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Texas vs. Texas Tech - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Tech Red Raiders (23-8) at Texas Longhorns (19-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Sprint Center)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Thursday in the college basketball Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center.

The Texas Longhorns look for another victory after beating Iowa State on Wednesday. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 71.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while Mohamed Bamba is averaging 13 points and 10.6 rebounds. Kerwin Roach II is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Coleman is dishing 4.2 assists. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Longhorns are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns have split their last four neutral site games.

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Texas vs. Texas Tech - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders enter this tournament losing four of their last five games. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are averaging 75.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Keenan Evans is averaging 17.4 points and 3.3 assists while Zhaire Smith is averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. Jarrett Culver is the third double-digit scorer and Niem Stevenson is grabbing three rebounds. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have won two of their last three neutral site games.

The Longhorns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games. The Red Raiders are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Texas Longhorns took Texas Tech to overtime on the road in the last meeting and is a team that's playing for its tournament lives, as a win here would do wonders for their resume. Of course, we know that Shaka Smart is a tournament coach and is able to get the best of his guys this time of year. The Texas Tech Red Raiders also finished the season very poorly, losing four of their last five and being outscored by 3.6 points during that stretch. I like the Longhorns and the points here. 

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