Texas vs. Texas Tech Pick

College Basketball Predictions: Can Texas upset Texas Tech? 1/31/18

Is No. 10 Texas Tech giving up too many points to Texas when the two teams meet up tonight at 9PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Texas Tech is favored in this game, as the Red Raiders are getting odds of -7.5 points against Texas. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 129.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas and will air live on ESPNU.

Texas has won its last two, picking up home wins over Ole Miss and Iowa State. The Longhorns are now 14-7 overall, 4-4 in the Big 12 and 9-8 against the spread. Texas is averaging 72.6 points per game on offense while allowing 66.3 per contest. Dylan Osetkowski is leading Texas with 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while Mohamed Bamba is averaging 13.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per contest.

Texas Tech has also won its last two, winning at home over Oklahoma State and on the road against South Carolina. The Red Raiders are now 17-4 overall, 5-3 in the Big 12 and 9-8 against the spread. Tech is averaging 76.6 points per game on offense while allowing just 62.1 per contest. Keenan Evans is leading Texas Tech with 17.7 points per game while Jarrett Culver is adding 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Bet on Texas vs. Texas Tech

Texas has won and covered in four of its last five meetings with Texas Tech, including a 67-58 win at home over the Red Raiders just two weeks ago. Texas doesn’t have great averages on the road, but the Longhorns have been improving. Outside of a lopsided loss to West Virginia, Texas has covered in five of its last six. Tech is in a bit of a funk, failing to cover in its last five conference games. That includes two straight at home. The public betting is backing Texas tonight and I think the Longhorns will be competitive tonight and keep it close.

CBB DAILY PREDICTION: TEXAS +7.5

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