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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (8-4)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN U
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The 11th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to WVU Coliseum to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The 11th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders rebounded from their first loss of the season agianst the Duke Blue Devils, to easily defeat the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros, 71-46, this past Friday night to improve to 11-1 on the season. Texas Tech dominated UT Rio Grande Valley on both ends of the court and had no trouble paying away in the 2nd half after taking a 48-35 lead with 13:45 left in regulation. Texas Tech shot 53.8% from the field while holding the Vaqueros to just 32.7% from the field and 31.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Deshawn Corprew who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist.

On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 75.3 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Jarrett Culver (19.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.3 apg), Matt Mooney (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.2 spg), Tariq Owens (8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 bpg), and Davide Moretti (8.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.5 apg).

Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 52.3 ppg on 32.8% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 7.1 and a turnover margin of 4.3.

The West Virginia Mountaineers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-4 on the season after defeating the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 78-68, this past Sunday. West Virginia led by a 38-34 margin at halftime and pulled away after a 9-0 Mountaineers run gave West Virginia a 71-59 lead with 3:08 left in regulation. West Virginia shot 41.5% from the field and outrebounded the Mountain Hawks by a 52-25 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was James Bolden who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. The Mountaineers will be without Sagaba Konate who is out until late January due to a knee injury.

On the season, West Virginia is averaging 79.3 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Esa Ahmad (14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Sagaba Konate (13.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.8 bpg), James Bolden (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), and Lamont West (10.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, West Virginia is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 7.1 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Texas Tech has struggled ATS as of late, however, I was shocked to see this line so low even if West Virginia is playing at home. Texas Tech is arguably the best defensive team in College Basketball and comes into this game ranked 2nd in scoring defense, and 1st in defensive FG%. West Virginia doesn’t look anything like the teams we’ve seen over the past few years and come into this game ranked just 305th in turnover margin and 270th in FG%. West Virginia couldn’t get anything going offensively agianst another solid defensive team in the Florida Gators and as I expect the Red Raiders to keep the Mountaineers around 55-60 points, I’m taking Texas Tech to cover this road spread.

Pick:
Texas Tech Red Raiders -3.5

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