Texas Tech vs. West Virginia Pick
Can No. 20 West Virginia pick up a big win at home tonight when the Mountaineers host No. 12 Texas Tech at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, West Virginia is favored at home, as the Mountaineers are getting odds of -6.5 points against Texas Tech. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 141.5 points. Tonight’s game will take place from the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia and will air live on ESPN2.
Texas Tech has lost three straight coming into tonight, all as a favorite. The Red Raiders lost at Baylor and Oklahoma State and were beaten at home by Kansas this weekend. Tech is 22-7 overall, 10-6 in the Big 12 and 13-12 against the spread. The Raiders are averaging 75.7 points per game on offense while allowing 63.5 per contest on defense. Keenan Evans is averaging 17.2 points and 3.3 assists per game to lead Tech while Zhaire Smith is adding 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
West Virginia is coming off an 85-70 win over Iowa State this past weekend for its third win in four games. WVU is 21-8 overall, 10-6 in the Big 12 and 12-13 against the spread. West Virginia is putting up 80.3 points per game on offense while allowing 68.1 per contest. Jevon Carter is leading West Virginia this season with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game while Daxter Miles Jr. is adding 12.2 points per contest.
West Virginia has won seven of the last nine meetings with Texas Tech, covering the spread in six of those nine meetings. Tech did win the first meeting this season, 72-71, but the Mountaineers covered. Texas Tech hasn’t been playing well offensively in recent games and that is likely to be a problem against this WVU defense. The Mountaineers will create a lot of pressure and keep the Red Raiders from running their usual offense. The public betting is backing West Virginia at home as well.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: WEST VIRGINIA -6.5