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Texas Tech vs. Iowa State - 1/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State at Texas Tech
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
United Supermarkets Arena
Lubbock, TX
The Line
Texas Tech Red Raiders -5 -- Over/Under: 132.5
TV Channel
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The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 8th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Iowa State Cyclones lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-4 (2-2 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats, 58-57, this past Saturday. Iowa State led by a 35-26 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and allowed Kansas State to secure the come from behind victory after the Wildcats finished the final 5:02 of regulation on a 10-2 run. Iowa State shot 42.0% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Nick Babb who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assits, and a steal.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 79.8 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Michael Jacobson (13.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg), and Nick Babb (9.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 4.1.

The 8th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 5th straight game and improved to 15-1 (4-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns, 68-62, this past Saturday. Texas Tech was once agianst outstanding on the defensive end and pulled away late after taking a 13-3 Red Raiders run gave Texas Tech a 61-51 lead with 3:38 left in regulation. Texas Tech held Texas to 40.4% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Matt Mooney who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 72.7 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Jarrett Culver (18.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.1 apg), Matt Mooney (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg), Davide Moretti (9.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.3 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 54.0 ppg on 33.8% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 3.8.

The Cyclones are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games, however, just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Red Raiders are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win and just 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs Big-12 opponents.

Iowa State might have lost their last two games, however, this is a team that is loaded with talent and has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as they currently rank T-55th in scoring offense, 43rd in FG%, and 32nd in scoring defense. Texas Tech continues to pile on the wins behind their defense that ranks 2nd is scoring defense, 1st in defensive FG%, and 26th in turnover margin.

Iowa State has struggled since picking up a signature win at home agianst Kansas as although I wasn’t shocked with the Baylor loss, the loss at home agianst Kansas State was surprisingly. Iowa State is just 1-2 on the road this season (losses at Iowa & Baylor) and although Texas Tech has been awful ATS this season, posting just a 6-9-1 record, I think their defense will do enough to allow the Red Raiders to cover this spread at home. Take Texas Tech to cover.

Texas Tech Red Raiders -5

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