Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/15/14
Baylor Bears (13-2) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: 12th-ranked Baylor rebounded nicely from its Big 12-opening loss a week ago to rout TCU Saturday and will now look to make it two in a row against a slumping Texas Tech side still searching for its first conference win.
The Breakdown: The Bears shook off the 15-point blindside at Iowa State back on Jan. 7 and resumed their double-digit assault of opponents against TCU, pummeling the Horned Frogs 88-62 behind a career-high 23 points off the bench from sophomore F Taurean Prince. Sophomore C Isaiah Austin had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while senior F Corey Jefferson added 11 points and a game-high 14 boards. Baylor managed just 30 of 70 from the field and 7 of 23 from beyond the arc, but absolutely dominated the boards 54 -25 and got major contributions from its bench. Along with Prince, senior G Brady Heslip scored 15 points on 5 of 10 three-pointers and sophomore F Rico Gathers chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. The rout took shape early after the Bears rattled off 9 straight points to take a lead they would never surrender. By the half, the advantage had already reached 26 points. Through 15 games, 13-2 Baylor is averaging 79.0 ppg on 49 percent shooting and Jefferson leads the team with 13.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg.
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Texas Tech, meanwhile, is on a three-game skid since opening conference play Jan. 4. The Red Raiders have dropped their last two by three points each, including a 67-64 heartbreaker at Texas Saturday, in which senior F Jaye Crockett’s game-winning shot attempt bounced off the rim with three seconds left. The Red Raiders shot 21 of 46 from the field and connected on 6 of 18 from distance, but were outrebounded 32-24 and committed 12 turnovers. Crockett had a team-high 19 points on 6 of 15 shooting and junior G Robert Turner added 19 points and 3 steals, including 3 of 5 from downtown. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 73.7 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Crockett leads the team with 14.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -4 for Baylor and although Texas Tech was on the wrong end of some close ones, they’re 0-3 in league play because they’ve had the misfortune of drawing three more talented teams. Make that four after Wednesday night.
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