Red Raiders vs. Bears Prediction
The eighth-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to rebound from their second loss of the season as they play at the Baylor Bears today. Is a bet on Texas Tech the smart way to go in this matchup?
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ferrell Center at 6PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Red Raiders are a 4-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 125 points. As of Saturday afternoon, 54 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Texas Tech. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Red Raiders fall at home
Texas Tech lost a 68-64 decision at home Wednesday night against Iowa State to drop to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders trailed 41-33 at halftime and could not bounce back after the break. Jarrett Culver led Texas Tech with 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 5-of-10 at the free throw line. He also grabbed 16 rebounds and notched two steals. Davide Moretti added 10 points in 38 minutes of action. The Red Raiders shot 26-of-63 from the floor, 6-of-18 from 3-point range and 6-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Bears secure win at Cowboys
Baylor earned a 73-69 win Monday night at Oklahoma State to improve to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Bears led 40-35 at halftime and held off the Cowboys after the break. Baylor shot 23-of-55 from the floor, 15-of-25 from 3-point distance and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. King McClure paced Baylor with a game-best 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting including 7-of-11 from 3-point distance plus 4-of-4 at the free throw line. He also accounted for nine rebounds and four assists. Jared Butler tallied 16 points, four dimes and three caroms. Makai Mason added 13 points, two rebounds and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Red Raiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. Texas Tech is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Baylor is 5-2 ATS in its last seven Saturday games.
Texas Tech is still the best team defensively in the nation in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency and face a Baylor squad that is only 82nd in offensive efficiency. If the Red Raiders were better offensively (110th), they would be a powerhouse. Even with an average offense, Texas Tech can lean on that defense. The Bears have played pretty well lately, but I think they are running into a buzzsaw today with a focused Red Raiders team following the loss. I'm going with Texas Tech to cover on the road.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS -4