Texas Tech vs. West Virginia - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (15-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up from United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday, we’ve got a great college basketball matchup looming as the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet up.
West Virginia enters this game with a 15-1 record so far. The Mountaineers have a 15-game winning streak going, most recently taking out Baylor on Tuesday. In that Bears game, West Virginia was led by Daxter Miles and Lamont West with 12 points apiece.
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Tops in scoring for West Virginia this year is Jevon Carter with 16.1 PPG and 6.8 APG, and Miles is second on 13.8 PPG. West (12.9 PPG; 5.5 RPG) and James Bolden (10.4 PPG) are also in double-figures for the Mountaineers.
As for Texas Tech, they’re sitting at 14-2 this year. After an eight-game win streak, the Raiders lost their last outing to Oklahoma Tuesday. In that one, Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans put up 19 points.
Leading the Red Raiders in scoring this season is Evans, with 17.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG and 3.4 APG. Also in the double-digit club for Texas Tech are Zhaire Smith (10.4 PPG) and Jarrett Culver (10.3 PPG).
West Virginia is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and the over is 4-1 in their last five games following an ATS loss. The under is 8-3 in the Mountaineers’ last 11 versus the Big 12 and 5-2 in their last seven overall.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. The under is 7-1 in Texas Tech’s last eight versus the Big 12 and 12-4 in their last 16 overall.
West Virginia is a very well-rounded team, and there aren’t a lot of weaknesses there. The Mountaineers have had a couple of close calls this year though, notably a three-point win over Baylor. Texas Tech, meanwhile, have bagged some great wins this year but lack reliable secondary scoring on the elite level. I have to stick with West Virginia here.