West Virginia at Texas Tech
|Date & Time||Monday February 4, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
United Supermarkets Arena
Texas Tech Red Raiders -11.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the United Supermarkets Arena on Monday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to build some steam after picking up a 79-71 win over Oklahoma in their last outing. Brandon Knapper led the Mountaineers with 25 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a 7 of 9 mark from the foul line while Derek Culver and Wesley Harris each had 13 points with Culver adding a team-high 14 rebounds with a pair of steals for the double-double while Harris had 7 rebounds. Esa Ahmad added 12 points with 13 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for West Virginia in the win. Ahmad leads the Mountaineers with averages of 12.4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 74 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 67.9% from the foul line this season.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders could use a win after splitting their last 8 games after a 79-63 loss to Kansas in their last outing. Davide Moretti led the Red Raiders with 14 points including 3 triples, while Tariq Owens added 12 points with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. Matt Mooney added 11 points with a team-high 3 assists while Jarrett Culver chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Texas Tech in the loss. Norense Odiase added 7 rebounds as well in the losing effort. Culver leads Texas Tech with an average of 18.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas Tech is averaging 70.4 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the 3-point line and 70.1% from the foul line this season. The Red Raiders are also one of the top defensive teams in the country, allowing the 3rd-fewest points per game in D-I, giving up just 57.8 points per game on the 2nd-lowest field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.6% from the field and 27.5% from 3-point range, the 5th-lowest 3-point percentage against in the country this season.
West Virginia is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 conference games. Texas Tech is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. West Virginia is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech is the much better team defensively here and West Virginia is certainly not the team that we’ve become accustomed to seeing over the years, the one that’s dominant on defense and is feared in the Big 12. However, the Mountaineers have had recent success against Texas Tech ATS and have had a lot of success over the years in this venue. Only one of Texas Tech’s 5 home games since conference play started has been decided by more than 7 points and while West Virginia has been demolished on the road lately, I just don’t think the Red Raiders are the type of team to lay this many points with, so I’ll take West Virginia and the points in this one.