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Texas Tech vs. Kansas - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas at Texas Tech
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
United Supermarkets Arena
Lubbock, TX
The Line
Texas Tech Red Raiders -5.5 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Kansas at Texas Tech
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The 12th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 14th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The 12th ranked won their 3rd straight game and improved to 20-6 (9-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers, 78-53, this past Saturday. Kansas had no trouble getting revenge against the Mountaineers after losing to West Virginia earlier this season and easily put this game away after taking a 43-16 halftime lead. Kansas shot 52.8% from the field while holding West Virginia to just 33.9% shooting from the field and 13.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Devon Dotson who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists.

On the season, Kansas is averaging 76.9 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Dedric Lawson (19.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.1 bpg), Lagerald Vick (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Devon Dotson (12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg), and Ochai Agbaji (10.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Kansas will be without Lagerald Vick who is out indefinitely.

Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The 14th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 4th straight game and improved to 21-5 (9-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Baylor Bears, 86-61, this past Saturday. Texas Tech had no trouble taking care of business against a Baylor team missing some key players and easily pulled away after 56-34 lead early in the 2nd half. Texas Tech shot 41.4% from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 19-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jarrett Culver who had 18 points, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 71.5 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Jarrett Culver (17.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Davide Moretti (10.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Matt Mooney (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.8 spg), and Tariq Owens (8.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg).

Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 57.2 ppg on 36.1% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 3.3.

The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Kansas has won 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank T-75th in scoring offense, 48th in FG%, and 141st in scoring defense.

Texas Tech has won 6 of their last 7 games and comes in with one of the best defenses in the country as the Red Raiders currently rank 2nd in scoring defense, 1st in defensive FG%, and 29th in turnover margin.

Kansas has been playing better as of late, however, with the Jayhawks not having Lagerald Vick or Udoka Azubuike, this is going to be a tough game for the Jayhawks to win as Texas Tech is an impressive 14-1 at home this season. Texas Tech has been lights out defensively as of late as during their 4-game winning streak, the Red Raiders are holding their opponents to an average of just 53.8 ppg, and although the Red Raiders lost by a 79-63 margin at Kansas earlier this season, I think the Red Raiders keep their Big-12 regular season championship hopes alive and do enough to cover this spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Texas Tech Red Raiders -5.5

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