Cowboys vs. Red Raiders Prediction
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will open Big 12 Conference play this afternoon at the 22nd-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. Is the total going to stay under the projection with the early start time?
603 Oklahoma State Cowboys at 604 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday, January 4, 2019
United Supermarkets Arena at 12PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Red Raiders are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 131.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 54 percent of public bets are siding with host Texas Tech. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Cowboys dominate Lions
Oklahoma State cruised to an 82-31 home win Sunday afternoon over Southeast Louisiana to improve to 9-3 overall and 5-2 at home. The Cowboys led 47-19 at halftime on their way to the victory. Thomas Dziagwa paced OSU with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. He also tallied two rebounds and two assists. Jonathan Laurent contributed 11 points and six boards off the bench. Yor Anei added 10 points, four caroms, two assists and two blocked shots.
Red Raiders ease past Roadrunners
Texas Tech registered a 73-58 home win over CSU Bakersfield Sunday to move to 9-3 overall and 7-0 at home. The Red Raiders outscored the Roadrunners 40-29 in the second half to pull away. Jahmi'us Ramsey led Texas Tech with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3-point range plus 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also registered three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kyler Edwards added 20 points and four boards.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The over is 4-1 in the last five Cowboys Saturday games. The over is 11-4 in the last 15 OSU games following an ATS win.
The over is 15-5 in the last 20 Red Raiders Saturday games. Texas Tech is 8-1 ATS in its last nine Saturday games.
Oklahoma State likes to play at a faster pace than the Red Raiders, but their bread and butter is on defense. With the early start time and the fact that both teams are inside the top 25 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, I think we are in store for a low-scoring affair in this contest. With OSU giving up only 31 points last night, holding teams down is clearly a point of pride. And we already know Texas Tech brings it defensively as evidenced by last season's national runner-up finish.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS/TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS UNDER 131.5