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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/25/13

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1)

College Basketball: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Tech +11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for three in a row when they face the undefeated Pitt Panthers Monday night in the Progressive Legends Classic.

The Red Raiders are off to a solid start to the season with a record of 4-1, although undefeated Pitt should provide their stiffest test yet. In the tournament’s regional rounds in Lubbock, Texas Tech took out Texas Southern 80-71 last Monday and South Dakota State 68-54 Thursday behind a dominant performance in the paint, scoring 33 points to the Jack Rabbits’ 18 in the low post. Junior 6-7 F Jordan Tolbert had a game-high 19 points on 61 percent shooting, made 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and grabbed 9 boards. Sophomore 6-4 G Dusty Hannahs had 12 points and hit 9 of 9 free throw attempts, and senior 6-7 F Jaye Crockett added 10 points on 50 percent from the field and grabbed 7 rebounds. As a team, the Red Raiders shot 43 percent from the floor, 43 percent from three-point land, and hit 13 of 15 from the free throw line.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/25/13

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The Panthers also cruised through their first two rounds of the tournament with an 82-54 rout of Howard last Sunday and a decisive 77-58 victory over Lehigh in their last outing Wednesday. 6-9 senior F Talib Zana scored a career-high 23 points on 9 of 10 from the field, grabbed 14 rebounds and hit 5 of 7 from the line. Sophomore 6-6 F Durand Johnson added 15 point and 5 rebounds on 38 percent from the floor and hit 5 of 8 from beyond the arc and senior 6-3 G James Robinson had a career-high 11 assists. As a team, Pitt shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from distance and hit 8 of 14 free throw attempts.

Pitt is currently an 11 point favorite here and the Panthers do look strong, but they haven’t played anyone yet. Tech comes in averaging 75 points a game and shooting 49 percent from the field, while Pitt averages 81 and also shoots 49 percent. Looks like a closer game than double-digits. Tech and the points seems like the better play right now.    

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