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Texas Tech vs. Kansas State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas State Wildcats (11-3) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -10 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds

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We have some Big 12 conference action on the hardwood, as the Kansas State Wildcats take on the #18 Texas Tech Red Raiders in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon. 

The Kansas State Wildcats will look to bounce back after having their 3 game winning streak snapped with their first conference loss of the campaign, a 77-69 loss to West Virginia last time out. Xavier Sneed led the team with 6 threes as pair of his 20 point outing with 6 rebounds, while Dean Wade added 17 points and 10 rebounds with a pair of blocks and a pair of steals for the double-double and Barry Brown added 14 points with 3 steals to round out the double-digit scoring for the Wildcats in the losing effort. Kamau Stokes went 0 for 10 from the floor, but hit 6 free throws to match his team-high 6 assists with a pair of steals for K-State. Wade leads the Wildcats by averaging 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Stokes leads the team in assists with 4.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Kansas State is scoring 77.2 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the arc and 73.1% fro the foul line this season. 

Texas Tech vs. Kansas State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #18 Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to remain unbeaten in conference play and add to their current 7 game winning streak after improving to 2-0 in Big 12 play with an 85-73 win over Kansas in their last outing. Keenan Evans led the team with 15 points, while Norense Odiase, Justin Gary and Jarrett Culver each added 12 points. Odiase added a team-high 8 rebounds with a pair of steals, while Gray went 5 of 7 from the floor with a pair of threes and 6 rebounds. Zhaire Smith added 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Texas Tech, while Niem Stevenson scored just 4 points but dished out a team-high 4 assists in the win. Evans leads the team with an average of 16.5 points and 3.3 assists per game, while Odiase is the team’s top rebounder with 5.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Texas Tech is scoring 81.6 points per game on 49% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season. The Red Raiders also own one of the stingiest defenses in the country, sitting 4th in the nation in points against and field goal percentage against with 59.3 points against on 36.8% shooting from the floor while also holding opponents to just 29.3% shooting from 3-point range, the 10th-best mark in D-I. 

Kansas State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Texas Tech is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. 

This is the first time that the spread has been double digits since 2013 between these two teams, but the games aren’t usually that close as only one of the last 5 games have finished within single digits. Kansas State kept it close against West Virginia for a while but ultimately the Wildcats couldn’t break down the Mountaineer defense. I’m worried that the same will happen here for the Wildcats as the Red Raiders may be better on defense than West Virginia so I’ll lay the points with Texas Tech here.

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