X

MITCH'S BEST PICKS, DAILY

Visit SportsChat Premium

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/15/14

Baylor Bears (13-2) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

Storyline: 12th-ranked Baylor rebounded nicely from its Big 12-opening loss a week ago to rout TCU Saturday and will now look to make it two in a row against a slumping Texas Tech side still searching for its first conference win.

The Breakdown: The Bears shook off the 15-point blindside at Iowa State back on Jan. 7 and resumed their double-digit assault of opponents against TCU, pummeling the Horned Frogs 88-62 behind a career-high 23 points off the bench from sophomore F Taurean Prince. Sophomore C Isaiah Austin had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while senior F Corey Jefferson added 11 points and a game-high 14 boards. Baylor managed just 30 of 70 from the field and 7 of 23 from beyond the arc, but absolutely dominated the boards 54 -25 and got major contributions from its bench. Along with Prince, senior G Brady Heslip scored 15 points on 5 of 10 three-pointers and sophomore F Rico Gathers chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. The rout took shape early after the Bears rattled off 9 straight points to take a lead they would never surrender. By the half, the advantage had already reached 26 points. Through 15 games, 13-2 Baylor is averaging 79.0 ppg on 49 percent shooting and Jefferson leads the team with 13.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/15/14

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech, meanwhile, is on a three-game skid since opening conference play Jan. 4. The Red Raiders have dropped their last two by three points each, including a 67-64 heartbreaker at Texas Saturday, in which senior F Jaye Crockett’s game-winning shot attempt bounced off the rim with three seconds left. The Red Raiders shot 21 of 46 from the field and connected on 6 of 18 from distance, but were outrebounded 32-24 and committed 12 turnovers. Crockett had a team-high 19 points on 6 of 15 shooting and junior G Robert Turner added 19 points and 3 steals, including 3 of 5 from downtown. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 73.7 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Crockett leads the team with 14.4 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -4 for Baylor and although Texas Tech was on the wrong end of some close ones, they’re 0-3 in league play because they’ve had the misfortune of drawing three more talented teams. Make that four after Wednesday night. 

Follow me on Twitter @SCPRick

CLICK HERE to Hop on the Sports Chat Experts Consensus Report: A Report Telling you how Many PREMIUM HANDICAPPERS ARE ON EACH GAME!!!! AWESOME VALUE!!!

Comments (0)


This thread has been closed from taking new comments.
Free Premium Picks by Text from Sports Chat Experts
Top 10 Sport Sites