Matchup: West Virginia Mountaineers (13-5) against Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-5)
- Spread: Texas Tech -5
- Over/Under: 140
- Moneyline: Texas Tech -214/ West Virginia +186
Location: United Supermarkets Arena (Texas Tech)
Time: 9:00 PM (EST)
A pair of ranked foes will take the court Tuesday night to battle out supremacy for the Big 12. The #14 ranked West Virginia Mountainers will travel to the lone star state to take on the #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders. With only seven games left in the regular season, both teams are trying to carry the momentum into the postseason.
In their last matchup against Texas Tech on January 25th, the Mountaineers were able to win at home in a tight 88-87 game at home. The Mountaineers won on a late-game go-ahead shot. West Virginia shot a scorching 57.7% from the field and hit 12-of-19 3-point shots, but also coughed up 12 turnovers to the Raiders’ two.
West Virginia Review
The Mountaineers won their second straight and fourth out of their last five games on Saturday when they knocked Kansas (#23) out of the top 25 in a home victory. To this date, West Virginia is 13-5 overall and 6-3 in conference play. They are solid at home and on the road carrying 6-2 and 4-2 records respectively.
On Saturday, the storyline of the WVU-Kansas game was defensive continuity. The Mountaineers were able to force 18 turnovers from the Jay Hawks in the game. West Virginia held a 10 point lead at the half but gave up a 13-3 run to allow Kansas back in with 17 minutes left to play. The Mountaineers went on an 11-3 run to take a 70-62 lead with 8:53 to play. West Virginia turned up the heat the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers shot 50% from the field with an impressive 11 of 21 from three-point range, and 16 of 19 from the charity strike. The final score of the game was 91-79.
West Virginia Player to Watch
Miles McBride has been a monster this year. In his last game against Kansas, he put up 29 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. McBride is having a fantastic season and is looking
like a solid NBA draft prospect. On the year McBride averages 15.8 ppg, 4.2 REB, 4.6 AST, and a 44.1 FG%.
In the January 25th match-up with Texas Tech at home, McBride put up 24 PTS, 1 STL, 6 AST, 7 REB.
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Texas Tech Review
The Red Raiders are also coming off a victory from Saturday. The Raiders beat Kansas State 73-62. The Red Raiders improved to 14-5 overall and stand fourth in the Big 12 with a 6-4 conference record on the year. Texas Tech held a close five-point led at the half. But like the Mountaineers they came out slow in the 2nd half to let their opponent come back and tie the game. Texas Tech then turned on the gas with a 12-1 run. The Red Raiders wouldn’t allow Kansas State to come within 6 points the rest of the way.
Texas Tech Player to Watch
The whole defense of the Red Raiders gets the nod here. While their most impressive player is by far Mac McClung who averages 17.2 PPG, The whole Red Raiders team plays impeccable defense. The Red Raiders are stifling on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 14th in the nation by allowing 61.7 points a night
West Virginia at Texas Tech Betting
The Red Raiders are 0-8 ATS at home and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. Texas Tech is 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
The Mountaineers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games. The over is 4-1 in WVU last 5 games and 7-1 in their last 8 road games.
The Red Raiders second-best player Terrence Shannon JR tweaked his ankle in their Saturday victory. Coach Beard said he should be alright for Tuesday but this should be a sign to take WVU.
PICKS: WVU ML and Over 140