Texas Tech vs. Nevada - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (8-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox College Sports; Fox College Sports - Central
The Nevada Wolfpack will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 22nd ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Nevada Wolfpack stayed perfect on the season, improving to 8-0 on the year, after defeating the UC Irvine Anteaters, 76-65, this past Saturday. Nevada uncharacteristically struggled on the offensive end in the 1st half, however, found their rhythm in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 68-59 lead with 4:31 left in regulation. Nevada shot 45.6% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Jordan Caroline who had a double-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Nevada is averaging 85.0 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 43.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Nevada has been led by Caleb Martin (19.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Jordan Caroline (18.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), Cody Martin (14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.1 spg), and Josh Hall (8.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg). Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
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The 22nd ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders suffered their 1st loss of the season, dropping to 6-1 on the year, after being defeated by the Seton Hall Pirates, 89-79, this past Thursday night. Texas Tech had no answers for the Seton Hall offense and couldn’t fight back after a 7-1 Pirates run gave Seton Hall a 75-65 lead with 5:37 left in regulation. Texas Tech allowed Seton Hall to shoot 50.8% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Keenan Evans who had 21 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 82.7 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Keenan Evans (15.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.0 spg), Jarret Culver (11.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), Zhaire Smith (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Niem Stevenson (8.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg on 36.2% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 4.7.
The Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Mountain West opponents and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Nevada is one of the best teams in the country that is not ranked in the Top-25 as the Wolfpack have great experience and rank T-42nd in scoring offense and T-85th in scoring defense. Texas Tech has been efficient on the offense end this season and has been led by their defense that ranks 13th in scoring defense and 11th in defensive FG%. Texas Tech is a tough team to beat at home, however, I think this Nevada team will be a tough matchup for the Red Raiders and that the Wolfpack at worse, cover with the points.