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Texas Tech vs. North Texas - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (6-5) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-3)

College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The North Texas Mean Green and Texas Tech Red Raiders play Monday night at the United Supermarkets Arena.

The North Texas Mean Green have lost four of their last six games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, North Texas is averaging 63.2 points on 41 percent shooting and is allowing 67.2 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Jordan Williams is averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Jeremy Combs is averaging 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. T.J. Taylor is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Maurice Aniefiok is shooting 41.9 percent from the field. The North Texas Mean Green are a long basketball team that’s averaging 38.4 rebounds per game and 3.5 blocks. Offensively, North Texas is shooting 64.2 percent from the free throw line and 32.1 percent from deep. Defensively, North Texas is forcing 13.8 turnovers and allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep.

Texas Tech vs. North Texas - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders have split their last four games and play their first game in six days. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 69.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 58.9 points on 38 percent shooting. Devaugntah Williams is averaging 11.4 points and 2.2 assists while Robert Turner is averaging 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds. Norense Odiase is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Justin Gray is shooting 50.8 percent from the field. The Texas Tech Red Raiders rely on their defense that’s forcing 14.5 turnovers per game and allowing 33.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Texas Tech is also grabbing 37.8 rebounds per contest. Offensively, Texas Tech is shooting 66 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from downtown.

The Mean Green Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Red Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Texas Tech needs a win like this to get back on track and is better on both sides of the ball than North Texas. I look for the Red Raiders to win this game in a blowout. 

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Texas Tech Red Raiders -10

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