Texas Tech vs. Baylor - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (10-2) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1)
College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox College Sports; Fox College Sports - Central
The 18th ranked Baylor Bears will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 22nd ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The 18th ranked Baylor Bears won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-2 on the season after defeating the Southern Jaguars, 80-60, on December 20th. Baylor led by an 80-60 margin at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 66-46 lead with just 6:45 left in regulation. Baylor held Southern to just 37.5% shooting from the field and 13.3% (2-15) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Manu Lecomte who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. On the season, Baylor is averaging 83.4 ppg on 51.6% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Manu Lecomte (18.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apg), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (15.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Nuni Omot (11.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Terry Maston (11.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg). Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 10.2 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
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The 22nd ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 5th consecutive game and improved to 11-1 on the season after defeating the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 74-47, this past Friday. Texas Tech had little trouble with the Wildcats and easily cruised to victory after taking a 55-34 lead midway through the 2nd half. Texas Tech held Abilene Christian to just 29.5% shooting from the field and 20.0% (4-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Zach Smith who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 81.7 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Keenan Evans (16.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 spg), Zhaire Smith (10.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg), Jarrett Culver (10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Zach Smith (7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 58.7 ppg on 35.9% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 5.9.
The Bears are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big 12 opponents. The Red Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Baylor has been outstanding on both sides of the ball this season as the Bears come into this top-25 matchup ranked 40th in scoring offense and 61st in scoring defense. Texas Tech has picked up some impressive wins against Northwestern and Nevada this season and is led by their top-rated defense that ranks 2nd in scoring defense, 3rd in defensive FG%, and 6th in turnover margin. Outside of their victory against Creighton, Baylor didn’t look great in losses against Xavier and Wichita State earlier this season and as I think the Bears will have some trouble against the tough Texas Tech defense on the road, I’m taking the Keenan Evans and the Red Raiders to cover this home spread.