent from the field, they went only 4-of-13 from long range. Texas Tech forced the Wildcats to shoot hurried shots in that game. The Red Raiders have done this all season long. They are sixth in the nation with only 62.9 points allowed per game. They record 8.0 steals and force opponents to commit 16.6 turnovers per game, which are 12th and ninth in Division I basketball. Senior guard led the Red Raiders in the win over Kansas State with 27 points. He is a force on the offensive end of the court, as evidenced by his 18.6 points per game. He had a recent three-game stretch in which he scored 26, 31, and 38 points, respectively.
Betting on the Kansas State Wildcats (16-7)
Apart from Texas Tech’s no-letdown defense, the biggest problem for the Wildcats in the loss to the Red Raiders was Keenan Evans. Only Evans and Zhaire Smith scored more than eight points for Texas Tech in that game. Kansas State has to lock down Evans. If they could take away Evans from the equation, they would likely win this Saturday. Kansas State can play defense, too, despite the fact that Texas Tech shot 58.5 percent against them. The Wildcats are surrendering 67.7 points per game with opponents making only 42.5 percent of their shots from the floor. Dean Wade and Barry Brown combined for 38 points against Texas Tech, but the Wildcats only had 13 points from their bench. The Red Raiders’ second unit, meanwhile, had 32. Bench scoring is an issue the Wildcats will have to address.
Texas Tech wins, 72-68.
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