Texas Tech vs. Iowa State - 2/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (17-6) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones will travel to United Supermarkets Arena to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones was able to snap their two game losing streak and improved to 17-6 (6-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 64-59, this past Saturday. Iowa State allowed Oklahoma State to fight back from a 48-35 deficit, but was able to hang on the victory from a couple of big baskets by Georges Niang and clutch FT shooting from Monte Morris. Iowa State shot 47.1% from the field and 55.6% (10-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Cyclones allowed the Cowboys shot 41.7% from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from three-point range. Leading the way for Iowa State was Monte Morris who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (19.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg), Monte Morris (14.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.0 spg), and Jameel McKay (12.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.7 bpg). Offensively, Iowa State is averaging 82.2 ppg on 49.8% shooting from the field and 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cyclones average 8.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.40. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 43.2% shooting. The Cyclones average 6.6 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.6. Iowa State confirmed that Jameel McKay will not play in this game as he is still suspended.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders dropped to 13-9 (3-7) on the season after being defeated by the Texas Longhorns, 69-59, this past Saturday. Texas Tech used an 11-5 run early in the 2nd half to keep the game close however, couldn’t fight back after letting Texas take a 50-41 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the game. Texas Tech struggled on the offensive end as they shot 38.8% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders allowed the Longhorns to shoot 49.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin. Leading the way for Texas Tech was Keenan Evans who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Red Raiders have been led by Devaugntah Williams (11.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Toddrick Gotcher (10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Zach Smith (9.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 bpg). Offensively, Texas Tech is averaging 72.2 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field and 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.04. Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 69.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting. The Red Raiders average 4.2 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12 opponents and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Red Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Iowa State has two of the better players in the country in George Niang and Monte Morris however, this could be a tough game for the Cyclones as they will be missing two of their key players in Nazareth Mitrou-Long (out for the season) and Jameel McKay (suspension). Texas Tech has lost five of their last six games but have been competitive at home this season as they lost to West Virginia, Baylor, and Kansas by an average of just 5.6 ppg. Texas Tech was able to pull off the upset against Iowa State last year at home and as they were competitive on the road against Iowa State earlier this season, I think the Red Raiders will once again be able to knock off Iowa State at home. Take Texas Tech to win outright in this one.