A solid matchup between two ranked Big 12 teams is on tap this Saturday as the no. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the no. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown. The Red Raiders are coming off a loss, while the Mountaineers are looking to win their second in a row. Going into the game, NCAAB Futures price Texas Tech at +2,900 to win the 2020 NCAA National Championship, while their opponent is listed at +4,500 to do the same.
Betting Preview for the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs West Virginia Mountaineers NCAA College Basketball Game on January 11 2020
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 6:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-4 Overall / 1-1 Conference)
The Red Raiders fell prey to no. 4 Baylor Bears on Tuesday, 57-52, at home. The loss snapped the Red Raiders’ five-game win streak that began with an upset win over then no. 1 Louisville Cardinals last December. Guard Jahmi’us Ramsey led Texas Tech with 20 points with five 3-pointers, but the team, as a whole, only shot 37 percent from the field. The Red Raiders fell in love too much with the 3-point shot, as they went 7 for 23 from deep. Better shot selection is going to be key for them against West Virginia. The Red Raiders are already an unselfish team, as evidenced by their average of 16.9 assists per game, which is good for 11th overall in the nation, so being a little bit more patient could spell the difference.
The Red Raiders are averaging 75.1 points per game and are giving up 61.9 per contest.
On the season, they are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five road games.
Betting on the West Virginia Mountaineers (12-2 Overall / 1-1 Conference)
After a loss to no.3 Kansas Jayhawks last Saturday, the Mountaineers rebounded right away with a 55-41 throttling of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater on Monday. The win over Oklahoma State was a signature one for West Virginia, which got balanced offensive contribution from the players and a solid effort on defense to score a victory. Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver had 12 and nine points, respectively, while Miles McBride got off the bench and fired 10 points. West Virginia did not shoot the ball well (19-49 FG) but made sure Oklahoma State was worse, as the Cowboys went just 14 for 48 from the floor. The Mountaineers 17th in the nation with just 60.4 points allowed per game, while their opponents are recording the lowest effective field goal percentage in the nation with a 40.1 percent clip. Rebounding is a big key for West Virginia’s defense and it’s very likely to manifest again against Texas Tech, which is lacking size in the middle, which was why they were massively outrebounded by Baylor, 44-27. West Virginia is sixth in Division I basketball with 42.1 boards per game.
The Mountaineers are 3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
West Virginia wins, 66-60.
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