Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (13-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-4)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Monday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 13-1 (1-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 78-67 this past Saturday. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Horned Frogs by a 43-33 margin and forced TCU to commit 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for West Virginia was Devein Williams who had 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Mountaineers are ranked 10th in the RPI Standings and have played the 49th ranked SOS. On the season, West Virginia have been led by Juwan Staten (16.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Jonathan Holton (10.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 bpg), and Devin Williams (10.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, the Mountaineers are averaging 78.9 ppg (ranked 22nd) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 207th). West Virginia averages 20.86 offensive rpg (ranked 1st). Defensively, the Mountaineers are holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg (ranked 60th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 264th). West Virginia does a great job forcing turnovers as they lead the country in both steals per game (13.4) and turnover margin (10.4). Juwan Staten is questionable for Monday’s game due to an illness.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders fell to 10-4 (0-1 Big 12) on the season after losing 70-61 to the 11th ranked Texas Longhorns this past Saturday. The Red Raiders were outrebounded by the Longhorns by a 41-29 margin and allowed Texas to shoot 38.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Texas Tech was Isaiah Manderson who had 12 point, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals from off the bench. Texas Tech is ranked 139th in the RPI Standings and has played the 228th SOS. On the season the Red Raiders have been led by Devaughtah Williams (11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Robert Turner (9.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Norense Odiase (7.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Offensively, Texas Tech is averaging 68.4 ppg (ranked 162nd) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 155th). The Red Raiders average just 4.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 300th) on 29.7% shooting (ranked 295th). Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to 58.7 ppg (ranked 36th) on 37.8% shooting (ranked 33rd). The Red Raiders average 24.86 defensive rpg (ranked 135th) and 37.0 total rpg (ranked 96th).
The Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Red Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against Big 12 opponents.
Currently the line hasn’t been released due to the questionable status of West Virginia’s star player, Juwan Staten. Texas Tech played the Longhorns tough, however, I think they will have some trouble with the pressure defensive that the Mountaineers will bring. Under the assumption that Staten will play, I like West Virginia to score enough points off turnovers to cover the spread when it’s released.