NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders – Saturday January 13, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas
When: Saturday December 13th at 2:00 PM ET
Spread: Texas Tech -4.5
Quick Pick: Texas Tech -4.5 for 3 units
BetDSI has the Texas Tech Raiders favored by 4.5 against the West Virginia Mountaineers. This matchup features two of the best teams in the country as well as the only matchup that on Saturday that features two top 10 teams. Texas Tech will look to rebound after a loss against Oklahoma earlier in the week which ended their eight game winning streak, but will have the home court advantage in this game. West Virginia is one of the hottest teams in the country as they have won 15 games in a row after losing their season opener against the Texas A&M Aggies. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog West Virginia Mountaineers.
West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia is 15-1 SU and 6-6 ATS. West Virginia looks like one of the better teams in college basketball as they have a 15-1 record that includes a 4-0 conference record and an RPI of 13. They already have impressive wins over Oklahoma, Virginia and Baylor. If the Mountaineers win this game they will be the clear favorites to win the Big 12 this season.
Jevon Carter leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 258 point, 108 assists and 58 steals. Sagaba Konate leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 113 rebounds and 47 blocks. West Virginia is averaging 82.81 points per game which is above the 73.74 average for the rest of college basketball. The Mountaineers are allowing 64.94 points per game which is below the 73.74 average for the rest of college basketball.
Texas Tech Raiders
Texas Tech is 14-2 SU and 8-4 ATS. The Texas Tech Raiders have gotten off to a quick start with a 14-2 record that includes a 3-1 conference record and an RPI of 19. Texas Tech has impressive wins over Northwestern, Nevada, Baylor and Kansas, but are coming off a double digit defeat against the Oklahoma Sooners.
They need to avoid losing this matchup or they will be 3-2 in conference play and two games behind West Virginia and a game and a half behind Oklahoma. The Raiders should be a high seed in tournament play come March. Keenan Evans leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 277 points, 55 assists and 23 steals.
Norense Odiase leads the team in rebounds with 88. Zhaire Smith leads the team in blocks with 16. Texas Tech is averaging 80.06 points per game which is above the 73.74 average for the rest of college basketball. The Raiders are allowing 60.19 points per game which ranks 5th in college basketball.
Texas Tech wins as West Virginia’s streak ends
These are two of the better teams in the country, but Texas Tech is playing at home where they have not lost a game this season and they are 5-2 ATS as a home team and 1-0 ATS after a loss. The Raiders also have the better defenses and one of the best defenses in the country which will be the key to the game and one of the main reasons they are my pick to win this one. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.
Pick: Texas Tech -4.5 for 3 units