The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet Wednesday in Big 12 Tournament college basketball action from Sprint Center. Texas Tech is currently 16-15 overall. The Raiders lost to Oklahoma State in their last game. As for West Virginia, they’re sitting at 18-13 overall following a win over Kansas State on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders hit a .500 clip through their first 24 games, going 12-12 overall. Texas Tech finished off the regular season on a 4-3 run, beating Kansas State, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma before losses to TCU, Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Matched up against Oklahoma State on Saturday, the Raiders went into the locker room with a 35-32 deficit. Texas Tech didn’t end up getting any closer and fell 71-68. Fardaws Aimaq, Jaylon Tyson, De’Vion Harmon and Richard Isaacs each scored a team-high nine points.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Over on the West Virginia side, they were sitting at 15-9 after 24 outings this year. The Mountaineers have since gone 3-4 with losses to Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas among wins versus Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Kansas State.
In Saturday’s Kansas State matchup, West Virginia was up 39-37 going into the second half. The Mountaineers kept it rolling on a 50-44 stretch from there and won 89-81. Erik Stevenson led the team on 27 points with five assists and four rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with West Virginia. You could make a case either way, though; we should have a pretty good matchup on our hands. The Mountaineers are 3-1 in their last four games and coming off a nice effort versus Kansas State. West Virginia has scored well lately also with 72 or more points in five straight games. These teams have met up twice this year already, with the road team winning each time. First was a 76-61 West Virginia victory on January 25, then a 78-72 Texas Tech win on February 18 at WVU Coliseum. Texas Tech is struggling right now on a three-game losing streak, however none of those losses came by more than four points. This one could go a lot of different ways so I’m probably staying away, but I’m leaning West Virginia a little more cover-wise. Should be a great game.