Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/8/14
Texas Longhorns (22-8) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Texas and Texas Tech put the wraps on their regular seasons when they square off from United Spirit Arena Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Longhorns sit in a tie with Oklahoma for second place in the Big 12, improving to 11-6 after a 66-54 victory over TCU Wednesday. Freshman G Isaiah Taylor scored a game-high 21 points and dished out 5 assists, sophomore C Cameron Ridley had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore F Connor Lammert added 10 points and 13 boards. Texas shot 39.3 percent from the floor and connected on 2 of 16 from beyond the arc to the Horned Frogs’ 25.9 percent from the floor and 3 of 10 from distance. The Horns also dominated the boards 48-32 and converted 16 of 18 from the free throw line. Through 30 games, Texas is averaging 75.3 ppg on 43.3 percent shooting. Junior F Jonathan Holmes leads the team with 13.2 ppg, followed by Taylor at 13.0 ppg.
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, Texas Tech dropped its sixth straight in an 82-57 trouncing at #8 Kansas Wednesday. The Red Raiders were outdone from the floor 51.9 percent to 35.3 percent and from outside the arc 33.3 percent to 21.4 percent. Tech also conceded a narrow 34-33 advantage on the glass and converted 18 of 27 from the free throw line. G Toddrick Gotcher scored a team-high 10 points on 3 of 6 from the field, senior F Jaye Crockett had 9 points and 6 rebounds, and junior F Jordan Tolbert added 9 points and 3 steals. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 69.0 ppg on 45.7 percent shooting. Crockett leads the team with 13.5 ppg, followed by Tolbert at 11.9 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at-1.5 for Texas. The Longhorns escaped with a 67-64 home victory over Tech nearly two months ago. And this being the Red Raiders last chance at ending their six-game slide, coupled with the interstate rivalry thing, Tech gets the lean here.