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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-8) at West Virginia Mountaineers (23-9)

College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Sprint Center)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Friday in the college basketball Big 12 Tournament semifinals at the Sprint Center.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for another victory after beating Texas on Thursday. 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 three of their last four neutral site games.

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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The West Virginia Mountaineers look for another victory after beating Baylor on Thursday. The West Virginia Mountaineers are averaging 80.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Jevon Carter is averaging 17 points and 6.5 assists while Daxter Miles Jr. is averaging 12.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. Lamont West is the third double-digit scorer and Sagaba Konate is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The West Virginia Mountaineers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won each of their last four neutral site games.

The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games. The Red Raiders are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 neutral site games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mountaineers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The West Virginia Mountaineers have been the better team in both meetings, beating Texas Tech by 10 points in the last contest at home and losing by one point on the road. West Virginia is one point away from beating Texas Tech in nine of the last 10 meetings. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are probably the more talented team here overall, but I like West Virginia's defensive pressure come tournament time, and it's going to be even tougher to face after playing yesterday. Give me WVU in this toss up.

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