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Kansas vs. Texas Tech - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Tech at Kansas
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Allen Fieldhouse
Lawrence, KS
The Line
Kansas Jayhawks -4 -- Over/Under: 133
TV Channel
CBS
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 84-65 win over TCU in their last outing. Matt Mooney and Jarrett Culver tied for the team lead in scoring with 18 points, with Mooney shooting 7 of 12 from the floor with 5 assists while Culver grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. Tariq Owens added 17 points on an efficient 7 of 9 shooting from the floor with 6 rebounds while Davide Moretti added 11 points with a team-high 7 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Texas Tech in the win. Culver leads Texas Tech with an average of 18.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas Tech is averaging 70.7 points on 47.2% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 70.7% from the foul line. The Red Raiders are also one of the toughest teams in the country on defense, giving up the 3rd-fewest points per game, allowing just 56.8 points per contest while holding their opponents to the lowest field goal percentage against in D-I, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.1% from the floor and 26.4% from 3-point range, the 3rd-lowest 3-point percentage against in D-I this season.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 73-63 road loss to Texas in their last outing. Ochai Agbaji led the Jayhawks with 24 points on 8 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and a share of the team-high with 7 rebounds while Dedric Lawson added 13 points with 7 boards, 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Lagerald Vick added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Kansas in the losing effort while Devon Dotson just missed out on joining that group with 9 points while also dishing out a team-high 4 assists. Lawson leads the Jayhawks by averaging 19.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while Dotson leads Kansas in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 76.7 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the 3-point line and 67.9% from the foul line this season.

Texas Tech is 2-11-2 ATS in their last 15 conference games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Kansas is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 17-6-2 in their last 25 home games. Texas Tech is 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams at Kansas.

Kansas’ road struggles have been well documented this season, and those struggles reared their ugly head once again in the loss to Texas, and I was one who got burned on that one. However, the Jayhawks are a completely different team at home, where they are undefeated at 11-0 and are outscoring teams by 13.2 points per game this season. Texas Tech is solid on defense, but the Red Raiders are only scoring 59.2 points per game on the road and have had serious issues ATS against the rest of the conference dating back to last season. This is a game where we should see Kansas bounce back, so I’ll lay the points with Kansas in this spot.

Pick:
Kansas -4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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