College Basketball Betting Preview: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders – January 14, 2020

by Cole Paganelli | January 14, 2020 |

The Red Raiders head to Manhattan, Kansas on Tuesday to take on the Wildcats in what should be an exciting Big 12 matchup. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. CST. Texas Tech is favored by 3.5 points, and the total is set at 122.5.

Red Raiders Look to Get Offense Back on Track

Texas Tech is coming into this game on a two-game losing streak, with their most recent loss coming against West Virginia on Saturday. In their 54-66 loss to the Mountaineers, the Red Raiders got dominated on the boards, only coming down with 33 rebounds to West Virginia’s 46.

Texas Tech shot a very unimpressive 28.4% from the field, with David Moretti scoring 16 of their 54 points. The Red Raiders are averaging 73.7 points per game this season, but have not been as impressive on offense lately, scoring an average of only 53 points their last two games. The Red Raiders will need to do a much better job of rebounding if they hope to beat Kansas State, who averages 34 rebounds a game.

Texas Tech has been impressive defensively thus far, only allowing 62 points per game. Jahmi’us Ramsey is averaging a team high 1.7 steals per game, along with an average of 5.3 rebounds per game.

Texas Tech ranks 11th in opponent’s points per 100 possessions, allowing only 87.1 points per 100 possessions. The Red Raiders committed 24 fouls in their loss to West Virginia, where 23 of the Mountaineers’ 66 points came from free throws.

Kansas State Has Dropped 4 of Their Last 5

The Kansas State Wildcats come into this game on a 3-game losing streak, losing 64-50 to Texas most recently. The Wildcats made only 20 of 54 field goals against Texas and turned the ball over a total of 18 times.

The Wildcats are scoring an average of 64.6 points per game so far this season, shooting a respectable 41.5 percent from the field. Xavier Sneed has led the way for Kansas State offensively, averaging 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Sneed was a non-factor against Texas, scoring only 5 points and grabbing 2 rebounds.

Kansas State currently ranks 27th in scoring defense, only allowing the opponent 60.8 points per game. Cartier Dierra currently leads his team in steals, averaging 1.8 per game.

Dierra is giving those steals back on offense though, averaging a team-high 3.3 turnovers per game. The Wildcats will need to do a good job rebounding and forcing turnovers if they hope to hang around with Texas Tech’s high scoring offense.

Texas Tech @ Kansas State Line

Bookmaker currently offers Texas Tech as a 3.5 favorite, with the total set at a low 122.5.

Free Betting Pick

Texas Tech is due for a big game offensively, but that will prove to be a mighty task vs a strong Kansas State defense. If the Red Raiders can control the boards and get into a rhythm offensively, I don’t see why they can’t win this game by 5+ points.

Texas Tech covers the spread, and the total goes over in this Big 12 matchup. Texas Tech 68 Kansas State 61

Spooky Express Free Pick: Texas Tech -3.5

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