Red Raiders vs. Mountaineers Prediction
The Texas Tech Red Raiders enjoyed a fantastic non-conference season and are ranked 11th nationally going into tonight's Big 12 Conference opener at the West Virginia Mountaineers. Will Texas Tech post another win tonight as small favorites?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
WVU Coliseum at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Red Raiders are a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 137.5 points. As of Wednesday morning, 70 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Texas Tech. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Red Raiders roll past Vaqueros
Texas Tech bounced back from its first loss of the season to vanquish UT Rio Grande Valley by a count of 71-46 on Saturday. Jarrett Culver paced the Red Raiders (11-1) with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also contributed four rebounds and three assists. Deshawn Corprew tallied 13 points, 10 boards and three steals. Tariq Owens added 10 points plus three boards and two assists. Texas Tech outscored the Vaqueros 33-15 in the second half to put it away. The Red Raiders shot 28-of-52 from the floor, 4-of-14 from 3-point range and 11-of-16 at the free throw line.
Mountaineers down Mountain Hawks
West Virginia improved to 8-4 on the season with a 78-68 home win Sunday over Lehigh. James Bolden paced the Mountaineers with 22 points off the bench on 7-of-14 shooting including 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. He also notched eight rebounds and five assists. Esa Ahmad registered 21 points and nine boards. Derek Culver contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds as a reserve. Wesley Harris added 10 points along with five caroms. West Virginia outscored Lehigh 40-34 in the second half to put it away. The Mountaineers shot 27-of-65 from the floor, 10-of-29 on 3-point tries and 14-of-23 on free throws.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Red Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games. Texas Tech is 0-6-1 ATS in its last seven Big 12 Conference games.
The Mountaineers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five home games. West Virginia is 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight games following an ATS loss.
Texas Tech has the top-ranked defense in the country in terms of adjusted efficiency and it should allow for a win today as West Virginia is bound to get frustrated as things aren't easy on the offensive end. The Mountaineers struggled to beat Jacksonville State at home a couple games ago, which doesn't bode well for tonight.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS -3.5