Texas Tech vs. Iowa State Pick
Will No. 8 Texas Tech have what it takes to cover on the road against Iowa State today at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Texas Tech is favored on the road, as the Red Raiders are getting odds of -7 points against Iowa State. The over/under total for this game is listed at 144.5 points. Today’s game takes place from the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa and will air live on ESPNU.
Texas Tech has lost two of its last three games coming into today’s contest. The Red Raiders have lost on the road against Texas and Oklahoma. Tech is now 15-3 overall, 4-2 in the Big 12 and 8-6 against the spread. The Raiders are averaging 78.4 points per game on offense while allowing 61.2 per contest on defense. Keenan Evans is leading Tech with 17.1 points per game while Zhaire Smith is averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Iowa State has lost five of its last six games coming into today. That includes a 96-73 loss at TCU earlier this week. The Cyclones are now 10-7 overall, 1-5 in the Big 12 and 5-9-1 against the spread. ISU is averaging 75.8 points per game this season while allowing 74.6 per game on defense. Lindell Wigginton is leading Iowa State with 16.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while Nick Babb is adding 12 points. 7.4 rebounds and 7.6 assists per contest.
Iowa State has won four of its last five meetings with Texas Tech, covering the spread in the last two encounters. Neither team is playing well right now. Tech has failed to cover in three straight and has lost its last two road games by nine or more. Iowa State has managed to be mostly competitive at home, including beating Baylor by 10 last weekend. Given how much Tech is struggling on the road lately, I will take the points with the home team. The public betting is heavily with Iowa State at home as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA STATE +7