Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/15/14
Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-11) at Iowa State Cyclones (18-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: The Texas Tech Red Raiders eye four straight victories when they visit the 11th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones Saturday.
The Breakdown: Texas Tech improved to 5-6 for 7th place in the Big 12 after its 68-60 road win over Oklahoma Wednesday. The Red Raiders connected on 45.8 percent from the floor and 4 of 11 from outside the arc to the Sooners’ 42.1 percent from the field and 6 of 27 from distance. Tech also came away with a 36-29 rebounding advantage and converted 20 of 27 from the free throw line. Junior G Robert Turner scored a game-high 16 points and dished out 5 assists, senior F Jaye Crockett had 10 points and 8 boards, and sophomore G Dusty Hannahs added 10 points off the bench. On the season, the Red Raiders are averaging 71.6 ppg on 46.6 percent shooting. Crockett leads the team with 26.5 ppg, followed by junior F Jordan Tolbert at 10.8 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Iowa State dropped to 6-5 for 6th place in the conference after suffering a 102-77 thrashing at West Virginia Monday. The Cyclones were outdone from the floor 53.8 percent to 36.6 percent and from beyond the arc 59.1 percent to 17.4 percent Iowa State finished with a 44-34 advantage on the boards, but committed 14 turnovers. Sophomore F Georges Niang scored a team-high 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting, junior F Dustin Hogue had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and senior G DeAndre Kane added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Through 23 games, the Cyclones are averaging 84.7 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting. Ejiim leads the team with 19.1 ppg, followed by Niang at 16.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -12 for Iowa State. The Cyclones topped Tech by 11 points a little over a month ago, but the Red Raiders are coming off some strong wins. Look for a closer game than the spread.