Texas Tech at Kansas State
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Kansas State Wildcats -2 -- Over/Under: 119.5
The 8th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 8th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 15-3 (4-2 Big-12) on the season after being defeated by the Baylor Bears, 73-62, this past Saturday. Texas Tech had a surprisingly difficult time on the defensive end against the Bears and couldn’t fight back after an 8-0 Bears run gave Baylor a 63-53 lead with 3:26 left in regulation. Texas Tech allowed Baylor to shoot 41.4% from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jarrett Culver who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 71.6 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Jarrett Culver (18.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Mooney (10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg), Davide Moretti (10.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), and Tariq Owens (8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg).
Defensively Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 55.8 ppg on 34.9% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Kansas State Wildcats won their 4th straight game and improved to 14-4 (4-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 65-55, this past Saturday. Kansas State was outstanding on the defensive end agianst the Horned Frogs and pulled away after taking a 56-44 lead with 6:16 left in regulation. Kansas State held TCU to just 25.0% shooting from beyond the arc and forced the Horned Frogs into committing 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Xavier Sneed who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Kansas State is averaging 65.6 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown Jr. (15.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Dean Wade (13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Kamau Stokes (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg), and Xavier Sneed (10.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 3.6.
The Red Raiders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, however, are just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 35-17-3 ATS in their last 55 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Texas Tech has won 5 of their last 8 games and although the Red Raiders have one of the best defenses in the country as they rank 2nd in scoring defense and 1st in defensive FG%, their offense has really struggled in Big-12 play as they are averaging just 64.2 ppg. Kansas State plays a similar style to Texas Tech as although their offense ranks just 325th in scoring offense, the Wildcats have one of the better defenses in the country and currently rank 4th in scoring defense and 28th in turnover margin.
Kansas State is 10-1 at home this season and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and although it’s going to be tough for the Wildcats to generate much offense, the Wildcats are playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late and I think they’ll do enough against a struggling Red Raiders team to cover this small spread at home.