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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/28/14

Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-10) at Kansas State Wildcats (14-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)

The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: Both Kansas State and Texas Tech look to halt two-game slides when they square off from Fred Bramlage Coliseum Tuesday.

The Breakdown: The Wildcats fell to fourth place in the Big 12 following their 81-75 loss to Iowa State Saturday. K-State was outshot from the field 48.1 percent to 42.2 percent and connected on 9 of 22 from outside the arc to the Cyclones’ 9 of 18. Freshman G Marcus Foster had a team-high 20 points on 7 of 18 shooting and senior G Shane Southwell added 14 points and 7 rebounds. The Wildcats trailed 46-34 after Iowa State closed the first half on a 12-2 run. K-State trimmed the lead to 48-45 behind an 11-2 run that took the clock to the 14:29 mark and tied the game at 50 before the Cyclones took the lead for good with just under five minutes remaining. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 68.2 ppg on 42.7 percent shooting and Foster leads the team with 14.0 ppg.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/28/14

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Meanwhile, Texas Tech is in 8th place in the conference with a record of 2-5. The Red Raiders have dropped their last two, including a 74-65 home loss to Oklahoma Saturday. Tech hit 24 of 57 from the field and just 4 of 14 from outside the arc, while allowing the Sooners to shoot 50 percent from the floor and 7 of 18 from distance. Senior F Jaye Crockett and junior F Jordan Tolbert scored 14 points apiece and freshman F Alex Foster added 8 points and 8 rebounds. Through 20 games, the Red Raiders are averaging 73.4 ppg on 47.2 percent shooting and Crockett leads the team with 14.3 ppg.

Rick’ s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -8.5 for Kansas State and they’ve gotta be mad as heck that they’ve been bounced from the top 25 after a one week stint for the second time this season. Revenge plus home court should equal a K-State cover.

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