West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Pick
Can Texas Tech make a statement win against West Virginia tonight when the Big 12 schools battle at 9:15PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Red Raiders are now just 2-point home underdogs versus the Mountaineers after opening as a 5-point dog. As for the total, the number hit the board at 145 and that's where it currently sits at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
Since falling to Temple back in late November, West Virginia has crushed the competition. The Mountaineers went a perfect 7-0 in the month of December and have won eight consecutive games heading into tonight. Esa Ahmad leads the team with a 12.6 points per game, while Jevon Carter has a team-high average in both assists with 4.5 per game, and steals at 3.3 per contest. Nathan Adrian is pulling down 6.4 boards per game.
The Red Raiders are coming off a 63-56 loss at Iowa State to fall to 11-2 overall and 5-4 against the spread. Keenan Evans paces Texas Tech with 13.5 points per game while Zach Smith leads the Red Raiders in rebounds (8.0), field goal percentage (59.6), and blocks (1.7). Devon Thomas is averaging 3.5 assists per contest and 1.5 steals per game as well.
OUR PREDICTION: The Red Raiders might be searching for a signature win but it'll be difficult to come by tonight. The Mountaineers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games versus the Red Raiders and are a perfect 5-0 against the number in their last five games in Lubbock. The favorite is also a perfect 4-0 at the betting window in the last four meetings between these two teams while the road squad has cashed in eight of the last 10 meetings.
TUESDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS -2