#15 Texas Tech (10-3, 3-2) will face in-state rival #4 Texas (10-1, 4-0) in an important Big 12 matchup. The Red Raiders will look to avoid falling to .500 in conference play with Baylor coming to Lubbock next.
The Longhorns have two giant conference road victories over West Virginia and Kansas. Texas needs to beat Texas Tech to keep pace with #2 Baylor in the race for the Big 12 regular season title.
Texas Tech Betting Preview
Texas Tech bounced back from a surprising home loss in overtime to Oklahoma State by beating two of the bottom teams in the Big 12 in Kansas State and Iowa State. The Red Raiders would like to win at least one of two against #4 Texas and #2 Baylor in their next two games.
Mac McClung leads Texas Tech in scoring at 15.3 points per game. McClung has done a good job of getting to the free throw line and then hitting when he is there shooting just over 80%.
Terrence Shannon Jr. is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 per contest and he is knocking down just under 40% of his three-point attempts. Kyler Edwards (10.6) and Kevin McCullar (10.3) are the other two Red Raiders averaging double figures.
Texas Tech is ranked 13th overall by Kenpom. The defense is still elite at fifth in the nation but they have struggled offensively as they are ranked 37th in efficiency.
Texas Betting Preview
Shaka Smart has this Longhorns team playing exceptionally on both ends of the floor. Last year Texas was ranked 153rd in offensive efficiency. This year’s team is ranked 12th in the country.
Courtney Ramey leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game. Matt Coleman III is second on the team in scoring (13.6) and first in assists (4.4) and steals (1.3).
Freshman Greg Brown averages 12.0 points per contest and leads the team in rebounding (7.9) and blocked shots (1.2). Andrew Jones is the other Texas player averaging double figures at 13.4 per game.
Kenpom has Texas as the 6th ranked team in the nation. The offense ranks 12th in efficiency while the defense is 4th in the country.
Mybookie has Texas as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 132.5 points.
Free Betting Pick
Texas is playing like a team who will find themselves as a one seed come tournament time. Impressive wins over Kansas and West Virginia have put the Longhorns resume on the next level.
If they can get this game over Texas Tech, the Longhorns should be favored in their next five games. This would create quite a matchup between Texas and #2 Baylor.
But, this Texas team might find out that things are never easy in the Big 12. This Texas Tech team seemed to find their offense against Iowa State. If this Red Raiders team learns to score they are going to be very dangerous.
I think Texas Tech keeps it close and covers as Texas comes away with the victory. Coleman will be a matchup problem and score enough down the stretch to secure the victory straight up.
Texas Tech 66, Texas 67