Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-3) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (8-7)
January 15, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +5.5 / Texas Tech Red Raiders -5.5 ; Over/Under: 126
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The 19th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 19th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 3rd straight game and improved to 13-3 on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 78-57, this past Thursday night. Texas Tech was once again dominant on the defense end and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after going into halftime with a 42-27 lead. Texas Tech shot 50.0% from the field & 39.1% from beyond the arc while holding Oklahoma State to 32.1% shooting from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Davion Warren who had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 75.2 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Terrence Shannon Jr. (14.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Kevin McCullar (12.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Bryson Williams (11.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Davion Warren (10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), & Adonis Arms (8.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg). Texas Tech has been without Terrence Shannon Jr. who is out indefinitely due to a back injury.
Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg on 37.4% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 9.4 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The Kansas State Wildcats lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 8-7 on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 60-57, this past Wednesday night. Kansas State led by the 57-52 margin with just 1:50 left in regulation, however, the offense struggled down the stretch and TCU was able to pull out the victory after closing the game on a 7-0 run. Kansas State shot 39.2% from the field & 30.0% from beyond the arc while allowing TCU to shoot 39.6% from the field & 30.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Markquis Nowell who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, & 7 steals.
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On the season, Kansas State is averaging 68.7 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Nijel Pack (15.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Markquis Nowell (13.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.4 spg), Mark Smith (10.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), & Selton Miguel (8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Red Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Kansas State. The Wildcats are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games at home, however, are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.
Texas Tech has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Red Raiders come into this game ranked 29th in FG%, 12th in scoring defense, 11th in defensive FG%, & 9th in rebound margin. Kansas State has been led by their defense which ranks 29th in scoring defense & 30th in defensive FG%, however, the offense has struggled a bit and come into this game ranked just t-256th in scoring offense & 248th in FG%.
Texas Tech did a nice job of not having a letdown game against Oklahoma State after their big win against Baylor and this is a team that although is known for their defense, has also been strong offensively this season despite missing their leading scorer. Kansas State is still searching for their first win in January and although they have a strong defense, the offense has really struggled. Kansas State loss at home to Texas by 13 points recently and as I think the Texas Tech defense is going to have similar success that the Longhorns did, I think the Red Raiders pull away in the 2nd half and cover this mid-range road spread. Good Luck!