Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Predcition 1/6/14
West Virginia Mountaineers (9-5) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-6)
College Basketball: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
West Virginia looks for three straight victories when they travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech Monday at United Spirit Arena.
The Mountaineers (9-5) won their Big 12 opener 74-69 over TCU Saturday behind double-digit scoring from four different players, including a game-high 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting from sophomore G Eron Harris. Harris also connected on 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. The two sides played each other tight in the first half, exchanging the lead eight different times before West Virginia took a 42-39 lead into the break. The Mountaineers held the slight edge virtually all the way through the second half, never letting the Horned Frogs closer than two points. West Virginia was outshot from the field 47 percent to 40 percent and from beyond the arc 47 percent to 41 percent, but outrebounded TCU 38-30. Junior G Juwan Staten had 15 points and 7 boards, while freshman F Devin Williams added 12 points and 8 boards. Led by Harris’s 18.6 ppg, the Mountaineers are averaging 80.6 ppg 46 percent from the field.
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Texas Tech (8-6), meanwhile, dropped its Big 12 opener Saturday to Iowa State 73-62 after answering several Cyclones’ runs in the second half with runs of their own that were ultimately turned away. The Red Raiders outshot Iowa State from the field 43 percent to 42 percent and outrebounded the Cyclones 34-31. Senior F Jaye Crockett had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds on 9 of 14 shooting, while sophomore G Dusty Hannahs added 16 points. The Red Raiders also held Iowa State 15 points below its 88.0 per game average, while also holding them to 5 of 19 from beyond the arc, 4 three-pointers below the Cyclones’ 9 per game average. Through 14 games, Tech is averaging 73.5 ppg on 47 percent shooting and senior F Jaye Crockett leads the team with 14.1 ppg.
The line in this matchup is currently set at -1 for West Virginia and Tech rose to its best performance of the season against one of the nation’s best teams. The Mountaineers are also coming off a strong result and have had better results, but conference play is an altogether different animal. Look for Texas Tech to bounce back in this one.
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