Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (28-6) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:57 PM (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TRU TV
Headed our way on Thursday in East Region action in the NCAA Tournament, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Texas Tech Red Raiders will be meeting up on the basketball court.
The Lumberjacks enter this game with a 28-6 record overall. Stephen F. Austin has won their last five straight games, including a 59-55 conference tournament win Saturday versus SE Louisiana. In that one, the Lumberjacks’ leading scorer was TJ Holyfield with 13 points.
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Shannon Bogues leads the Lumberjacks on the season with 15.4 PPG, while Kevon Harris has 14.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Also in double-figures for Stephen F. Austin is Holyfield with 13.0 PPG and 6.4 RPG.
Over on the Texas Tech side, they’re sitting at 24-9 on the year. The Red Raiders have lost five of their last seven games, including Friday versus West Virginia. In that one, Texas Tech’s top scorer was Jarrett Culver with 16 points.
Heading up the scoring for Texas Tech this year is Keenan Evans with 17.5 PPG, while Culver has 11.7 PPG. The only other Red Raiders player in double-figures this year is Zhaire Smith with 11.2 PPG and 4.7 RPG.
The Lumberjacks are 4-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. Stephen F. Austin is also 4-1 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning straight-up record and the under is 7-0 in their last seven Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 neutral-site games. Texas Tech is also 0-4 ATS in their last four Thursday game sand 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven overall.
Stephen F. Austin’s record looks great this year—they haven’t lost back-to-back games all season. The Lumberjacks have been good defensively, but haven’t really played anyone of too much consequence. Texas Tech, meanwhile, has stumbled into this postseason but to their credit they’ve been staying in games. Still, I think the Lumberjacks offense is good enough to keep up. I’m looking at Stephen F. Austin here.