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Kansas vs. Texas Tech - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (11-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The #21 Texas Tech Red Raiders visit the #13 Kansas Jayhawks in a battle of college basketball’s elite.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been strong in all areas and especially so at the defensive side of the floor with only 58 points allowed. Texas Tech improved to 12-1 and 1-0 in the Big 12 with a dominant 77-53 victory versus the Baylor Bears on Friday. The Red Raiders owned the glass 36-17 and won the shooting battle 50%-37.3% to win going away.

Kansas vs. Texas Tech - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Keenan Evans led a balanced Texas Tech attack with 18 points on 6-10 from the floor including 4-7 on threes followed by a 15 point, four yank effort from Zhaire Smith on 6-10 shooting. Jarrett Culver gave the Red Raiders 13 points and four pulls on 5-7 from the field while Niem Stevenson added eleven points, four boards and five assists.

The Kanas Jayhawks are pegged as the favorite in the Big 12 and the team took the first step with a 92-86 victory versus the Texas Longhorns as a four point favorite on Friday. Kansas held a slight 44.9%-43.1% edge in marksmanship and won on the strength of a 17-35 performance from beyond the arc. 

Devonte’ Graham led a balanced and explosive Jayhawks offense with a contest high 23 points, five pulls and eight assists on 6-12 from distance with Lagerald Vick adding 21 points on 8-12 including 5-8 on threes. Kansas received 20 points from Sviatoslav Mykhalliuk while Udoka Azubuike and Malik Newman tossed in 13 points each with Azubuike grabbing 13 rebounds. 

Under is 10-3 in Texas Tech last 13 overall and Texas Tech are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and under is 17-8 in Texas Tech last 25 Tuesday games. Under is 20-7 in Kansas last 27 Tuesday games and Kansas are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Texas Tech are 2-13 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Kansas and home team is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings.

The Jayhawks always win the big games at home in conference play and that’s fine because I just need a cover…

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