Texas Tech vs. Texas - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (11-2) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders play Saturday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Texas Longhorns have won four of their last five games and play their third true road game. On the season, Texas is averaging 72.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 55.1 points on 33.1 percent shooting. Jonathan Holmes is averaging 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds while Myles Turner is averaging 12 points and 6.7 rebounds. Javan Felix is also averaging double-digit points and Cameron Ridley is grabbing four rebounds. The Texas Longhorns rely on their length and defense, as they’re averaging close to 44 boards per game and have allowed 68 or less points in 12 of their first 13 games. Offensively, Texas is shooting 72.6 percent from the free throw line and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. Texas is 1-1 SU on the road this season.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders have split their last four games and play their first ranked opponent. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 69 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 57.8 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Devaugntah Williams is averaging 11.6 points and two assists while Robert Turner is averaging nine points and 3.2 rebounds. Norense Odiase is grabbing five rebounds and Justin Gray is shooting 50.7 percent from the field. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are also a great defensive team that’s averaging more than four blocks and has allowed 64 or less points in nine of their last 10 games. Offensively, Texas Tech is shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 30.5 percent from downtown. Texas Tech has solid scoring depth with eight players averaging at least 5.5 points per game.
The Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. The Red Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12 and 10-22 ATS in their last 32 games following a ATS win. The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Texas Tech and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
Texas Tech has owned Texas ATS and in a rivalry game, I feel the best pick would be the home team and the points. Numbers go out the window when two rivals are playing each other.