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Texas Tech vs. Texas - 3/4/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas at Texas Tech
Date & Time Monday March 4, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
United Supermarkets Arena
Lubbock, TX
The Line
Texas Tech Red Raiders -9 -- Over/Under: 130.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Texas Longhorns will travel to United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 11th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Texas Longhorns improved to 16-13 (8-8 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 86-69, this past Saturday. Texas had no trouble having success on the offensive end agianst the Iowa State defense and easily pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 38-26 halftime lead. Texas shot an impressive 54.7% from the fled and 60.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Jase Febres who had 26 points and 4 rebounds.

On the season, Texas is averaging 72.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Kerwin Roach II (15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Dylan Osetkowski (10.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Jaxson Hayes (10.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 bpg), and Matt Coleman III (9.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.8 apg). Texas will be without Kerwin Roach II who is currently out indefinitely due to a suspension.

Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The 11th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 7th straight game and improved to 24-5 (12-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 81-66, this past Saturday. Texas Tech was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble securing the road victory after going into halftime with a 43-25 lead. Texas Tech shot 56.9% from the field while holding TCU to just 38.7% shooting from the field and 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jarrett Culver who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 5 steals.

On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 72.9 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Jarrett Culver (17.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Davide Moretti (11.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Mooney (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.7 spg), and Tariq Owens (8.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg).

Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg on 36.7% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 3.3.

The Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Red Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Texas has lost 3 of their last 5 games and although their defense ahs been solid, ranking T-61st in scoring defense, the Longhorns offense has struggled at times and currently ranks just T-185th in scoring offense & 196th in FG%.

Texas Tech has won 9 of their last 10 games and has been led by their outstanding defense that ranks 3rd in scoring defense, 1st in defensive FG%, and 29th in turnover margin.

Texas was outstanding offensively at home against a good Iowa State team, however, it’s hard to imagine that the Longhorns will be able to find success on the road agianst one of the best defenses in the country. Texas Tech is 16-1 at home this season and between the fact that the Red Raiders offense has been playing much better as of late and that I think Texas will have trouble scoring without Kerwin Roach II, I’m taking Texas Tech to cover this home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Texas Tech Red Raiders -9

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