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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. North Texas Mean Green - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (1-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -18.5 -- Over/Under: 150 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW PLUS

Down at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock on Tuesday, we’ve got a fun college basketball matchup on the schedule between the North Texas Mean Green and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. 

North Texas enters this game with a 1-0 record so far, following an 85-77 victory over Sul Ross back on Friday. The Mean Green were up 40-34 at the break, but let up a little bit in the second half with a 45-43 advantage on the way to the win. 

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. North Texas Mean Green - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading North Texas in scoring by a wide margin was Deckie Johnson, who posted 23 points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. AJ Lawson also had a solid game for the Mean Green with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Ja’Michael Brown and Rickey Brice Jr. also finished in double figures for North Texas; Brown had 13 points and Brice had 12. 

Over on the Texas Tech side, they’re entering play here with a 1-0 record as well, thanks to an opening-game win over Houston Baptist 93-67 back on Friday. The Red Raiders controlled this game from start to finish, posting a 45-36 advantage in the first half and a 48-31 mark in the second. 

The top Red Raider in scoring during their win was Keenan Evans, who managed 28 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals. Anthony Livingston also played well for Texas Tech with 16 points, five rebonds and two assists. Aaron Ross (13 points), Shadell Millinghaus (11 points) and Niem Stevenson (10 points) each finished in double-figures as well. 

North Texas is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up win, and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 road games. North Texas is also 1-5 ATS in their last six Tuesday games, and 1-8 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, Texas Tech is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight-up win, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games. Texas Tech is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus Conference USA, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. 

There’s not much chance that Texas Tech will lose this game, so the question becomes what the deficit will be. I’m a little concerned about the Red Raiders’ defense moving forward, but all things considered they should score plenty of points and make it a non-issue (at least until they start facing stouter competition). I’ll take Texas Tech here to cover.

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