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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/22/14

Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-8) at West Virginia Mountaineers (10-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: Texas Tech followed its massive upset of Baylor with a rout of TCU last time out and now looks to keep rolling against a floundering West Virginia side hoping to snap a three-game skid.

The Breakdown: The Red Raiders head into this rematch with the Mountaineers on fire, having come from losing their first three conference games to Iowa State, West Virginia and Texas, to top both Baylor and TCU in decisive fashion. Against TCU Saturday, Tech downed the Frogs 60-49, but shot a dreadful 37 percent from the field and hit just 2 of 10 from distance. The Red Raiders were able to trump a poor shooting night, however, by holding TCU to an even more woeful 10 of 49 from the floor and 3 of 21 from outside the arc. Texas Tech also outrebounded the Frogs 41-29. Sophomore G Dusty Hannahs had a team-high 13 points and hit 7 of 7 from the free throw line, while senior F Dejan Kravic added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. On the season, the Red Raiders are averaging 73.4 ppg on 47 percent shooting and senior F Jaye Crockett leads the team with 14.2 ppg.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/22/14

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West Virginia, meanwhile, began its Big 12 slate with some promise, taking down TCU and Texas Tech before losing a 73-72 heartbreaker in the final seconds to then #11 Oklahoma State. But the Mountaineers have since dropped two more and now find themselves searching for answers after a 78-56 trouncing at Kansas State Saturday, their largest loss of the season.  WVU sank to some of its lowest totals of the year shooting 32 percent from the field and 26 percent from distance. Sophomore G Eron Harris had a team-high 21 point and connected on 4 of 8 from downtown, while junior G Juwan Staten added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Through 18 games, WVU is averaging 78.6 ppg on 45 percent shooting and Harris leads the team with 17.6 ppg, followed by Staten at 17.3 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -7 for West Virginia and although this a must-win for the Mountaineers, there is the revenge factor to consider with Tech having lost the first game between these two in an OT thriller Jan. 6. Not to mention the Red Raiders are a different team now. The winning side’s a tossup, but it looks to be closer than the spread.

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