Iowa St. vs. Texas Tech Pick
Which 17-win team has the edge when Texas Tech plays host to Iowa State on Monday night at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Texas Tech is the favorite at home tonight, as the Red Raiders are getting odds of -2.5 points against Iowa State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 142.5 points. Iowa State won the first meeting on Dec. 30, 63-56 at home. The home team has won six straight while the Red Raiders are 4-2 against the spread in those six games.
Iowa State has won three straight coming into tonight to get to 17-9 on the season and 9-5 in the Big 12. The Cyclones have also covered in their last three to move to 13-10 against the spread on the season. Iowa State averages 80.7 points per game on offense while allowing 70.7 on defense. On the road, the Iowa State defense is struggling, allowing 79.9 points per contest. Monte Morris is leading the team with 16 points and 6 assists per game while Nazareth Mitrou-Long is adding 15.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Texas Tech is coming off an 83-74 loss at West Virginia this weekend to fall to 17-10 on the season and 5-9 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been hot at the betting window, covering the spread in five straight to move to 13-10 ATS on the season. Tech is averaging 75.4 points per game on offense this season while giving up 66.9 on defense. When at home, Tech pushes its offensive average up to 80.2 per game. Keenan Evans is averaging 15.7 points per game to lead the team while Zach Smith is adding 13 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Iowa State seems to be the better team on paper, having been more consistent in Big 12 play. However, the Cyclones have slipped up on the road occasionally, losing to the likes of Texas. Tech has had some nice wins at home, but also lost by 19 to Oklahoma State at home a few weeks ago. I don’t feel good about giving up points with the Red Raiders. The Cyclones are the better team and I am going to roll the dice with them on the road.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA STATE +2.5