NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers – February 26, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia
Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET
Spread: West Virginia -5.5
Over/Under Total: 142.5
Quick Pick: West Virginia -5 (Buy it down)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to the east coast on Monday Night as they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a BIG 12 battle on February 26, 2018. This game is being played the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia and the game is set to tip off at approximately 9:00 PM ET.
This will be the second time this year that these two BIG 12 foes will face each other. In the first game, the Red Raiders won a very close game at home by the score of 72-71. That was only the third time in 10 games that the Red Raiders had found a way to beat the Mountaineers. West Virginia has been especially tough at home against the Red Raiders, winning the last 4 games straight but only covering the spread in 2 of those games.
Bookmaker has made West Virginia the 5.5 point favorites in this game and have set the total for the over/under number at 142.5 points.
Red Raiders Look To Snap 3 Game Losing Streak
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost back to back to back games and now are riding their longest losing streak of the season at 3 games. They are coming into the game off a heartbreaking loss against the Kansas Jayhawks by the score of 74-72.
The main issue with the Red Raiders has been injuries. Keenan Evans has been nursing a toe injury that has drastically affected his playing ability. The Red Raiders have been limiting his minutes on the court to sort of rest his injury. Evans is the team's leading scorer with 17.2 points per game and without him in the lineup getting max minutes, this team is missing out on his scoring.
In their game against Kansas, the Red Raiders got Senior Zach Smith back in the lineup after he missed 13 games with a broken foot. The problem with that statement is the reason he came in the game off the bench was because starter Justin Gray left the game with a possible concussion after running into 7 foot 280lb Udoka Azubuike. His status for Monday Night’s game is up in the air.
Mountaineers Look To Move Ahead Of Red Raiders In BIG 12 Standings
The West Virginia Mountaineers are entering this game with a 21-8 record this year and 10-6 in the BIG 12. They are 3rd in the conference by 2 games to the Kansas Jayhawks and 1 games to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. With a win here, they would move ahead of the Red Raiders.
The Mountaineers have won back to back games over Iowa State and Baylor in the last week and now are looking to close out the remaining two games with two wins over tough defense oriented teams. They will play Texas Tech at home before ending their regular season next Saturday when they travel to Texas to take on the Longhorns on the road.
More importantly, if they win this game, they will lock up the #2 seed in the BIG 12 tournament and that would be big for the Mountaineers! This will be their senior night and they are expecting a big night for the Mountaineer seniors.
Mountaineers Win At Home On Senior Night
If you look at the last 3 times the Red Raiders have beat the Mountaineers, it has come by a total of 4 points and a overtime! They have struggled each time they’ve played the Mountaineers and that will continue here on the road for them against West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum. I like West Virginia in this game and think they cover the spread over the Red Raiders.
Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers -5 for 2.5 units (Buy it down)