With their postseason hopes hinging on the Big 12 Tournament, the Kansas State Wildcats will be looking to play spoiler when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders Wednesday night.
K-State has lost five straight games, while the Red Raiders have won three of their last four. However, their most recent decision was a loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Wildcats Looking for Any Momentum
The Kansas State Wildcats come into play with a record of 9-16 and 2-10 in the Big 12. They are currently in last place in the conference, a half-game behind Oklahoma State.
They have lost five in a row, most recently to TCU on Saturday. The Wildcats allowed TCU to shoot 45% from three-point range in the 68-57 loss.
Xavier Sneed scored 15 points and David Sloan added 11 in the loss which was the fifth straight for Kansas State and secured a fourth losing season in the conference in six years under head coach Bruce Weber. The loss pushed the Wildcats’ road record to 1-7 in true road games this season.
They are winless on the road in the Big 12 and their only true road win was at UNLV on November 9th. K-State had a one-point lead at halftime on the heels of a 13-2 run, but was outscored by 12 in the second half.
Sneed leads the K-State offense with his 14.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Cartier Diarra is averaging 13.1 points and 4.5 assists per game. Senior forward Makol Mawien is averaging 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for a Wildcat offense that averages 64.6 points and shoots 41.3% from the field.
Red Raiders Must Rebound from Bad Loss
The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into play with a record of 16-9 and 7-5 in the Big 12. They are currently in third place in the conference, a half-game ahead of West Virginia.
They did not help their cause on Saturday with a bad loss at the hands of Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Cowboys came into that game with a 2-10 record in the conference and upset then #24 Texas Tech.
Kevin McCullar and Davide Moretti each scored 15 points for the Red Raiders and Jahmi’us Ramsey added 14. The Red Raiders went scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. They led 29-27 at halftime and were down two with 7.4 seconds remaining when Chris Clarke was fouled.
Clarke, a 71.4% free throw shooter, missed both free throws. Texas Tech fell to 2-4 on the road in the Big 12 and the loss will likely hinder the Red Raiders’ chances to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Ramsey leads the Red Raiders’ offense with 15.8 points per game. Clarke leads Texas Tech in both rebounds with 6.8 per game, and assists with 5.0 per game.
Moretti averages 13.3 points per game. Guard Kyler Edwards is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for a Red Raider offense that averages 73.4 points per game and shoots 45.5% from the floor.
Betting Lines and Predictions
BetOnline does not have a moneyline, but they have the Red Raiders as 11-point favorites and the over/under is 129.5. Kansas State is going to try and compete, but they do not have the offensive firepower to hang on the road, where they have been terrible.
Texas Tech most likely learned from the loss on Saturday and will take out their frustration on the Wildcats. Take Texas Tech and the over in this one.