Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/18/14
Kansas Jayhawks (19-6) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-12)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 8th-ranked Kansas looks to extend its one-game conference lead over Texas, while Texas Tech looks to rebound from having its three-game winning streak snapped when the two square off at United Spirit Arena Tuesday.
The Breakdown: With two thirds of the Big 12 slate behind them, the Jayhawks head down the final stretch leading the nation in field goal percentage at 50.4 percent and ranking 25th in the country with 80.1 ppg, clearly helped along by a 95-65 dismantling of TCU Saturday. The victory marked Kansas’ 112th consecutive win over a non-ranked opponent at Allen Fieldhouse and the sixth time this season the budding Jayhawks posted at least 90 points, reaching a season-high 95 points. It’s also the 15th time in 25 tries that Kansas has connected on over 50 percent from the floor, finishing with a season-best 61.5 percent. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins leads the team with 16.1 ppg on 44.3 percent shooting and also leads the team in steals with 26. Sophomore F Perry Ellis, who scored a career-high 32 points against the Horned Frogs, ranks second on the team with 14.0 ppg on 55.3 percent shooting.
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Meanwhile, Texas Tech fell to 5-7 for 7th place in the Big 12 after suffering a 70-64 defeat at then #11 Iowa State Saturday, ending the Red Raiders’ longest string of victories this season at three. Tech rallied from 18 down in the second half behind a 29-10 run that put them in front at the 3:08 mark, but the Cyclones answered with a 9-2 run that would seal the victory. The Red Raiders finished with a 40-30 advantage on the boards, but struggled from the field, connecting on 20 of 54 to Iowa State’s 28 of 54. Senior F Jaye Crockett scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and sophomore G Toddrick Gotcher added 14 points and 6 boards. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 71.3 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting. Crockett leads the team with 14.8 ppg, followed by junior F Jordan Tolbert at 10.8 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: Kansas is currently an 8- point favorite in this one. These two haven’t hooked up yet this season, but as far as any notables for Texas Tech, there really are none. Outside of an 82-72 victory over then #12 Baylor and a 68-60 road win over Oklahoma, the Red Raiders have underwhelmed. And beating Ok State minus Marcus Smart isn’t much of a barometer. Look for Kansas to cover, despite the uncertain status of Joel Embiid.