West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks, Prediction

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WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
12-1 January 3, 9:15 PM | United Supermarkets Arena 11-2
Team Spread Money Line Total
West Virginia Mountaineers -2.5 -110  -140 145 -110
Texas Tech Red Raiders +2.5 -110  +120 145 -110

The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders will both be gunning for a victory on Tuesday when they meet at United Supermarkets Arena.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (12-1, 1-0 Big 12): The Mountaineers are playing just their third road game, but the other two results were impressive – a 66-57 win at Virginia on Dec. 3 and a 92-75 rout of Oklahoma State on Friday. Forward Esa Ahmad averages a team-leading 12.6 points while guard Daxter Miles Jr. (10.7), forward Nathan Adrian (10.4) and Carter (10.2) also are scoring in double digits. West Virginia averages 91.8 points per game while allowing only 59.5 and has recorded five wins by 40 or more.

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (11-2, 0-1): The Red Raiders piled up victories against a soft non-conference slate but committed 15 turnovers against Iowa State and let a nine-point lead with just over nine minutes remaining slip away. “I think the biggest thing was our turnovers – we’re not a team that can win with 15 turnovers,” first-year coach Chris Beard, mindful that the pressure will be ratcheted up even more by the Mountaineers, told reporters. Guard Keenan Evans leads Texas Tech with a scoring average of 13.5 points, followed by forwards Anthony Livingston (13 points), Zach Smith (11.8, team-best eight rebounds) and Aaron Ross (11.5).

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Mountaineers listed as 2.5-point favorites versus the Red Raiders, while the game’s total is sitting at 145 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

There might not be a more fitting nickname for a college basketball squad than No. 7 West Virginia’s moniker of “Press Virginia.” The Mountaineers lead the nation in steals and turnovers forced behind their electric pressing defense and look for their ninth consecutive victory when they visit Texas Tech on Tuesday for a Big 12 matchup.

West Virginia forces an astounding 25.7 turnovers per game and has racked up 175 steals while outscoring opponents by an average of 32.3 points. Guard Jevon Carter leads the pressure-based defense with 43 steals — his 3.3 average per game ranks third nationally — and six of his teammates have recorded at least 10 thefts. Texas Tech has been solid at taking care of the ball, averaging just 11.1 turnovers, and has thrived on winning the rebounding battle – an average edge of 11.6 per game. The Red Raiders won eight consecutive contests before opening Big 12 play with a 63-56 loss at Iowa State.

In their last action, Texas Tech was a 63-56 loser on the road against Cyclones. They failed to cover the +4.5-point spread as underdogs.

West Virginia won its last outing, a 92-75 result against Cowboys on December 30. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite.

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West Virginia:
Team record: 12-1 SU,8-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 8 straight games.
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Texas Tech:
Team record: 11-2 SU,5-5 ATS
Texas Tech is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Texas Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia

Next up:
West Virginia home to TCU Saturday, January 7
Texas Tech at Kansas Saturday, January 7

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. West Virginia has won the last six meetings and holds a 9-1 series advantage over Texas Tech.

2. Smith has reached double digits in rebounds in three straight games and is averaging 12 boards in that span.

3. Mountaineers F Elijah Macon (knee) missed the contest against Oklahoma State and is listed as day-to-day.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers will cover the spread at -2.5 and the game will go over 145 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: West Virginia 84, Texas Tech 73 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
W.VA TEAM TEXTK
91.8 PTS FOR 80.0
59.5 PTS AGNST 60.0
32.3 DIFF. 20.0
23.2 DEF REBOUNDS 27.2
16.0 OFF REBOUNDS 9.8
49.0 FG% 51.5
65.2 FT% 74.6
7.7 3 POINTERS 6.5
13.5 STEALS 6.8
INJURIES
WEST VIRGINIA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
TEXAS TECH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
WEST VIRGINIA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Texas Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas Tech’s last 7 games when playing West Virginia
Texas Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing West Virginia
Texas Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia
Texas Tech is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against West Virginia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas Tech’s last 5 games when playing at home against West Virginia
Texas Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against West Virginia
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
West Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Texas Tech’s Overall Defense 91.9 5 60.0 14
West Virginia’s Away Scoring vs Texas Tech’s Home Defense 79.0 28 58.6 26
West Virginia’s Road Rebounds vs Texas Tech’s Home Rebounds Allowed 30.5 316 25.0 5
Texas Tech’s Overall Scoring vs West Virginia’s Overall Defense 80.0 62 59.5 13
Texas Tech’s Home Scoring vs West Virginia’s Road Defense 85.0 72 66.0 36
Texas Tech’s Home Rebounds vs West Virginia’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.7 238 30.0 16
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
WEST VIRGINIA
No trends to report
TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 25.7.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
W.VA 49.0 39.1 9.8
TEXTK 51.5 39.6 12.0
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
W.VA 16.0 23.2 39.2
TEXTK 9.8 27.2 37.1
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
W.VA 18.9 10.5 1.8
TEXTK 15.3 11.1 1.4

 

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