The No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders will pack their bags for a trip to Baton Rouge, as they get set to face the LSU Tigers this coming Saturday. The Red Raiders are coming off tough losses and will look to get a win in this Big 12-SEC Challenge game, though that’s going to be easier said than done against LSU on the road. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs LSU Tigers NCAA College Basketball Game on January 30 2021
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
When: Saturday, January 30, 2021, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (odds)
Record: 11-5 Overall / 4-4 Conference
The Red Raiders got dinged by the Baylor Bears at home on Jan. 16 (68-60) and on the road by the West Virginia Mountaineers (88-87) in their last two games, though, that only shows just how tough Big 12 basketball is. Texas Tech shot just 35.5 percent against Baylor and only 46.6 percent against West Virginia. But things could be looking up for the Red Raiders against LSU’s leaky defense. LSU is just 246th in the nation with 73.9 points allowed per game and 118th with opposing teams making 1.037 points per possession. Mac McClung, who scored 30 points against West Virginia, could have another huge offensive outing against LSU. McClung is leading the Red Raiders this season with 17.2 points per game. One thing about Texas Tech is that it draws lots of fouls and takes plenty of free throws as a result. The Red Raiders are averaging 24.6 free throws per game – ninth in the nation.
Texas Tech is 6-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the LSU Tigers (odds)
Record: 10-4 Overall / 5-3 Conference
LSU recovered from back-to-back losses to the Alabama Crimson Tide at home (105-75) on Jan. 19 and to the Kentucky Wildcats (82-69) on the road on Jan. 23 by defeating the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station on Jan. 26 to the tune of a 78-66 score. That’s a much-need morale-booster for LSU, which is among the highest-scoring teams in Division I basketball. LSU is ninth in the nation with 87.3 points per game. Per KenPom, LSU is sixth overall with 117.6 points per 100 possessions. Cameron Thomas is pacing the Tigers with 22.1 points per game, though he is only making 40.3 percent of his field-goal attempts. Javonte Smart and Darius Day are two lethal outside gunners for the Tigers, as each is hitting at least 40.0 percent from behind the arc.
LSU is 5-5 ATS in its last 10 home games.
Texas Tech wins, 76-73.
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