Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/5/14
Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-16) at Kansas Jayhawks (22-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: The Texas Tech Red Raiders hope to end their five-game slide when they visit Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday to square off with the #8 Kansas Jayhawks.
The Breakdown: Tech fell to 5-9 for 9th place in the Big 12 after suffering a 59-49 loss at Baylor Saturday. The Red Raiders outshot the Bears from the floor 47.6 percent to 30.2 percent, but connected on just 2 of 11 from outside the arc to Baylor’s 7 of 31. Tech also struggled from the free throw line, converting 7 of 17 and conceded a 40-24 advantage on the glass. Junior G Robert Turner scored a team-high 12 points, sophomore G Toddrick Gotcher had 10 points and 3 assists, and freshman F Aaron Ross added 10 points and 4 rebounds off the bench. On the season, the Red Raiders are averaging 69.4 ppg on 46.0 percent shooting. Senior F Jaye Crockett leads the team with 13.6 ppg, followed by junior F Jordan Tolbert at 10.9 ppg.
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Kansas, meanwhile, comes in off a 72-65 upset at Oklahoma State Saturday, dropping them to 13-3 in the conference. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Freshman G Wayne Selden had 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting, and freshman C Joel Embiid added 13 points and 13 boards. The Jayhawks were outdone from the floor 42.6 percent to 40.4 percent and from distance 29.4 percent to 26.3 percent and committed a whopping 22 turnovers. Through 29 games, Kansas is averaging 79.3 ppg on 49.8 percent shooting. Wiggins leads the team with 16.3 ppg, followed by sophomore F Perry Ellis at 13.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -13.5 for Kansas. The Jayhawks barely survived Texas Tech a couple weeks ago, escaping with 64-63 road win. Tech is desperate to save face and bring an end to its longest skid of the season, so coupled with Joel Embiid sitting this one out, the points look like the play.